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VexFlow MusicXML plugin

This is a fork of @ringw's spectacular fork of VexFlow that adds support for loading MusicXML documents. That effort, which quite successful, is not actively synced with the upstream repository, so it does not enjoy the benefits of VexFlow's active development.

Given the difficult of maintaining forks for long periods, this project simply organizes @ringw's contribution as a plugin to the core VexFlow project. I've removed everything except the files that are specific to the fork.


Clone this repo and install the dependencies

git clone git@github.com:mechanicalscribe/vexflow-musicxml.git && cd vexflow-musicxml
npm install

This will install VexFlow and a few build dependencies to node_modules. To build the plugin, just run the build script:

./build.js --include-vexflow

This will generate a file called vexflow.musicxml.js. To use it, all you need to do is include it.

<script src="vexflow.musicxml.js"></script>

After building the script you can see this in action at demo/index.html, though you'll need to spin up a server since the page makes an AJAX call to the XML file with the actual music in it:

python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8080

Then head on over to localhost:8080/demo/index.html for some Moonlight Sonata rendered live in your browser.

Build options

To skip the VexFlow source and just use this as a plugin, omit --include-vexflow in the build:


Then you'd want to do something like:

<script src="node_modules/vexflow/releases/vexflow-min.js"></script>
<script src="vexflow.musicxml.js"></script>

To include source maps:

./build.js --debug

To include Vexflow from somewhere other than node_modules:

./build.js --path=path/to/vexflow/js_file