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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 '15 at 17:51
@YaakovKuperman I realize that it is several years since your comment, but the sheer importance of correcting the misinformation compels this reply. – ssvarc Feb 2 at 19:43

http://www.onlinesiddur.com/ 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

idaven.com 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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I would recommend Open Siddur. They have directions how to create your own siddur, as well as some already created siddurim, with full attribution info (allowing one to contact the original authors).

E.g. There is a Nusach Ashkenaz siddur "Tefiloh Sefas Yisroel", dedicated to the memory of the Bad Homburg Jewish community, with the author's name and a comment thread, where he has responded to questions about it.

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