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Quran reader that combines the time-tested mushaf with digital convenience.


Why Qawl?

There are dozens of amazing Qur'ān applications on mobile devices, and some great ones online for all devices (like the awesome — but there was nothing up-to-date that targeted desktop computers/laptops with only useful features (without excess) and beautiful design.

Qawl is an uncompromising desktop Qur'ān reading app, featuring:

  • Lightning-fast startup and performance
  • Ultra high-quality scanned mushaf 📷
  • Beautiful-yet-effective design 🔮
  • Powerful navigation using table of contents, page flip, or direct entry 🎯
  • Precise, user-controlled zoom 🔎
  • One-click access to recitations, tafsir and translations 🖱
  • Offline support
  • Comprehensive keyboard shortcuts 🎹
  • Stunning dark theme 🌙
  • Resume directly at your last read page, zoom and theme 💾
  • Natural controls with simple click-and-drag scrolling, touchpad pinch gestures, and automatic entry of page when pressing number keys ✋🏼
  • Helpful tooltips to explain all features and teach keyboard shortcuts 💭

See Qawl in action.


Head to the releases page and choose the appropriate download for your operating system.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Tooltips within the app also explain the keyboard shortcuts for the respective function

Action Shortcut
Turn page left A
Turn page right D
Next Surah W
Previous Surah S
Zoom in =
Zoom out -
Toggle fullscreen F11
Toggle theme T
Jump to last page E
Open on Q


  1. Clone the repo
  2. cd to the directory
  3. Run npm i to install (dev) dependencies
  4. npm start to run the app locally
  5. Build using npm run dist

New Mushaf Source: From the King Fahd Glorious Quran Printing Complex online site.

Structure: package.json calls main.js, which loads index.html, which then loads script.js/surahs.js/style.css.

Design Decisions:

  • Mobile devices will not be supported; there are already amazing native apps built for them. Qawl supports tablet screen-sizes, though.
  • This is meant to replicate the mushaf, so single-page view won't be supported.
  • Notes & bookmarks will not be added to the app; keeping separate (digital/manual) notebooks is encouraged instead.

Something missing? Edit this app.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Key Action
/ Focus the search bar
Esc Focus the search bar and cleans it
Select the next search result
Select the previous search result
Enter Open the selected search result
cmdEnter Ctrl+Enter Open the selected search result in a new tab