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This is the collaboration/planning area for the Windows frontend of SWORD.

Getting Started

Compiling with Borland tools:

Borland has been in the habit of releasing different levels of their tools at different price tiers, and sometimes they have an 'Open' edition which is free for personal use or opensource development. Now, I'd personally recommend buying their tools. I use them for all of my commercial development and they are second to none-- truly built with the developer in mind.

Here are the steps to freely compile the free software freely :)

Download and install Borland's Turbo C++ compiler at:

There are different "editions" of Borland Turbo Explorer. Make sure you download the Turbo C++ edition, as you can only install one on your computer.

Download and Install Tortoise SVN:

Follow the WinCVS instructions to checkout the source code:

For Windows development, you will need to checkout 3 SVN modules: 'sword', 'biblecs', & 'icu-sword'. All three should be checked out to checked out to the same location, so you should end up with sword, biblecs, and icu-sword directories in that folder.

Download the ICU DLL from here (grab the latest icudt?? file, as of April, 2005):

and place it in the CVS tree at:


Then change to the folder:


and double-click on:


From the Borland IDE menu, choose Projects|Build All Projects

And that's it!!!

One recommendation: create a directory, \etc at the root of the drive where you checked out the SWORD source and place a file sword.conf containing something like:

DataPath=d:/Program Files/CrossWire/The SWORD Project/

[also good to set SWORD_PATH ... lda]

This will let the sword.exe running from the Borland IDE find your SWORD modules (Bibles, etc.)

Have fun!


[taken from an email from Troy on sword-devel.] -- Main.MartinGruner - 13 Jul 2003

-- Main.InVerseParaclete - 06 Dec 2003
Note that the Borland C++Builder 6.0 and C++BuilderX tools are not yet officially supported for development of BibleCS software. The project files and project group files are not necessarily kept up-to-date in SVN with the officially supported CBuilder 5.0 .bpr's and .bpg's.

If you are not an experienced C++Builder user, you will probably want to peruse the sword-devel list carefully, and strongly consider connecting with a _mentor_. There are some Getting.Started oriented projects, as well as the ./tests subdirectory.

Availability of CBuilder 5.0 is _sketchy_. It is not available from Borland anymore. For obtaining ethically, you may try e-Bay (sometimes available, usually about $50 opening bid). Another source is getting a book from your library or World.Cat, hoping the CD is still there, and taking advantage of the 30-day or 60-day trial.

-- Main.ChrisLittle - 11 Apr 2005

The CBuilder 6.0 personal is also available at polish borland representative site at address Do not be afraid, it is not Polish version, just plain English :-) To get this version working You'll need a free personal license from Borland accessible at .
Pleas also be informed that functionality of the personal edition is somewhat limited. The worst thing is that it lacks CodeGuard and Data Breakpoints which makes a memory problems debugging pretty hopeless.

-- Main.KrzysztofBialas - 16 Apr 2005