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Original author(s)Julian Gabriel Casadesus and others[1]
Stable release
1.5.6[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 28 April 2022
Written inJava, Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT)
Operating systemLinux, Microsoft Windows, macOS, FreeBSD
Available inEnglish, French
TypeTablature editor, Scorewriter

TuxGuitar is a free and open-source tablature editor, which includes features such as tablature editing, score editing, and import and export of Guitar Pro gp3, gp4, and gp5 files.[3] In addition, TuxGuitar's tablature and staff interfaces function as basic MIDI editors.

TuxGuitar's mascot and namesake is Tux, the penguin mascot of many games and programs originally designed for Linux.

The program is written in the Java programming language[4] and is released under the LGPL-2.1-only license.


TuxGuitar offers a set of three default skins that its users can choose from. These are:

Image Name Author First appeared in Description
a grey and greyish blue layout for TuxGuitar Lavender Sascha v0.1 Simple, elegant theme with lavender color.
Blue serious Licnep v0.1 A more serious theme, where blue dominates.
A red-brown layout for TuxGuitar that is very rural in appearance due to the choice of colors ranging from red to shades of blue and green. Ersplus Ersplus v0.9 Default tuxguitar theme.

TuxGuitar also supports custom skins. The default skin for version 1.0 is Lavender.

Supported effects[edit]

Note effects
Dead notes Supported.
Accentuated notes Only heavy or regular.
Harmonics Only natural, artificial, tapped, pinched, or semi harmonic.
Dynamics Not displayed in the body of the score.
Grace notes Limited to a duration ranging from 1/64 to 1/16 of a whole note.
Tremolo picking Limited to a duration of at most 1/8 and at least 1/32 of a whole note.
Slurs Supported in the form of hammer-ons/pull-offs.
Hammer-ons and pull-offs Limited support (the program doesn't differentiate between the two).
Slides Limited support.
Track effects
Multiple Tracks Supported, can be displayed by clicking View > Multitrack.
Multiple Voices Supported but limited to two voices per track.
Repeats Supported but limited to either open or closed barline repeats.
Alter. Endings Supported but MIDI playback will only recognize the first two alternative endings, the second of which must be located above the measure that directly follows the closed repeat in order for it to be associated with the first alternative ending and the repeat in question.
Custom Number of Tunings for a Track's strings Supported but the number of strings that can be added is limited to no more than 7 and no less than 4 and they can be set to any pitch within the range of 16.352Hz and 15804.266Hz, inclusive. Does not currently allow for different-length courses, e.g. five-string banjo.
Track Names Supported.
Lyrics Supported.
Text Supported.
Chords Supported.[5]
Symbols Supported but limited to time signatures, clefs, and key signatures. (Instructional performance text can be added instead of symbols via the Text editor but they will not be supported by the MIDI playback or be recognized by TuxGuitar as anything but text.)

Supported file formats[edit]

File format Importing Exporting
TuxGuitar (.tg) Yes Yes
Guitar Pro (.gtp) Yes No
Guitar Pro 3 (.gp3) Yes Yes
Guitar Pro 4 (.gp4) Yes Yes
Guitar Pro 5 (.gp5) Yes Yes
Guitar Pro 6 (.gpx) Yes No
Guitar Pro 7 (.gp) Yes No
Power Tab (.ptb) Yes No
TablEdit (.tef) Yes No
GNU LilyPond (.ly) No Yes
MIDI (.mid) Yes Yes
ASCII tab (.txt) No Yes


As of May 2014, TuxGuitar had 4/5 stars in the CNET user ratings.[6] During the same time, TuxGuitar had 3.4/5 stars in the Softpedia user ratings.[7] As of August 2016 the program has 4.7/5 stars on SourceForge.[8] Reviewers at Software Informer gave version 1.0 of TuxGuitar 5/5 stars, praising the "very easy to use interface" and "very advanced functions" of the program.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TuxGuitar - Browse /TuxGuitar/TuxGuitar-1.5.6 at SourceForge.net". sourceforge.net. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  2. ^ https://sourceforge.net/projects/tuxguitar/files/TuxGuitar/TuxGuitar-1.5.6/; retrieved: 17 July 2022.
  3. ^ Mantilla, Daniel. "TuxGuitar: Editorial review". Software Informer. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  4. ^ Smith, Tim. "TuxGuitar 1.2". Computeractive. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  5. ^ Westermann, Lucas (25 September 2010). "TuxGuitar Review" (PDF). Full Circle Magazine (41): 24. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  6. ^ "TuxGuitar: Average User Rating". CNET. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  7. ^ "TuxGuitar 1.2: User Rating". Softpedia. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  8. ^ "TuxGuitar: Reviews". SourceForge. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  9. ^ Mantilla, Daniel. "TuxGuitar: Editorial review". Software Informer. Retrieved 12 May 2014.