OpenLP stands for “Open Lyrics Projection” and is presentation software developed for churches to provide a single easy to use interface for the projection needs of a typical worship service. First created in 2004, it has steadily grown in features and maturity such that it is now a mainstay in hundreds of churches around the world.
OpenLP has searchable databases of songs and Bible verses allowing them to be projected instantly or saved in a pre-prepared order of service file. Themes allow for a variety of presentation options and allow you to add attractive visuals to enhance your presentations. PowerPoint and OpenOffice presentations, videos and audio files can be run from within the program removing the need to switch between different programs. Alert messages can be displayed so the nursery or car park stewards can notify the congregation easily. Remote capability allows the worship leader to change songs, or for alert messages to be sent from anywhere on the network, even via a smart phone or tablet.
Being free, this software can be installed on as many PCs as required, including the home PCs of worship leader(s) at no additional cost. Compared to the expensive site licenses and restrictions of commercial software we believe OpenLP is the perfect choice for quality and value. Still in active development by a growing team of enthusiastic developers, features are being added all the time resulting in continual improvement of the software.
OpenLP is licensed under the GNU Generic Public License, which means that it is free to use, distribute, modify, and it stays free.
GNU General Public License¶
The GNU General Public License was specifically chosen because it ensures the above mentioned freedoms. It specifically states that you are not allowed to charge for the software, and that you have to distribute the source code as well.
You can find a copy of the GNU General Public License from the Help menu selecting about OpenLP or view the license on-line.