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Logos Bible Software

Logos Bible Software is a digital library application designed for electronic Bible study. In addition to basic eBook functionality, it includes extensive resource linking, note-taking functionality, and linguistic analysis for study of the Bible both in translation and in its original languages. It is developed by Faithlife Corporation. Logos Bible resource catalog includes more than 43,000 titles related to the Bible from 200 publishers, including Baker, Bantam, Catholic University of America Press, Eerdmans, Harvest House, Merriam Webster, Moody Press, Oxford University Press, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale House, and Zondervan. Logos also recently published its own Lexham Bible Reference series, featuring new scholarship on the original Biblical languages. (edited from Wikipedia)

Application Details:

Version: 9
License: Retail
URL: http://www.logos.com
Votes: 136
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.3

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Haven't tested every function but have used many without issues.

Audio of pronunciations works.

What does not

Some audio and video don't play.

Printing.

Workarounds

Export to document and print via libreoffice.

Play audio or video in the webapp. This is not much of a disadvantage because you'd be streaming anyway.

For indexing to complete LogosIndexer.exe needs to be set to Windows version 'vista' in winecfg.


What was not tested

I tried most stuff but not sermon editing.

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

For installation I used the installer script from https://github.com/ferion11/Lo...

This sets renderer to gdi. Installs fonts. Tweaks registry etc.

I tested both fast and slow installs with and without the appImage.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 16 20216.3Yes Yes YesSilverJohn Goodman 
ShowUbuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 16 20216.2-stagingYes Yes YesSilverFrank Sauer 
ShowUbuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 13 20206.0-rc2-stagingYes Yes YesSilverFrank Sauer 
ShowUbuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 01 20205.20-stagingYes Yes YesSilverJohn Goodman 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
47837 Logos 8 Bible Software (.Net 4.7.2 app) has graphics glitches RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
47905 Logos 8 Bible Software (.NET 4.7 app) fails to play media (crashes in MF/EVR) NEW View
47922 Logos 8/9 Bible Software (.NET 4.7 app) crashes when using 'Read Aloud / System Narrator' on selected passage NEW View
49767 Logos 8 Bible Software (.Net 4.7 app): All existing resources are deleted during app update NEEDINFO View
49919 Logos 8 Bible Software crashes when entering text in passage guide search field NEW View
49920 wine: could not load ntdll.so, and more RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
50227 Logos 8.x - 9.x Bible Software (.Net 4.7.2 app) indexer crashes NEW View
51027 Fonts blurred for some words in Logos Bible Software UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Installation Guide

**now updated for Logos 9.3 and wine 6.4 - 64bit is now regarded as stable

If you are looking to get Logos working on linux there are 2 easy choices:

1)**Recommended method - for 64bit Logos 9 use the bash install script with nice gui (this is the recommended method with the option to use an 'ideal' version of wine bundled into an appImage, 64bit seems good with this appImage): 

https://github.com/ferion11/LogosLinuxInstaller/releases

2) wasta packages support offline installation 32bit Logos 8 see the google doc guide

3) Manual

  • Install wine 6 or newer
  • winetricks corefonts
  • winetricks settings fontsmooth=rgb
  • winetricks dotnet48
  • winetricks settings renderer=gdi (you might need to set the reg key manually)
  • Install the Logos.msi download but don't run it.
  • wine64 reg add "HKCU\\Software\\Wine\\AppDefaults\\LogosIndexer.exe" /v Version /t REG_SZ /d vista /f
  • Run Logos

Manual instructions for 32bit - Please use 64bit where possible because 32bit is deprecated by faithlife.

These instructions are here for reference for those who are participating in the painfully laborious process of testing new versions or new systems please refer to ferion11 installer instead for 64bit. If that is you then good luck and please communicate with us on telegram. Telegram shared files on the Running Logos Bible Software on Linux group found at - https://t.me/linux_logos  If you just want it to work please use wasta or the ferion11 script as many hours have been spent to make those as painless and easy as possible - enjoy.

Note the software requires a user and password. A basic account is free from logos.com

enable multi-arch on an amd64 system:
dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update

Download and install the winehq repository key:

wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key
sudo apt-key add winehq.key

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list to add wine repos with: for other versions see: https://wiki.winehq.org/Download

Ubuntu (change focal according to the version you have installed)

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ focal main'

sudo apt-get update

Choose wine (6.4 devel known to work)
sudo apt-get install wine-staging winetricks winbind patch cabextract

Set up 64 or 32 bit wine bottle:
env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine-logos sh winetricks arch=32 prefix=$HOME/ .wine-logos -q dotnet48 corefonts fontsmooth=rgb drr=gdi win7

click "Cancel" to avoid installation of Mono and Gecko neither are needed. (may take 30mins to finish even on a fast machine with ssd)

drr=gdi has been buggy in winetricks due to a change in the way the reg key was changed. Newer versions of winetricks should do it correctly but if you get graphical glitches (more likely on older hardware) then you can edit the registry accordingly.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\Direct3D]
"DirectDrawRenderer"="gdi"
"renderer"="gdi"

run Logos x32 download from https://downloads.logoscdn.com/LBS8/Installer/8.16.0.0002/Logos-x86.msi (or x64) the latest version number can be found from the forum at community.faithlife.com/forums

WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine-logos/ msiexec /i $HOME/Downloads/Logos-x64.msi

run Logos
WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine-logos/ wine64 $HOME/.wine-logos/drive_c/users/$USER/Local\ Settings/Application\ Data/Logos/Logos.exe

"Download your Logos Library" - it is recommended to choose minimal install and download the rest later.
"Downloading resources" (could take hrs)
"Preparing Library" (probs a few mins)
"Indexing" (could take a couple of hours depending on library size and hardware)

To enable/disable Logos own verbose logging which can be useful for any troubleshooting:
On: wine64 reg add "HKCU\\\\Software\\\\Logos4\\\\Logging" /v Enabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0001 /f
Off: wine64 reg add "HKCU\\\\Software\\\\Logos4\\\\Logging" /v Enabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0000 /f

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