Installation

Versions

There is a Bibledit version for Windows, for the Mac, for Android, for iOS, and for Linux. These are all client editions of Bibledit.

There is also a server edition of Bibledit. That is 'Bibledit Cloud'. It runs on the web. Bibledit Cloud has more capabilities than the standard Bibledit editions.

The standard Bibledit editions connect to an instance of Bibledit Cloud for collaboration, keeping the devices in sync, and for backup.

All Bibledit editions, including Bibledit Cloud, enable Bible translation. With a fast internet connection, it is usually easiest to translate straight in Bibledit Cloud through the web browser. When the internet connection is slow, or when it is off at times, it is recommended to translate through one of the standard Bibledit versions. The changes made in this way can be synchronized with Bibledit Cloud through Send/receive.

Standard installation

Bibledit on Windows

Bibledit on Android

Bibledit on macOS

Bibledit on Linux

Bibledit on iOS

Bibledit on Chrome OS

Bibledit Cloud on Ubuntu

Upgrading

A certain release of Bibledit can upgrade the most recent previous release, but not older releases. A new release can be installed over the previous release. There should be no loss of information. Create a backup of the Bibledit folder before upgrading, just to be sure.

Clients

The various Bibledit client editions store the data offline. You can translate the Bible on a client. The user needs to regularly synchronize the data on the client with the data on Bibledit Cloud. A Client is useful when the Internet connection to Bibledit Cloud is not fast or not stable.

In the Bibledit client, connect to Bibledit Cloud once, and provide your username and password as you normally log in on Bibledit Cloud. Also provide the port number. Then synchronize the data. The first time the client will download all Bible data and Notes from Bibledit Cloud and store it offline. That may take a while. After that, synchronizing will send and receive the changes only.

The client mode is useful in a situation where the Internet connection is not optimal. All data is stored locally on your computing device. During translation, the Internet connection is not used. It is used during synchronization.

Email

Bibledit Cloud works with email. After completing the installation of Bibledit, sending and receiving emails does not yet work. This needs to be set up. Setting up the email means to pick an email address and setting details for the mail servers in Bibledit. This can be done from within the web application.

Multiple translation teams

There are two ways to have multiple translation teams on one server.

  1. Install multiple parallel copies of Bibledit on one server. Unpack the installation zip archive in sub folders with different names. Each copy has its own web address. Everything is completely separated between the parallel copies. This includes the data and the databases. Every copy has its own independent databases.
  2. Use one installation of Bibledit. Give various users read or write access to various Bibles. Users with write access together constitute a translation team that can edit the Bible.

Development version

The Bibledit source code is kept in git repositories.

Hosting providers

To run Bibledit Cloud, a Linux VPS (virtual private server) is needed. Good providers are:

  1. RamNode, Premium OpenVZ SSD 128MB for $15 per year (2017).
  2. Digital Ocean, 512 Mb / 1 CPU / 20 Gb SSD Disk for $5 per month = $60 per year (2017).

You may also run your Bibledit Cloud instance from bibledit.org. Use the contact form to explain why you need a Bibledit Cloud instance.

OpenLDAP

It is possible to enable an external OpenLDAP server for user authentication. The following file in the Bibledit installation provides all information needed: config/config.txt.

Security

It is possible to secure traffic between a user's browser and Bibledit Cloud, and between Bibledit clients and Bibledit Cloud. The following file in the Bibledit installation provides all information needed: config/config.txt.

For better security, access Bibledit Cloud through a Tor browser.