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MuseScore: Music notation and composition software

MuseScore is an open source and free music notation software. For support, contribution, bug reports, visit MuseScore.org. Fork and make pull requests!

Features

  • 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

License

MuseScore is licensed under GPL version 2.0. See LICENSE.GPL in the same directory.

Packages

  • aeolus Clone of Aeolus Disabled by default in the stable releases. See http://dev-list.musescore.org/Aeolus-Organ-Synth-td7578364.html Kept as an example of how to integrate with a complex synthesizer.

  • assets Graphical assets, use them if you need a MuseScore icon. For logo, color etc... see https://musescore.org/en/about/logos-and-graphics

  • awl Audio Widget Library, from the MusE project

  • build Utility files for build

  • bww2mxml Command line tool to convert BWW files to MusicXML. BWW parser is used by MuseScore to import BWW files.

  • demos A few MuseScore files to demonstrate what can be done

  • fluid Clone of FluidSynth, ported to C++ and customized

  • fonts Contains fontforge source (sfd) + ttf/otf fonts. MuseScore includes the "Emmentaler" font from the Lilypond project.

  • libmscore Data model of MuseScore

  • mscore Main code for the MuseScore UI

  • mstyle Clone of KDE4 style Oxygen

  • msynth Abstract interface to Fluid + Aeolus

  • mtest Unit testing using QTest

  • omr Optical music recognition

  • share Files moved to /usr/share/... on install

  • test Old tests. Should move to mtest

  • vtest Visual tests. Compare reference images with current implementation

  • thirdparty Contains projects which are included for convenience, usually to integrate them into the build system to make them available for all supported platforms.

Building

Read the developer handbook 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 https://github.com/musescore/MuseScore.git
cd MuseScore

Else can just download the latest source release tarball from https://github.com/musescore/MuseScore/releases, 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, type:

make release

If something goes wrong, then remove the whole build subdirectory with make clean and start new with make release.

Running

To start MuseScore, type:

./build.release/mscore/mscore

The Start Center window will appear on every invocation, until you disable that setting via the "Preferences" dialog.

Installing

To install to default prefix using root user, type:

sudo make install

Debug Build

A debug version can be built by doing make debug instead of make release.

To run the debug version, type:

./build.debug/mscore/mscore

Testing

See mtest/README.md or https://musescore.org/en/developers-handbook/testing for instructions on how to run the test suite.