Bible Study Software

We have an abundance of applications, available to support you in your Bible studies on many different platforms. Several of these applications are cross platform. All applications in this section use the same module library and most store their library in the same place on your computer. All are based on The SWORD Project. You can therefore try several and see which one you end up liking best:

Look at the whole range of applications or choose the icon for your platform:

Linux software Windows software MacOS software Handhelds and Mobile Phones Web based software
Linux Windows MacOS Mobile Web-based

Bible Software for Laptops and Desktop Computer


Xiphos Screenshot Xiphos (formerly known as GnomeSword), runs on Linux, Windows (Windows 2000 upwards), Solaris and all BSDs. Xiphos is a mature programme with all relevant features. Unique for Xiphos is its fully integrated and versatile ability to create your own commentaries, journals, and other content. Xiphos is translated into (currently) 11 languages, including Hebrew, Farsi, and German.
Jump to Xiphos's website.

BibleTime for Qt/KDE

BibleTime Screenshot BibleTime is a Bible study application with a long history on Linux/Unix. Now built with the Qt framework, it runs on Linux/Unix, Windows, and OS X. Its window layout is very versatile, and BibleTime makes working with even large numbers of text modules easy.
Jump to BibleTime's website.


Eloquent Screenshot Eloquent (formerly known as MacSword) brings the power and versatility of The SWORD Project to users of OS X, along with a beautiful Aqua interface.
Jump to the Eloquent website.


BibleDesktop Screenshot BibleDesktop is a powerful Bible study application based on Java technology with a unique layout. BibeDesktop lets you study several translations and commentaries in parallel and without artificial chapter/passage length limitations. The search facility is fast and powerful. Translated into English, German, Chinese and Farsi.
Jump to BibleDesktop's website.

Ezra Project

Ezra Project Screenshot Ezra Project is a user-friendly bible study tool focussing on topical study based on keywords/tags. This program can help you to easily manage your topical verse lists and verse-based notes. It runs on Windows, macOS and Linux.
Jump to Ezra Project's website.


BPBible Screenshot BPBible is Bible software which is flexible and user friendly, and empowers the user. With a wide variety of available Bibles, dictionaries, commentaries, and other books, it could easily become your first point of call for Bible Study. It has features usually found only in expensive commercial software, such as a word proximity based cross-verse search, and is available in Vietnamese and English. It works well under both Windows and Linux, and is also an official PortableApp.
Jump to The BPBible website.

AlKitab for Java

Al Kitab Screenshot Alkitab Bible Study is an open source and free desktop bible study software. It supports single/parallel view, commentaries, lexicons, dictionaries, glossaries, daily devotions, etc. It also comes with powerful search capability. It features rich and user friendly bible software study tools. Alkitab is translated into English and Indonesian.
Jump to Alkitab's website.

FireBible - A Bible study add-on for Firefox / FireBible for Firefox

FireBible logo FireBible is a Firefox add-on for Bible study on Windows and Linux. The FireBible toolbar allows you to easily load multiple Bibles for side by side comparison, and Strong's numbers, word morphology, crossreferences/footnotes and commentaries are supported. Its Ubiquity integration can be used for fast verse lookup, across multiple Bibles. FireBible also supports general book, dictionary, map and daily devotional modules. It adds the bible:// and sword:// protocols to Firefox so your Bible study experience is as easy as surfing the net; content is loaded in tabs alongside regular browser tabs but it works even when offline.
Jump to FireBible's website.

The SWORD Project for Windows

The SWORD Project for Windows Screenshot The SWORD Project for Windows is a full featured Bible study package for the layman and exegete alike. For many years it was our flagship application, offering many features even expensive programs did not have, under a simple and intuitive user interface. BibleCS is translated into Afrikaans, Czech, German, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Polish, Portuguese, and Slovakian.
Jump to The SWORD Project for Windows' website.


FlashCards FlashCards is a simple tool to help with memorization. The package includes a quizzer and a lesson editor. Keyboard input methods include Greek, Hebrew, and Latin.
Jump to the FlashCards project page.

Bible Software for Handhelds and Smartphones

PocketSword for iPhone and iPod Touch

PocketSword Screenshot PocketSword is a SWORD frontend for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It requires OS 3.0 or later and is now available in the AppStore
Jump to the PocketSword website.

BibleTime Mini for Android, Symbian, Meego, Blackberry and Windows Mobile

BibleTime Mini Screenshot BibleTime Mini is a SWORD frontend for Android, Symbian, Meego, Blackberry and Windows Mobile touchscreen phones.
Jump to the BibleTime Mini website.

AndBible for Android

AndBible Screenshot And Bible is a JSWORD frontend for Android. It is available in Android App Market.
Jump to the And Bible website.

Bishop: The SWORD Project for Android and Apple Mobile Devices

Bishop Screenshot A full-featured SWORD app for both Android and Apple mobile devices. Unique tools include ancient New Testament manuscript research utilizing the New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room resources from the Institute for New Testament Textual Research.

Get it on Google Play

SwordReader for PocketPC

SwordReader Screenshot SWORDReader For The PocketPC is a basic SWORD reader for use on PocketPC handhelds like the HP iPAQ.
Jump to the SwordReader website.

Dagger for OPIE handhelds

OPIE Dagger Screenshot Dagger is a Bible Study application developed for portable devices running Opie.
Jump to Dagger's Page

Bible Study on your Mobile Phone

Go Bible Screenshot Go Bible is a small J2ME application which runs on most modern mobile phones. Study the Bible while on the train, waiting for the doctor or in a traffic jam. Send SMS with Bible verses to your friends. Search for that elusive verse.
Jump to GoBible's Page

Software recommended for Palm PDAs

In absence of any software produced by CrossWire we recommend these programmes to you:

UniBible - Multilingual Bible Reader for the Palm

UniBible Screenshot UniBible is a multilingual Bible-reader program for the PalmOS platform. It is Unicode enabled which allows it to display Bible texts in various languages.
UniBible is completely free to download and use, courtesy of Biola University.
Jump to UniBible website.

PalmBible+ Reader for PalmOS

Palm Bible Reader Screenshot PalmBible+ is a free (GPL-licensed) Bible reader for Palm OS now maintained by Yih-Chun Hu, but originally derived from BibleReader by Poetry Poon. BibleReader was previously hosted at SourceForge, and was open-source under the GPL. Since then, Mr. Poon has taken his project commercial, allowing him to sell copyrighted versions (such as the NIV), but also preventing others from fixing or adding features to his latest project. PalmBible+ can be found here and a nice starter pack has been collected and posted by Tyndale House here.
Jump to PalmBible+ website.

Web-based Softare


SWORDWeb Screenshot Do you want to have a fully functional and powerful Bible study tool right on your church's or organisation's website? SWORDWeb is a ready to install web application, easily adapted to your organisation's needs.
Jump to SWORDWeb's website.

Also, be sure to try SWORDWeb Online
Jump to The Bible Tool website.

Virtual Manuscript Room Collaborative Research Environment (VMR CRE)

SWORDWeb Screenshot The VMR CRE: tools to facilitate your team as they collaboratively research, edit, and publish a digital critical edition
Jump to VMR CRE's website.

Also, be sure to visit prominent sites implemented using the VMR CRE software:
New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room
Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament


FlashCards FlashCards is a simple tool to help with memorization. The package includes a quizzer and a lesson editor. Keyboard input methods include Greek, Hebrew, and Latin.
Jump to the FlashCards project page.

Other Projects by CrossWire Bible Society

Many other small and large projects have kept us busy over the last few years. If you or your organisation has a special need which fits into our remit, please contact us!