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Final release
2.8.1 / 4 September 2006; 17 years ago (2006-09-04)
Written inC++
Operating systemUnix-like

NoteEdit is a defunct[1] music scorewriter for Linux and other Unix-like computer operating systems. Its official successor is Canorus.[2]

NoteEdit is written in C++, uses the Qt3 toolkit, and is integrated with KDE. Released under the GPL-2.0-or-later license, NoteEdit is free software.


NoteEdit, unlike some Linux-based music editors, features a graphical user interface. NoteEdit's design has been praised by ITworld,[3] and Linux Journal praised both the interface and the relatively wide range of features and applications of the program.[4]

It supports an unlimited number and length of staves, polyphony, MIDI playback of written notes, chord markings, lyrics, and a number of import and export filters to many formats like MIDI, MusicXML, abc, MUP, PMX, MusiXTeX and LilyPond.[4]

Linux Magazine recommends using NoteEdit with FluidSynth, a software synthesizer, to expand NoteEdit's abilities. FluidSynth uses SoundFont technology (a sample-based synthesis) to simulate the sound of a NoteEdit score played by live instruments.[5]


NoteEdit was maintained by Jörg Anders for a long time. Since August 2004, a new development team was formed. Now there are quite a few people behind this software project:

  • Reinhard Katzmann, project manager
  • Christian Fasshauer, programmer
  • Erik Sigra, developer
  • David Faure, KDE User Interface
  • Matt Gerassimoff
  • Leon Vinken, MusicXML
  • Georg Rudolph, LilyPond interface
  • Matevž Jekovec, developer and composer
  • Karai Csaba, developer

In Autumn 2006 the development team decided to rewrite as score editor in Qt4 from scratch (now known as Canorus). Version 0.1.0 to 0.7.2 released under GPL-2.0-only, and since version 0.7.3 under GPL-3.0-only.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wrong Link". Archived from the original on 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
  2. ^ Canorus - a music score editor Accessed 21 January 2020.
  3. ^ The Sweet Sound of Linux Archived 2008-12-29 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 9 May 2008.
  4. ^ a b LilyPond Helper Applications: Development Status Accessed 9 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Do-it-Yourself Instruments" (PDF). Linux Magazine. Retrieved 2008-05-09.[permanent dead link]

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