Song database.


I have really enjoyed using OpenLP. Its such a great, advanced tool that is so helpful to churches that are looking for a piece of software to run! Thanks so much to everyone who has worked so very hard on this!

A suggestion: I'm finding the song database quite limited. Is there a way to collaborate together on this database? (ie: we export openlp songs to the website here.. and merge them into one file (updating it frequently) so it is more up to date with current worship music and requires less import for any new users?) This could possibly be a download link for anyone thats downloading OpenLP.


Just some thoughts!



  • edited February 2012

    I would assume the reason you don't see this is copyright issues. If you notice, most of the songs you do get are in the public domain. We have a CCLI license to use a lot of copyrighted material in our church but we are not allowed to post it to a website like this one.

    I understand the frustration but it is something we have to live with. It isn't too bad though. I haven't even bothered with my old song db. I have just entered the new songs that I am going to use every week and it hasn't been near as time consuming as I thought it would. I know that wouldn't work in a church that is used to spontaneausly picking songs to sing during a service though.



  • edited February 2012

    One of the issues, every denomination has it's own hymnal, and for non-liturgical churches, many use another hymn book, from the denominational one.  The problem becomes that much of the music is a copyright arrangement's of public domain material and much of that is written in languages other then English.

    Each translator or arranger uses different word arrangement, some add or remove verses so that there really is no standard.  The hymnal publisher is really the one who should make this available in a standard format that programs like this one can read and add to the database.  Unfortunately this would invariably come as a commercial product, because churches that use slides don't need as many actual books. 

    Take a church where the avaerage Sunday morning fills 100 seats, that typically means for the publisher about 120 units sold.  If they make it available as slides, you might only need 20 books for the people who really want a book.  That means the loss of the profit on 100 books for the publisher.  So if they make the raw text available for slide production, they would need to collect a fee for that.  How do you figure out the fee, a flat fee, say $995, or per seat.  Per seat is hard to figure for a growing church, but would be most fair., to the congregation and the publisher..

    I find the easiest thing is to hunt the words down online,copy and paste, then do a line by line fixup.  Once a hymn is done, it's done.  If the pastor decides to add something not in the book, we cut and paste, done.




  • edited February 2012


    We cannot offer that many songs due to copyright.... if you are interested in improving the varity of songs, then please read this wiki page.



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