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Ezra Project

"For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel." Ezra 7:10

Ezra Project is an open source bible study tool focussing on topical study based on keywords/tags. This program helps the user to easily create and manage topical verse lists. Ezra Project works with SWORD bible translation modules and thus enables bible study in many languages. It runs on Linux and Windows. Click here to get the latest release.

Ezra Project 0.8.0



Install Ezra Project by downloading the zip file and extracting it in a directory of your choice. After that, you can execute Ezra Project using the binary ezra-project.exe in the toplevel folder.


Install Ezra Project by downloading a package for your distribution. After installing the package you will find "Ezra Project" in your application menu.

  • Ubuntu 18.04 / 19.04: Dowload the appropriate Debian package attached to the latest release and install, e.g.: sudo dpkg -i ezra-project_ubuntu1904_0.8.1_amd64.deb.
  • Fedora 29 / 30 & CentOS 7: Download the appropriate RPM package package attached to the latest release and install, e.g.: sudo dnf localinstall ezra-project_fedora29_0.8.1_x86_64.rpm.
  • Arch Linux: Use your favorite AUR package manager to install ezra-project (or ezra-project-git), e.g.: yay -S ezra-project.

Usage / Howto

Watch this video howto to understand how to use Ezra Project.


Ezra Project is a web-based desktop application based on Electron. It is programmed in JavaScript, uses SQLite as its database and HTML with jQuery UI for its frontend. Bible translation modules are managed using the node-sword-interface.

Furthermore, the following components are used (among others):

  • Sequelize ORM for handling database access
  • Umzug Migration library for handling database schema upgrades
  • Pug template engine for rendering verse list
  • jQuery Steps for the bible translation wizard
  • ISO-639-3 for turning bible translation language codes into readable language names
  • officegen for exporting tagged verse lists to Word documents
  • SpinKit for CSS-animated loading spinners

Building Ezra Project


Instructions to be added


The following build instructions are valid for Debian/Ubuntu based distributions.

Setup and build

  1. Install compiler/lib dependencies: sudo apt-get install build-essential npm nodejs libsqlite3-0 libcurl4-gnutls-dev libicu-dev pkg-config cmake subversion
  2. Clone Ezra Project from git repo or unpack sources from release
  3. Install Ezra Project dependencies, execute this commmand in the project dir: npm install
  4. Rebuild C/C++ dependencies, execute this command in the project dir: npm run rebuild-linux

After performing these steps you can run Ezra Project by executing this command in the project dir: npm start

Create a release directory

To create a release directory that contains all necessary files (except Sword and SQLite libs), execute the following command in the project dir: npm run package-linux

After running the above command you will find a new directory <project-dir>/release/ezra-project-linux-x64. The application binary within that directory is named ezra-project.


To give feedback (bug reports, feature requests) please use the Github issue system. Click here to file a new Issue for Ezra Project.

Join the team!

Your contributions to Ezra Project are very welcome! At the moment this is a small project with just one maintainer. It would be great to have a team developing this software. Ideally you should bring some experience in working with web-based frontends, specifically HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Furthermore, experience with relational database design is a plus. Feel free to drop me an email ( if you are interested in joining the team!

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