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How to run e-Sword in Linux

Date added: 2013-01-17 17:37:02
Platform: Linux
Tested on: Fedora 17

e-Sword is a very popular Bible program, developed for the Windows operating system. Unfortunately there is not a very good replacement for e-Sword in Linux, but the good news is, you can run it through Wine.

I managed to get version 10.1.0 to work in Fedora 17, but I had to jump through a couple of hoops before I got there. Here is what I did:

Step 1

Right-click on the setup file (setup1010.exe) and click on Open With Wine Windows Program Loader from the context menu. Follow the installation prompts as you would normally do in Windows.

Step 2

An e-Sword icon will be added to your Applications menu. Go to Activities->Applications->e-Sword, or run the following commands from a terminal window:

cd ~
wine 'C:\Program Files\e-Sword\e-Sword.exe'


If you get the following error when starting e-Sword: Run-time error '429': ActiveX component can't create object, run the following commands in a terminal window and follow the installation prompts on screen:

cd ~
./winetricks wsh56
./winetricks ie8

This will install the Windows Scripting Host version 5.6 & 5.7 and Internet Explorer 8 (Take note that it may take some time to download and install Internet Explorer 8).

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