Xiphos - Bible Study Application Based on the Open Source SWORD Project for Linux and Windows

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When it comes to open source Bible study software, Xiphos is one of the most useful and well known programs out there. Xiphos is cross-platform and based on the open source SWORD Project. Formerly known as GnomeSword, Xiphos changed it's name to avoid confusion with Windows users who were not familiar with GNOME. Xiphos is currently at version 3.1.5. A slightly older version is in the repositories for most Linux distributions, including Ubuntu and openSUSE. Current binaries are available here for Fedora, Ubuntu, SuSE, FreeBSD, and Windows. Some of the things you can do with Xiphos are:

  • View your favorite scripture verse
  • Make sermon or personal notes on selected passages
  • Automatically follow Bible footnotes and cross-references
  • Compare translations in parallel
  • Work in original language study using the available Hebrew and Greek translations

Here are some of the features of Xiphos:

  • Tabbed display
  • Built-in module manager
  • Fast indexed search
  • Multi-book search
  • Map and Image support
  • Pseudo-interlinear display
  • Read Aloud
  • Localized interface
  • User-created modules (journals, prayer lists, commentaries)

As you can see, Xiphos has many uses and features. One of the main reasons people use Bible study software is for indexing and searching, and Xiphos does this exceptionally well.

Here are some scrennshots of Xiphos in action:

  • Main Interface


  • Search Feature


  • Module Manager


To install Xiphos in Linux, run the following command:

Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install xiphos

openSUSE: sudo zypper install xiphos

Windows: Download Here

Xiphos is a nice light Bible study program for my Linux OS.

I have to say this, however. Their Advanced Search is overly, overly, overly complicated. E-Sword's Advanced search isn't complicted.

Their Advanced Search doesn't produce the results I want, even when I think I have entered custom bounds.

It's the only thing they need to fix or to provide a simpler tutorial for.

Or maybe I just get a good night's sleep and I'll study, study, study their Advanced Search page unti it makes some type of sense.

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