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Chaṭṭha Saṅgāyana Tipitaka Version 4.0 (CST4)

CST4 is a desktop client for browsing and searching the Pāli Canon. It is the successor to the Chaṭṭha Saṅgāyana CD 3.0 (CSCD3). CST4 is under development and is available for download from this site in a pre-release version.

System requirements: Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 with .NET Framework 2.0 installed. On Windows XP, complex script support must be enabled (see below). The program uses about 350MB of disk space including the Tipitaka data and search index.

Step 1:

The CST4 program requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 to run. Windows XP users, click here to download it. Windows 7 includes the .NET Framework by default. To ensure that it is installed on your computer, please go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off. In the list of features, scroll down to ".NET Framework 3.5.1" and check it if it is not checked, then click OK.

Step 2:

Download the CST4 installer (24.6 MB)

To start the installation, click on the .exe file that you downloaded.

To type Roman-script Unicode Pali, download and install a keyboard driver.

Enable complex script support in Windows XP. Go to Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Languages -> Click the checkbox “Install files for complex scripts including right to left languages (including Thai)”. Then OK. More info...

To type in Devanagari and other Indic scripts, you need to install the keyboard drivers included with XP and Windows 7. More info on the XP install here, and more info on Windows 7 install here.

Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 users please note the following:

  • The User Access Control feature prevents modification of files under c:\Program Files. Easiest way around this is to install in a location that's not under Program Files, like c:\CST4 or c:\Chattha Sangayana Tipitaka 4.0. The other option is to install in the default location, then go to the Properties of the program's shortcut, Shortcut tab, click the Advanced button, then check "Run as administrator".
  • The CST4 software may have some problems installing the required fonts. Please install the fonts manually. The required fonts will be in the folder c:\Program Files\Chattha Sangayana Tipitaka 4.0\Fonts. To add a font, go to Control Panel --> Fonts. Then right click and choose “Install New Font...”

Step 3:

To run the program, click the “Chattha Sangayana Tipitaka 4.0” shortcut created by the installer. The search index is generated the first time the program runs. This can take up to 15 minutes.

To report bugs, make suggestions or request additional features, please send an email to the development team at help@tipitaka.org. Your input is highly appreciated.