NIV 2011 download

Dear fellow users,

I am trying to locate a downloadable version of the NIV 2011 (latest tranlation). I am fully prepared to pay for it, but having scoured the internet for 2 hours I find nothing (and even less about a version suitable for OpenLP).

Any help will be appreciated.

M. <><


  • Hello,

    Sorry, M., I don't have any answers, I'm just having the same problem!

    I had set myself up to get bible verses from the internet (Crosswalk) and it was working quite nicely till today, when I started getting parse errors.

    Having looked into it, it seems there is a theory that the website may block this kind of access after a while, though I haven't made much use of it. They have changed their site recently, maybe that has had an effect.

    Anyway, I thought maybe I should "just" download a version, preferably NIV 1984. The Bible import wizard talks about various formats as if they exist, but, as far as I can tell, OSIS is an XML project, and I haven't come across anything in csv format either. Opensongs Downloads page points to the Zefania page where there are indeed bibles, but not NIV.

    I understand that NIV is under copyright, but it's too bad we don't even seem to be able to pay for an electronic version in a useable format.

    I suppose I'm going back to cutting and pasting text, which will take away about 30% of the benefit of using OpenLP over PPT, I reckon. Really too bad.

    Hopefully someone out there can help!
  • Hi PaulR,

    Many thanks for your trouble.

    Sadly, the version available for download is the 1984 version. I'm after the 2011 version.

    I'm still drawing blanks on this.

    M. <><
  • @shona,

    If you download the version pointed to by PaulR, unzip it, and then import into OpenLP using OpenSong format it will give you the NIV 1984 version you seek.
  • If you import a Bible from a Web Download (File --> Import --> Bible, select Web Download as the Format),
    you can get what's labeled as "Today's New International Version" from
    Crosswalk, or "New International Version 2010" from BibleGateway. This
    requires an Internet connection to work, though. Is this what you're looking for?
  • Note that Crosswalk webbibles currently doesn't work in OpenLP 2.0.5. You'll have to use the latest beta to be able to use it.
  • Digging up an old thread (sorry).

    I found some bible data (including NIV 2011) and then wrote a script to turn it into a format that OpenLP and OpenSong should be able to read. It's a little bit rough, but got the job done.

    Hopefully it's useful to someone.
  • edited January 2021
    Greetings and blessings all!

    If anyone is still looking for the new international version (NIV) 2011 in a format that is importable for OpenLP, send a message my way and i'll be able in assist you in obtaining NIV or new living translation (NLT) [and possibly others ;)] for your services. God bless!

    Hoping to help spread Yahweh's message!
  • If you try to open the NIV link that @PaulR had posted, it is no longer working. But I have used Wayback Machine to retrieve the link, and here it is:
    @magradek had said).
  • edited July 2020
    Updated 2020-07-18:
    I can no longer use the method below to download the NIV. Not sure if it will ever come back but...I'm leaving the instructions anyway, just in case.

    I'm a little confused by this thread. I was able to quickly import the full NIV Bible into Openlp just using tools that were readily available in Openlp.

    I had also scoured the Interwebz for the answer but just accidentally ran across this process since other people had seemed to be using it (but weren't sharing how they were using it).

    For Google's sake, here is the guide to getting NIV 2011 into Openlp (with pictures!):
    1. In Openlp, go to File | Import | Bible -That will open the "Bible Import Wizard"
    2. Press Next
    3. Select "Web Download" in the "Format:" field
    4. Click on "Download bible list"
    5. Click "Bible Gateway" in the "Location:" field
    6. Click New International Version (NIV) in the "Bible:" dropdown field
    7. Click Next
    8. In a browser window, go to Google or your favorite search engine and type in "NIV copyright"
    9. As of mid July, 2020, click on the result that says "Permissions - Zondervan" (points to
    10. Find the appropriate use case on the page (in my case, It was "Copyright notices" | "NIV" | "2")
    11. Copy the copyright text (as of July, 2020, it is "Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™") and paste it into the Openlp Bible Import Wizard "Copyright:" field
    12. Back on the Zondervan site, copy the permission information (as of July, 2020, it is "Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.comThe “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™") and paste it into the Openlp Bible Import Wizard "Permissions:" field
    13. Click Next
    It should be clear from there.

    By the way, this process works with many other Bible versions and I have used it for just that. All the Bible publishers that I've tried have the copyright permissions text on their website somewhere. Just combine it with these instructions and you can keep it all legal and get the results you need.

    I hope this helps someone do a little less churning than I had to go through.

    God bless!

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