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MilkyTracker screenshot
MilkyTracker screenshot
Initial release2005[1]
Stable release
1.03 / December 12, 2020; 18 months ago (2020-12-12)[2]
Written inC++
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, MorphOS, AmigaOS and PocketPC
TypeMusic tracker
MilkyPlay: BSD-3-Clause

MilkyTracker is a free software[3][4] multi-platform music tracker for composing music in the MOD and XM module file formats.[5]

It is a clone that attempts to recreate the module replay and user experience of the popular DOS program FastTracker 2,[6][7][8] with special playback modes available for improved Amiga ProTracker 2/3 compatibility.[9]

Module tracking[edit]

Module composition or "tracking" is done through the control of multichannel sample playback. An instrument is created by arranging one or more audio samples across a keyboard range. The instrument is then sequenced on a monophonic track that contains note, volume and effect data. A pattern is a series of tracks that are played back simultaneously. A song is then created by arranging the patterns.


MilkyTracker is able to open several legacy music module formats and is able to save in .xm and .mod formats.

Like FastTracker, MilkyTracker contains a sample editor and an instrument editor. The envelope editor of the instrument editor allows the creation of many envelope points and user definable envelope loop points.

MilkyTracker also supports basic (velocity sensitive) note input via MIDI.

Platform support[edit]

MilkyTracker supports several operating systems and hardware platforms. These include:


MilkyTracker is not based on any existing module replay engine. Its core, MilkyPlay, has been in development since the mid-90s, originally as a Digitrakker .MDL player. MilkyTracker development started a decade later for the Pocket PC and it still fully operates on rather humble PDAs. MilkyTracker is and will stay a 2nd generation tracker. There are no plans to add modern tracker features that would break compatibility with FastTracker.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ChangeLog
  2. ^ "1.03 Release Notes".
  3. ^ a b c d Kirn, Peter (14 April 2008). "MilkyTracker Pan-Platform Tracker Now Open Source, with New Features". Create Digital Music. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b Deltafire (24 February 2018). "MilkyTracker v1.02 + AmigaPorts fork". MilkyTracker.
  5. ^ Annunziata, Luca (4 April 2008). "Downloads-Multimedia? Multimedia!". Punto Informatico. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Netlabels - die geheime Revolution". 7 July 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  7. ^ Elsdon, Ashley (2007). "Mobile Music Creation using PDAs and Smartphones" (PDF). Proceedings of the Mobile Music Workshop (MMW-07), Amsterdam, Netherlands. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-09-03.
  8. ^ Sandholtbraten, Frode; Gogstad, Jostein; Stokes, Michael; Jensen, Remy; Nielsen, Espen; Beiske, Konrad G. "TDT4290 at IDI/NTNU Group 2 - Norwegian University of Science and Technology" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-03.
  9. ^ "Tracker Software Overview". The Mod Archive. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Milky Tracker in The AROS Archives".
  11. ^ "MilkyTracker - Apps on Google Play". Retrieved 2022-01-28.

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