Open Source Finale Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Finale is MuseScore, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Finale and 12 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Finale are Frescobaldi (Free, Open Source), LilyPond (Free, Open Source), Impro-Visor (Free, Open Source) and music21 (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 3, 2021

    1. MuseScore is a free music notation and composition software available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
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      MuseScore vs Finale opinions
      Almost everyone thinks MuseScore is a great alternative to Finale.
      It's completely free, you can upload your scores to the website for safekeeping, it is powerful and notate almost anything
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      MuseScore is a very capable alternative to Finale. It is easy to use and produces professional sheet music of any size. I have created small scores for a single-instrument, as well as large scores for a full concert band using this software. Finale does have a better sound library than MuseScore, but other than that, MuseScore has handled anything that I have thrown at it.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

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      riveravaldez It does everything Finale does, and much more, much better. Free/Libre software, without crap. Constantly improving.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      It does not work properly and is much less than similar to Finale.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      Only had MuseScore for few days but it seems like a very solid and powerful program. Nothing cheap about it.,,,and it's free.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      Frescobaldi is a LilyPond sheet music text editor. It aims to be powerful, yet lightweight and easy to use. Frescobaldi is Free Software, freely available under the General Public License.
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    2. GNU LilyPond is a computer program for music engraving. One of LilyPonds major goals is to produce scores that are engraved with traditional layout rules, reflecting the era when scores were engraved by hand.
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      LilyPond vs Finale opinions
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      You have full control over the engraving and score edition process and the results are the best available.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      LilyPond uses Text files, whereas Finale uses MIDI, .kar, etc.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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      Impro-Visor (short for “Improvisation Advisor”) is a music notation program designed to help jazz musicians compose and hear solos similar to ones that might be improvised. The objective is to improve understanding of solo construction and tune chord changes.
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      Music21 is a Python-based toolkit for computer-aided musicology.
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    3. alphaTab is a cross platform music notation and guitar tablature rendering library. You can use alphaTab within your own website or application to load music sheets from files like Guitar Pro or use the built in markup named alphaTex.
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    4. NtEd is a GTK+ score editor. It intends to be really WYSIWYG: what you see on the screen is exactly what you get on printer output.
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      EasyABC allows you to edit and play abc files. It supports conversion from MusicXML and MIDI to ABC. The latter uses a custom implementation (midi2abc is not used) in order to produce very readable ABC output. Direct midi input is supported for people with a midi keyboard.
    5. Canorus is a free cross-platform music score editor. It supports an unlimited number and length of staffs, polyphony, a MIDI playback of notes, chord markings, lyrics, import/export filters to formats like MIDI, MusicXML, ABC Music, MusiXTeX and LilyPond.
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    6. MC Musiceditor is free/open source (GPLv2) music notation software (Windows). It has been developed with only one purpose: to make life of musicians easier when making scores.
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