MuseScore is an open source and free music notation software. For support, contribution, and bug reports visit MuseScore.org. Fork and make pull requests!
- WYSIWYG design, notes are entered on a "virtual notepaper"
- TrueType font(s) for printing & display allows for high quality scaling to all sizes
- Easy & fast note entry
- Many editing functions
- MusicXML import/export
- MIDI (SMF) import/export
- MuseData import
- MIDI input for note entry
- Integrated sequencer and software synthesizer to play the score
- Print or create pdf files
MuseScore is licensed under GPL version 2.0. See LICENSE.GPL in the same directory.
Read the developer handbook for a complete build walkthrough and a list of dependencies.
If using git to download repo of entire code history, type:
git clone https://github.com/musescore/MuseScore.git cd MuseScore
Otherwise, you can just download the latest source release tarball from the Releases page, and then from your download directory type:
tar xzf MuseScore-x.x.x.tar.gz cd MuseScore-x.x.x
To compile MuseScore for release, type:
cmake -P build.cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release
If something goes wrong, append the word "clean" to the above command to delete the build subdirectory:
cmake -P build.cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release clean
Then try running the first command again.
To start MuseScore, type:
cmake -P build.cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release run
Or run the compiled executable directly.
A debug version can be built and run by replacing
-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug in the above commands.
If you omit the
-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE option entirely then
used by default, as it provides a useful compromise between Release and Debug.
The new script testing facility is also available to create your own automated tests. Please try it out!
./hooks/install.sh to install a pre-commit hook that will format your staged files. Requires that you install
If you have problems, please report them. To uninstall, run