Latest version (including for Symbian 5th edition, Nokia 5800/Nokia N97) can be found
Symbianbible is a bible reader for devices (mobile phones) that uses Symbian OS Series 60 and 80.
The file access engine is ported from the well known bible
reader for Palm: Bible+ , so you can use
many bible files that are already available for the Bible+.
Starting from version 0.98 the file compatibility is quite good.
The current version of this program only supports latin text,
Hebrew, and Greek, non latin text such as Chinesse, Japanese is not
yet (fully) supported (see notes on Chinese text at the bottom of
If you want to follow the development of this program, get update on new version, ask questions, or help other users, you can join the Google Group (it's a mailing list with a web interface), by visiting this url: http://groups.google.com/group/symbianbible.
Except for Nokia 7650, any Series 60 phone should work (including 3rd edition phones). Here are some of the supported models: Nokia 3650, Nokia 3660, Nokia 6600, Siemens SX 1, and Nokia N-Gage, N70, Nokia E50, Nokia E61, Nokia N73).
Any Series 80 devices (Nokia Communicator) should work (which includes version 1 and 2): Nokia 9210, Nokia 9300, Nokia 9300i, Nokia 9500.
Changes in Version 0.98.1
- Fixed Goto Verse Dialog
Changes in Version 0.98
- Port to S60 3rd edition
- SVG icon in S60 3rd edition
- Zoom in S60 3rd edition
- You can now open bible commentaries (the verse limit has been increased from 2kb to 16 kb)
- Quickly select bible using the center/fire key
- You can use Chinese Big5 bible files if you have the required font
- It is now possible to display long book name. Some bible translation has a very long name for
the title (e.g: "The Apostles" is "Kisah Para Rasul" in Bahasa Indoneia), and might get truncated
if long book name is selected if the screen size is not wide enough.
- Lower memory usage
- Book title, chapter title, and description text are now displayed
- Fixed memory leak in the bible engine
- Fixed Error in handling byte shifted PDB files
- Scroll up and down is now consistent
Symbianbible can be downloaded from this link (you can download it directly to the phone):
Note, I am rebuilding this site, please download latest version from: http://groups.google.com/group/symbianbible/files
|Version||Main Site||Alternate site|
|S60V1 (e.g: Nokia 3650, 3660, Siemens SX1, etc)||s60biblev1-0.98.sis||s60biblev1-0.98.sis|
|S60V2 (e.g: Nokia 6600, 7610, etc)||s60biblev2-0.98.sis||s60biblev2-0.98.sis|
|S60V3 (e.g: Nokia E61, E50, etc)||s60biblev3-0.98.sis||s60biblev3-0.98.sis|
|S80V1 (e.g: Nokia 9210)||s80biblev1-0.98.1.sis||s80biblev1-0.98.1.sis|
|S80V2 (e.g: Nokia 9300, 9300i, 9500)||s60biblev2-0.98.1.sis||s80biblev2-0.98.1.sis|
Not sure which one to download? You can try each version (just the SIS files please, you don't need the source code if you don't understand) and see which one works. Here are some hint to narrow your selection:
|Version||Main Site||Alternate site|
|Language file (if you intend to translate it)||symbianbible.en||symbianbible.en|
The user interface language of Symbian bible will follow the
current phone language. You can translate this program to your
language by downloading the
symbianbible.en file and
following the Instruction in the file. You could ask me if anyone
has started a translation for a particular language.
|Bahasa Indonesia||Yohanes Nugroho|
|Russian||Ð’ÐµÐ»Ð¸Ñ‡ÐºÐ¾ ÐœÐ¸Ñ…Ð°Ð¸Ð» (will be released on next version)|
|Spanish||Oscar B (will be released on next version)|
|Romanian||Alexandru Szasz (will be released on next version)|
|Czech||Manas (will be released on next version)|
|Finnish||Jaakko Sadeharju (will be released on next version)|
For those of you who already familiar on using and installing
softwares on your phone, the short instruction for installing
If the instruction is not enough for you, please read the
complete instalation instruction for series
60 1st and 2nd edition and see the special note on installing for s60bible for s60
I believe this program is already easy enough to use, so I will
not update the user manual. Old version of the manual is
still available at: manual.html. The
original format for this manual
was written using OpenOffice and has been converted
to html and pdf. I suggest you use the PDF Version of the manual for offline
If you are a user, you can help by reporting bugs, giving
suggestions, giving donation, writing/maintaining this
If you are a developer you can help on improving this program,
I'm just a begineer in the SymbianOS programming, and would really
appreciate help from the masters.
Q: Does it works on Device X.?
A: It has been tested on Nokia 3650, Nokia 3660, Nokia 6600, E50, E61, Nokia 9300, Nokia 9210, and Siemens SX1, other series 60 and 80 devices should work well.
Q: Does it work on Symbian UIQ or Series 90?
Q: Why doesn't this application search function?
A: Please wait for the next version. I'm still working on international texts (Japanese, etc), if the task has completed, then I will implement the search function.
Q: Why does the Zoom function doesn't work?
A: It works, but only for True Type fonts, see the note about fonts on the following section.
Important: I don't speak, read, or write Chinese/Greek/Hebrew, so please use English or Bahasa Indonesia to contact me.
If you have a phone that supports Chinese text, then you should be able to read BIG5 encoded bible files without problem. If you don't have that kind of phone, then you can install additional font. Unfortunately, the book list still uses ordinary font (and you will not be able to read the text). Note: I still can't find the source for a good and free Chinese font.
If the display for Greek or Hebrew text is scrambled, then you can install the ClearlyU font or other fonts that contains Greek/Hebrew glyphs.
To install a font globally (visible to all applications), copy the font files to your memory card (MMC/SD/MicroSD/MiniSD) at "\System\Fonts". It is possible to copy the font files to your phone memory, but you will not be able to uninstall it, and it may crash your phone.
To install a font locally (only visible to S60/S80bible), copy
the font files to
S60Bible 1st and 2nd ed, replace the question mark with C if you
install it to phone memory or E if you install it to Memory Card),
"?:\System\Apps\S80Bible" (for Series 80), and
"C:\Data\Fonts" (for S60Bible 3rd edition, must be in
C). I know this is a bit confusing, I wil try to make it easier
on the next version
All Symbian versions supports GDR file (such as the ClearlyU) which is a bitmap (non resizeable) font. Series 80 and Series60 v3 supports TrueType font (ttf, vector scalable/resizeable), which can easily be found on the Internet. You can install freetype.sis for Series 60 2nd edition to support ttf files. I don't know any solution for series 60 1st edition to support using ttf fonts.