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).
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 commentover 1 year ago
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 commentalmost 3 years ago
riveravaldez It does everything Finale does, and much more, much better.
Free/Libre software, without crap. Constantly improving.
Positive comment • about 1 year ago
It does not work properly and is much less than similar to Finale.
Negative comment • over 3 years ago
Only had MuseScore for few days but it seems like a very solid and powerful program. Nothing cheap about it.,,,and it's free.
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
pros, cons and recent comments
You have full control over the engraving and score edition process and the results are the best available.
Positive comment • almost 5 years ago
LilyPond uses Text files, whereas Finale uses MIDI, .kar, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.