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Music notation and composition software

License: GPL v3

MuseScore is an open source and free music notation software. For support, contribution, and bug reports visit 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

More info


MuseScore is licensed under GPL version 3.0. See LICENSE.GPL in the same directory.


See Code Structure on Wiki


Read the Compilation section of the MuseScore Wiki for a complete build walkthrough and a list of dependencies.

Getting sources

If using git to download repo of entire code history, type:

git clone
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

Release Build

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.

Debug Build

A debug version can be built and run by replacing -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release with -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug in the above commands.

If you omit the -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE option entirely then RelWithDebInfo is used by default, as it provides a useful compromise between Release and Debug.


See mtest/ or the developer handbook for instructions on how to run the test suite.

The new script testing facility is also available to create your own automated tests. Please try it out!

Code Formatting

Run ./hooks/ to install a pre-commit hook that will format your staged files. Requires that you install uncrustify.

If you have problems, please report them. To uninstall, run ./hooks/