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OpenLP: Adding a new song to the library

Installing OpenLP

This page tells you how to install OpenLP on any Windows 10 computer and assumes you are reasonably familiar with installing an application. If you are in any doubt please ask Peter for help.

Go to, click on Downloads and select your operating system.

If it gives you a choice of versions, go for 2.4. Follow the usual prompts to install the software.

If you want to use sound or video files you need also to install VLC, from here:

You now have a local version of OpenLP which you can use however you wish.

Connecting to the church library

The St Andrew’s installation of OpenLP uses a library and associated files saved in a Dropbox. If you are preparing or rehearsing plans which will be used in the church you may use this library. Be aware that you are using the live library and any changes you make are permanent and affect all users of this library!

To connect, first request access to the Dropbox from the website manager. Install Dropbox on your computer if it isn't already installed. Once you receive the invitation to join the OpenLP Dropbox, accept it and wait for it to sync. Check that you can see the OpenLP folder and its contents with green blobs in each folder icon showing that the sync is complete (blue blobs mean it is not).

Open a command window by right-clicking on the Windows symbol at the bottom right of your screen and selecting 'Command prompt' or 'Windows PowerShell' - not the options with '(Admin)' after the name.

For Command prompt enter: echo %userprofile%
or for Windows PowerShell enter: echo $env:userprofile

In either case the system will respond with something like: C:\users\abcde

Your username is the string of characters after the last \ - ie abcde in this example. It will probably be your first name or the first 5 characters of your first name.

Next, for either Command prompt or Windows PowerShell enter:
net use O: \\localhost\c$\users\abcde\dropbox\openlp
substituting your username - see above - for abcde. Note that the character before the colon is letter O for OpenLP.

The system should respond with 'The command completed successfully'. Verify that it did so by entering the command:
dir O:\data

... and the list of folders shown should include alerts, bibles, custom and several more.

Now open OpenLP and go to Settings → Configure OpenLP. Click on Advanced and then at the foot of the left column next to Custom path click on the floppy disk icon, navigate to O:\data and click on OK.

Very important: you will receive a warning messsage saying that location you have selected already contains OpenLP data files and it will ask if you want to replace them. You must answer No.

Now close OpenLP and re-open it, and you should find yourself connected to the St Andrew’s database. Verify that by clicking on Songs in the Library, and the first entry should be '* = song is in St Andrew’s Songs database'.

OpenLP tutorial

External documentation