List of scorewriters

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This is a list of music notation programs. It excludes programs designed specifically for writing guitar tablature. For a list of guitar tablature software see the list of guitar tablature software.

Free software[edit]

  • abcexplorer, a scorewriter for ABC notation[1]
  • Denemo, a scorewriter primarily providing a front-end for LilyPond
  • EasyABC, another scorewriter and player for abc format[2]
  • Frescobaldi, a GUI front-end for LilyPond. [GNU/Linux, OS X and Microsoft Windows]
  • GNU LilyPond, a text-based scorewriter with several backends including PS, PDF and SVG
  • Gregorio, a brief notation for representing Gregorian chant
  • Impro-Visor, a GUI- and text-based scorewriter for constructing lead sheets and jazz solos on Linux, OS X, and Windows
  • Mup (Music Publisher) by Arkkra Enterprises (went open-source in 2012, previously Shareware)[3]
  • MuseScore, a WYSIWYG scorewriter for Linux, Windows, and OS X
  • MusiXTeX, a set of macros and fonts that allow music typesetting in TeX
  • Musink Lite, a WYSIWYM scorewriter and publication tool for Windows
  • NoteEdit, a KDE scorewriter
  • Rosegarden, a scorewriter for Linux
  • Philip's Music Scribe (or PMS), a text-based scorewriter originally written for Acorn RiscOS (released as a commercial program [4] in the 1990s), later ported to POSIX and licensed under the GNU GPL
  • Aria Maestosa, open-source (GPL) midi sequencer/editor for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS
  • Manuscript Writer (no longer distributed)[5]


Microsoft Windows[edit]

Mac OS[edit]

  • ConcertWare (obsolete)
  • Cubase Score V1-5 (first run of version numbers)
  • Cubase SX
  • Cubase V4-6 (second run of version numbers)
  • Emagic, makers of Notator (bought by Apple in 2002; Windows version no longer developed or supported)
  • Encore
  • Finale notation program, plus lite versions: Finale Notepad, Notepad Plus, Songwriter, PrintMusic, Allegro
  • Guitar Pro (primarily for guitars and bands, but also notates other instruments including drums)
  • Igor Engraver
  • Logic Pro, Logic Express (successor to Notator and Notator Logic)
  • Mosaic (Mac OS 9 only)
  • Mus2
  • MusicEase, notates standard music, shaped notes and tablature; transposes and imports abc music.
  • MusicTime Deluxe
  • Notion
  • Overture plus lite version Score Writer.
  • Sibelius, plus lite versions Sibelius First, Sibelius Student, Sibelius Instrument Teacher Edition, G7
  • ScoreCloud Studio - Audio, manual or MIDI input analysis to musical notation, and editor.
  • SmartScore Pro (music-scanning and music-scoring. Lesser versions: SmartScore Songbook, MIDI, Piano and Guitar Editions)
  • Stave'n'Tabs (free, in-app purchasable PRO version), plus iOS version[6]


See also[edit]