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    Finale Alternatives for Linux

    Finale is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative 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 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Finale are LilyPond, Frescobaldi, Impro-Visor and music21.

    This page was last updated Oct 19, 2021
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    1. MuseScore is a free music notation and composition software available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
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      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  almost 2 years 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  over 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 almost 2 years ago

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      It does not work properly and is much less than similar to Finale.
      Negative comment over 4 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 over 5 years ago

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      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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      You have full control over the engraving and score edition process and the results are the best available.
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      LilyPond uses Text files, whereas Finale uses MIDI, .kar, etc.
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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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      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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      DaCapo Editor is a free Open Source music sheet editor which allows to easily create nice looking partitions. It is available as a web application as well as a desktop application for Windows, MacOS and Linux.
    2. 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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      Melody Assistant is dedicated to music writing, printing and rendering.
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      Harmony Assistant is an unbeatable software for computer-assisted music composition and editing.
    3. 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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