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Here you’ll find Bible datasets, databases, and texts that can be used in software development and programming. We want to help people get answers to questions like: where can I download the Bible text for free; download the Bible data set to use in apps and software projects, how to access Bible as API, Bible download in XML, CSV, USFM, or other formats.

There are also many popular Bible versions and translations that have copyrights requiring licensing for legal usage. The Digital Bible Library enables developers to easily access popular versions like NIV (New International Version) and ESV (English Standard Version). For usage rights of other copyrighted Bible texts, you will need to contact the corresponding copyright holder to make legal arrangements for permissible use.

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Bible API

Digital Bible Library (DBL) – United Bible Societies
The Digital Bible Library® (DBL) curates Scripture translation content in a standardized digital format for a larger digital scripture development ecosystem. DBL now hosts a secure collection of over 2000 texts in more than 1400 unique languages. DBL streamlines licensing and access to high-quality, digitized translations by approved ministries, mission agencies, and technology innovators.

ABS BibleSearch API @ API.Bible – American Bible Society (free)
With nearly 1500 Bible versions available across over 1000 languages, API.Bible offers the largest collection of Bibles available. The Bible Search Application Programming Interface (API) allows any developer to include Scripture content and text anywhere in their website or application for non-commercial purposes. Access via XML or JSON requests served over HTTP using RESTful resources.

Digital Bible Platform API – Faith Comes By Hearing (free)
The Digital Bible Platform provides simple API calls for easy access to Bible text, audio, and video in 1000+ languages.

Biblia.com API – Faithlife (free)
Biblia.com API provides Web, mobile, and desktop applications with access to Bible text through web services. Specifically, there are services that get information about the available Bibles, download the text of those Bibles, and search those Bibles. Additional services support validating Bible references, comparing Bible references, and finding Bible references in text and HTML.

ESV Bible Web Service API – Crossway (free for non-commercial use)
API access to the Holy Bible, English Standard Version. The ESV API is available in HTML, plain text, and the XML format used to store the text.

NLT API – Tyndale House Publishers (free for non-commercial use)
API access to the New Living Translation of the Bible

NET Bible’s Bible.org API – NET Bible (free)
API access for using NET Bible text in your web application or service. (html/json/xml)

SWORD Engine API – CrossWire Bible Society’s open source Bible software

RESTful Bible API – more than 7 versions, 5 languages and multiple features to simplify your day to day.

getBible API 
API access to the Bible via Joomla component and JSON. Also, download Bible text in many languages at its GitHub repository, including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai.

bible-api.com – Sinatra web app that serves RESTful JSON web API for open and public domain Bibles. Repository of public domain and freely licensed Bibles in XML and other standard formats.

jsonBible.com – interprets Scripture reference into more easily parsed format​

SWORD-to-JSON – ​Convert SWORD modules to JSON: Generate json files of many Bible versions

Node.js based Bible API GraphQL web service ​and API RESTful web service

XML and other formats for Bible texts

marvel.bible
Open Hebrew Bible Project; aligning BHS with WLC; bridging ETCBC, OpenScriptures & Berean data on Hebrew Bible 

berean.bible/downloads.htm
Berean Study Bible in XLSX, PDF, Word, and Text

ebible.org/find
list of available downloads in many languages, like Albanian, Khmer, 中国语文, አማርኛ, français, Deutsch, German, हिन्दी भाषा, Português, Español, Tiếng Việt, etc.

github.com/churchio/bible_parser
Ruby library for parsing different bible XML formats, supports USFX and OSIS

github.com/openbibleinfo/Bible-Passage-Reference-Parser
​Bible Passage Reference Parser- Coffeescript to identify and understand Bible references like “John 3:16.”

sacred-texts.com/bib/osrc
Bible Data Files: King James Version, the Apocrypha, Greek New Testament, Septuagint, Tanach, Vulgate (UTF-8)

tanach.us/Pages/Technical.html
The Westminster Leningrad Codex (WLC) has Unicode Hebrew characters with XML markup; displayed Tanach text is obtained from these formal electronic files. 

mechon-mamre.org
online and offline Bible and Mishneh Torah texts 

biblicalhumanities.org/dashboard
list of data resources for Greek and Hebrew studies, mostly provided under open licenses—base texts, tagged texts, lexicons, grammars—including: Nestle 1904 Greek New Testament, Codex Sinaiticus, Septuagint, Liddell-Scott-Jones Perseus Lexica, Mounce Lexicon, Rydberg-Cox Greek Syntax

byztxt.com/downloads.html
Robinson-Pierpoint Byzantine text—the New Testament in the Original Greek, Byzantine Textform, 2005.

morphgnt.org
Linguistic Databases and Python Tools for the Greek New Testament.

TextCritical.net
free access to ancient Greek works in the original language; an open source project

o-bible.com/dlb.html 
Download Bibles: Bible in Basic English, King James Version, Chinese Union Version (GB2312 and Big5)

bible4u.net/en/download 
Bible translations in various format (XML, PDF, TXT, LaTeX)

Bible translations in JSON format
American Standard Version (ASV), King James Version (KJV), Contemporary Russian Translation of the Bible (CRTB), The New Russian Translation (NRT), Russian Synodal Translation (RST)

github.com/thiagobodruk/biblia
Bíblia: XML + SQL + JSON – ​Este projeto tem o objetivo de democratizar o acesso à Bíblia Sagrada em português brasileiro a programadores e desenvolvedores. 

OSIS Bible Tool Library
Using the OSIS XML format, this online Bible Tool library with many Bible versions, multiple languages, commentaries, devotionals, lexicons, and dictionaries. Displayed in a browsable listing at crosswire.org/study and data sets can be downloaded as SWORD modules.

Bible texts in Creative Commons, Open Source, or Public Domain

worldenglish.bible
The World English Bible (WEB) is a Public Domain (no copyright) Modern English translation of the Holy Bible.

kingjames.bible 
a clean, high quality implementation of a KJV Bible without distracting fluff – download its source code at github.com/pstephens/kingjames.bible that includes the KJV in text format, sourced from sailor.gutenberg.org, www.bf.org/av-1769, www.staggs.pair.com-kjbp, kjv-1769​

openscriptures.org
Platform for the development of open scriptural data and its applications – Open Scriptures seeks to be a comprehensive open-source Web repository for integrated scriptural data and a general application framework for building internationalized social applications of scripture.

Project Gutenberg
Download the KJV in HTML, ePub, Kindle, or plain text (UTF-8) at The King James Version of the Bible and The Bible, King James Version, Complete

Bible Versions and Cross-Reference Databases: mysql, sql, sqlite, xml, csv, json formats (cf. forked by theonize)

  • American Standard-ASV1901 (ASV)
  • Bible in Basic English (BBE)
  • Darby English Bible (DARBY)
  • King James Version (KJV)
  • Webster’s Bible (WBT)
  • World English Bible (WEB)
  • Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)

Repository of public domain and freely licensed bibles in XML and other standard formats (USFX, OSIS): Cherokee New Testament, King James Version, World English Bible, Clementine Latin Vulgate, João Ferreira de Almeida, Romanian Corrected Cornilescu Version.

unfoldingWord is a collaborative network focused on providing open-licensed biblical content, open-source technology tools, and effective training to equip the entire global Church for Bible translation and discipleship. Downloads include Unlocked Literal Bible, Unlocked Dynamic Bible, unfoldingWord Greek New Testament, unfoldingWord Hebrew Bible; also unfoldingWord API available.

github.com/openbibleinfo/American-Standard-Version-Bible
Full text, footnotes, and formatting of the American Standard Version Bible (1901, ASV). Public Domain. Files are in USX format, which is an XML derivative of the USFM format.

modernliteralversion.org​
Holy Bible, Modern Literal Version – an open source Bible translation, started in 1998

openenglishbible.org
Open English Bible – a completely free modern English translation of the Bible​; public domain, no copyright

lexhamenglishbible.com
Lexham English Bible is downloadable for Logos Bible Software, in plain text TXT, XML, ePUB, and more; free use with attribution.

htmlbible.com – free Bible software in Web-based formats by John Hurt, including King James Reference Bible, Easton Bible Dictionary, Nave Topical Index, Matthew Henry Commentary

Open Greek New Testament
Open Greek New Testament Project; NA28 / NA27 Equivalent Text & Resources

Bible Cross References (openbible.info)
Bible cross-reference data compiled from public-domain sources, primarily the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. About 340,000 cross references identify commonalities between different parts of the Bible—chains of similar themes, words, events, or people.

github.com/theonize/charis
Open Source Bible Translation, initially based on YLT

simoncozens.github.io/open-source-bible-data
Open Source Bible Data – This repository gathers together in one place freely available Biblical texts, tools and data in multiple languages and in multiple computer formats.

Free Bible Version
New Testament In English and Spanish, a translation by Dr. Jonathan Gallagher (Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs License 4.0.)

Download Text of the entire Bible


The Unbound Bible

Download Unicode Bibles with UTF-8 encoding in many languages, including: 
​Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Aramaic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Deutsch, Español, Finnish, Français, Italiano, Japanese, Myanmar/Burmese, Norwegian, Polski, Português, Romanian, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Ελληνικά (Greek), Русский (Russian), עברית (Hebrew), 한국어 (Korean), and more.

SWORD Bible Texts & Translations
Bible texts and translations that can be used in any SWORD-based Bible program. SWORD is an API for CrossWire modules. Includes many languages (Arabic, Chinese, Coptic, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese) and English includes ASV, ESV, KJV, New English Translation, World English Bible. 

NET Bible Download – in English and Chinese (.DOC, ePub, Kindle)

Download MySQL Database for The Holy Bible (King James Version) at github.com/webplantmedia/the-holy-bible and the Free eBook Bible at ebookbible.org (in .MOBI format for Amazon Kindle e-readers)

bibleprotector.com – text of the Pure Cambridge Edition of the King James Bible (PDF, plain text, mySQL, tab delimited, more)

Free Bible Downloads (biblehub.net)
Free access to Interactive eBibles and PDFs in 4 formats: ePub, PDF, Excel database, full text. Plus, there’s a “Ten-in-One Bible Database” in parallel for quick access and comparison, with the following 10 versions, in Excel or full text formats:

  1. King James Bible    
  2. American Standard Version    
  3. Douay-Rheims Bible    
  4. Darby Bible Translation    
  5. English Revised Version    
  6. Webster Bible Translation    
  7. World English Bible    
  8. Young’s Literal Translation    
  9. American King James Version    
  10. Weymouth New Testament

Catholic Bible

Repository of Bible Datasets from Tyndale House STEPBible