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Where can I get the text of the siddur/prayer book (or at least benching/grace, mincha/afternoon prayer, and/or ma'ariv/evening prayer) in a free computer friendly format? I'd like to be able to make materials that include commonly needed teffilos(prayers) (e.g. a bencher card) on my computer.

I'd like the text to ideally be:

  • In different nusachos (versions, like Nusach Sefared or Ashkenaz)
  • Free (copyright free and free of charge)
  • In a computer format that can be copied or pasted (not an image)
  • In Unicode
  • In Hebrew
  • With Nikkudos (Vowels)

even if only some of the prayers are available and have only some of the features listed above, I'd be interested.

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Adam, Welcome to mi.yodeya, and thanks very much for the excellent question, which I'm sure others will find useful! I look forward to seeing you around. – Isaac Moses Mar 15 '11 at 0:33

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A good place to start would be here, on Hebrew Wikisource. It looks like their texts would meet all of your criteria.

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Can't Wikisource be edited by anyone? Therefore, how is it possible to know that the text is absolutely valid? – Adam Mosheh Apr 16 '12 at 19:22
How do you know any text you buy is 'absolutely valid'? Wikisource is maintained by a team of fairly altruistic folks, can you say the same about the companies you buy your siddurim from? – Yaakov Kuperman Apr 17 '12 at 3:11
Text found in Wikisource is not necessarily copyright-free. Copyright policy. – Ypnypn Mar 3 '14 at 0:58
@Ypnypn may not be free of copyright (i.e. public domain), but it definitely has a free copyright (i.e. free cultural works). – Nemo Apr 6 at 17:51 does a pretty good job with providing the full text. very nice

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Meshulum, welcome to Judaism.SE, and thanks very much for sharing that awesome resource! Please consider registering your account, which will give you access to more of the site's features. – Isaac Moses Apr 17 '12 at 3:57
+1, thank you so much! – Adam Mosheh Jul 3 '12 at 16:37 has Nusach Ari.

This might not meet all the criteria in the question, but others with the same question and fewer restrictions might find it useful.

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