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Bible Organisational System — load, check, and/or export Bible files/folders

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Bible Organisational System / BibleOrgSys / BOS

A library of modules for importing and processing various book/chapter/verse (BCV) texts, including Bibles of course, but also other related BCV materials like Bible commentaries. Multiprocessing is used by default to load Bibles that have separate books in separate files.

On most systems, BibleOrgSys can be installed (as shown above) with:

pip install BibleOrgSys

or if you only want the library, and don't care about the included app:

python3 -m pip install --user BibleOrgSys

This library also includes one app (similar to the demo app below) named Bible2USX which can be run with:

Bible2USX path/to/BibleFileOrFolder

or to view all the available options:

Bible2USX --help

You can discover the version with:

Bible2USX --version

The BibleOrgSys reads or creates a BibleOrgSysData folder in your home folder. (The folder is not hidden like many typical settings folders so that it's easier for non-expert users to find.) Log files are stored in a subfolder there, and may be useful for reporting errors. Output files will also be written by default into a subfolder there.

NOTE: This packaging is still being tested following massive restructuring, and is not necessarily fully functional until it is marked as v0.1.0 or higher. We also have hopes to improve documentation before v0.2.0.

A future package of apps that use the BOS is also planned for release. After that point, we also hope to release some prepackaged versions— probably including Docker and Snap.

This software has been developed in very small chunks of spare time since 2010 (so it's not necessarily well structured, and definitely not polished). However, it has been tested on hundreds of Bible filesets, including USFM, OSIS, USX, USFX, and many other import formats.

This library forms the basis of the online Bible Drop Box service hosted at

This package will not reach v1.0.0 until versification mapping is added. The API will not become fixed/stable until the v1.0.0 release.

Other than the multiprocessing mentioned above, no attempt at all has been made at memory or speed optimisations and this is not planned until after the release of v1.0.0.

Here is the code for a simple Bible (e.g., USFM) to USX converter using BibleOrgSys:

#!/usr/bin/env python3
# (minimal version)
# Command-line app to export a USX (XML) Bible.
# Copyright (C) 2019-2020 Robert Hunt
# Author: Robert Hunt <>
# License: See gpl-3.0.txt
A short command-line app as part of BOS (Bible Organisational System) demos.
This app inputs any known type of Bible file(s) from disk
    and then exports a USX version in the (default) BOSOutputFiles folder
        (inside the BibleOrgSys folder in your home folder).

Note that this app can be run from using the command: path/to/BibleFileOrFolder

You can discover the version with --version

You can discover the available command line parameters with --help

    e.g., for verbose mode --verbose path/to/BibleFileOrFolder
    or using the abbreviated option -v path/to/BibleFileOrFolder

This app also demonstrates how little code is required to use the BOS
    to load a Bible (in any of a large range of formats — see
    and then to export it in your desired format (see options in
from BibleOrgSys import BibleOrgSysGlobals
from BibleOrgSys.BibleOrgSysGlobals import fnPrint, vPrint, dPrint
from BibleOrgSys.UnknownBible import UnknownBible

PROGRAM_NAME = "Bible to USX (minimal)"

# Configure basic Bible Organisational System (BOS) set-up
parser = BibleOrgSysGlobals.setup( PROGRAM_NAME, PROGRAM_VERSION )
parser.add_argument( "inputBibleFileOrFolder", help="path/to/BibleFileOrFolder" )
BibleOrgSysGlobals.addStandardOptionsAndProcess( parser )

# Search for a Bible and attempt to load it
unknownBible = UnknownBible( BibleOrgSysGlobals.commandLineArguments.inputBibleFileOrFolder )
loadedBible = autoLoadAlways=True, autoLoadBooks=True ) # Load all the books if we find any

# See if we were successful at loading one (and only one), and if so, do the export
if not isinstance( loadedBible, str ): # i.e., not an error message
    loadedBible.toUSXXML() # Export as USX files (USFM inside XML)
    vPrint( 'Quiet', False, f"\nOutput should be in {BibleOrgSysGlobals.DEFAULT_WRITEABLE_OUTPUT_FOLDERPATH.joinpath( 'BOS_USX2_Export/' )}/ folder." )

# Do the BOS close-down stuff
BibleOrgSysGlobals.closedown( PROGRAM_NAME, PROGRAM_VERSION )

The BOS is developed and well-tested on Linux (Ubuntu) but should also run on Windows and OS X (although not so well tested).

See for more information about USFM.

See for more information about USX.

This library forms the basis of the experimental Biblelator Bible translation editor.

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