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LilyPond Alternatives

LilyPond is described as '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' and is a music production app in the audio & music category. There are more than 25 alternatives to LilyPond for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and iPad. The best alternative is MuseScore, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like LilyPond are TuxGuitar, OpenMPT, Avid Sibelius and Rosegarden.

LilyPond alternatives are mainly Music Production Apps but may also be Digital Audio Workstations. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of LilyPond.
This page was last updated Oct 19, 2021
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux

GNU LilyPond is a computer program for music engraving. One of LilyPonds major goals is to produce scores that are engraved...

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  1. MuseScore is a free music notation and composition software available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

  2. TuxGuitar

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    A Multitrack tablature editor and player.



  3. OpenMPT (short hand for Open ModPlug Tracker) is a popular tracker software for Windows. OpenMPT is completely free and allows you to create and play back some great music on your computer.

  4. Sibelius is a scorewriter program, created by Sibelius Software (now part of Avid Technology) for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and historically RISC OS.

  5. Rosegarden

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.



  6. Impro-Visor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

  7. Dorico redefines the gold standard in scoring software. Its musical intelligence is like having an expert assistant by your side, while its intuitive workflows help you focus on each aspect of score preparation.

  8. Finale

    • Mac
    • Windows

    Finale is proprietary scorewriting software developed by MakeMusic, Inc. It displays music primarily in music notation and allows for multiple tracks and very specific tweaking of instrument sounds for each track.

  9. Flat

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Google Drive
    • Facebook
    • Google Classroom
    • Hangouts
    • Chrome Web Store

    Flat lets you write sheet music with your friends in real time with a nice music notation editor.

  10. StaffPad

    • Windows
    • Windows S

    StaffPad is a brand new class of notation app, designed to take advantage of the advanced pen and touch input found on Microsoft Surface* and other compatible Windows 8.1 devices.

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