Compiling Bibletime 2.9.2 in Linux Mint 15

04 Jul

I just experienced a substantial boost to my geek-ego… for the first time ever I succeeded in compiling a software program from source!


After upgrading my laptop to Linux Mint 15 over the last couple of days, I discovered that Bibletime 2.9.1 presented me with blank pages instead of Bible text, commentaries, etc. My first thought was “hmmm… maybe I’m looking at white text on white background?” No such luck. If that were the case, you could still click and drag over the text and copy/paste, etc. The window was actually empty where there should have been text, no matter which Bible, commentary, etc. was opened. I tried downloading a new copy of the KJV Bible using the Bookshelf Manager… still the same issue.

Well, let’s see what the newest version is at Sourceforge… Bibletime 2.9.2.

So… here is what I had to do to get it going… (please understand that this was MY wandering pathway, in MY installation… not all of these steps may actually be necessary, but the end result for me was good):

First, install some preliminary software that will allow you to compile it on Linux Mint/Ubuntu. The following commands (in italics) are to be typed or copy/pasted into a terminal such as Konsole:

sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall cmake

…and to satisfy dependencies for Bibletime (not certain that every package listed here is absolutely needed, but there were several that silenced some build errors…)

sudo apt-get install qt4-designer qt4-demos qt4-doc qt4-dev-tools libqt4-dev libclucene-dev libsword-dev libsword-utils libqt4webkit-dev curl zlibc libqt5clucene5 libqt5core5

Then, download the tarball from sourceforge

Then, make sure your /usr/local/src folder belongs to you and is writable:

sudo chown $USER /usr/local/src

sudo chmod u+rwx /usr/local/src

Then, move the downloaded bibletime tarball into /usr/local/src

Extract it with the following command (change the filename if you are using a different version of bibletime!)

tar -xjvf bibletime-2.9.2.tar.bz2

navigate into the new bibletime directory created in /usr/local/src:

cd /usr/local/src/bibletime-2.9.2

and finally, type the following command


(close eyes… hold breath… push Enter!)…

[please note: the following screenshot is a “re-creation” for illustrative purposes only! Contrary to what the picture shows, I did not install Bibletime in a folder on my Desktop!]


And now is when the terminal goes crazy with a mind-boggling array of things it has to do to compile human-readable source code into machine-readable binary code! If all goes well, in the end it will give you the path to the newly created binary:


Now, you can use that line to create a shortcut in your menu system or on your desktop. For me, using KDE:

-right-click on the “Start button” (using Windows-Speak) or, more correctly in KDE… the “Application Launcher Menu” button.

-click “Edit Applications”

-select “Education” (or wherever you would like it to appear in your menu structure)

-click the “New Item” button and enter “Bibletime” in the window that pops up, and click OK

-select the new Bibletime entry in the menu editor tree, and type “Bible study tool” or whatever you like in the description line on the right.

-copy and paste the path to the new binary in the “Command” field. For me this was “/usr/local/src/bibletime-2.9.2/build/install/bin/bibletime” (do not type the quotation marks!)

And finally, before closing the menu editor, click on the blank square in the upper right of the menu editor window. This will bring up a window where you can select an icon for the Bibletime entry in the menu. Click on “Other icons:”, and browse to /usr/local/src/bibltime-2.9.2/pics/icons/bibltime.svg

-click on the “Save” button on the menu editor window


Hopefully, when you click on Bibletime in your menu, it should fire right up! Enjoy!


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4 responses to “Compiling Bibletime 2.9.2 in Linux Mint 15

  1. Matthew

    July 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks. This worked like a charm, although for me it was libqtwebkit-dev not libqt4webkit-dev. I would have thought an updated package would have been pushed to ubuntu by now.

  2. Dona

    September 17, 2013 at 7:11 am

    MANY thanks for providing this. I’ve been tearing my hair out for a couple of days trying to get a working version of Bibletime installed in Mint 15. And thanks also to the previous poster, because I also had to use instead of I would NEVER have worked that out for myself!

  3. rick

    December 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Working on it right now. D630 Dell laptop. When I ran make it had errors. turns out even though I copied-pasted and ran apt-get for dependencies, not all were installed. I had to use the software manager to verify which ones installed and used it to install missing ones.

    OK, make finished and ran in from terminal and it worked! Genius mate! thx, now to try your shortcuts.

    I’m running linux mint 15 cinnamon and its similar. right click on Menu/start button and choose “edit menu” the rest is fairly similar and you should be able to figure it out.

    Anyway this was fun and you are awesome!


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