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Free MuseScore Alternatives

The best free alternative to MuseScore is TuxGuitar, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to MuseScore and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to MuseScore are Rosegarden, LilyPond, Avid Sibelius and Impro-Visor.

MuseScore 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 MuseScore.
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  1. TuxGuitar icon

    TuxGuitar

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    56 alternatives to TuxGuitar 

    A Multitrack tablature editor and player.

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    1.  Support for MIDITuxGuitar includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
    2.  PortableTuxGuitar can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  2. Rosegarden icon

    Rosegarden

    • Linux
    • BSD
    99 alternatives to Rosegarden 

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

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    LilyPond

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    45 alternatives to LilyPond 

    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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    1.  PortableLilyPond can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    LilyPond vs MuseScore opinions
    Almost everyone thinks LilyPond is a great alternative to MuseScore.
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    Lilypond provides everything a graphical interface such as Musescore could provide and more. The fact it uses a markup language to export a pdf. MusicXMl, midi, or svg from makes it extremely accessible. The learning curve is a bit harsher, but it pays off so much.

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    Avid Sibelius

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • iPad
    58 alternatives to Avid Sibelius 

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

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    1.  WYSIWYG SupportAvid Sibelius integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    2.  Support for VST PluginsAvid Sibelius support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    Impro-Visor

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    65 alternatives to Impro-Visor 

    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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    In this window you can create or edit a new chorus.


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    Frescobaldi

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    40 alternatives to Frescobaldi 

    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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    Denemo

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    49 alternatives to Denemo 

    GNU Denemo is a music notation editor that lets you rapidly enter notation for typesetting via the LilyPond music engraver. You can compose, transcribe, arrange, listen to the music and much more.

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    1.  Support for MIDIDenemo includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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      Dorico

      • Mac
      • Windows
      15 alternatives to Dorico 

      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.

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      1.  Support for MIDIDorico includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
      2.  WYSIWYG SupportDorico integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
      Easy edit bars
      Engrave Mode
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      Aria Maestosa

      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      36 alternatives to Aria Maestosa 

      Aria Maestosa is an open-source (GPL) midi tracker/editor. It lets you compose, edit and play midi files with a few clicks in a user-friendly interface offering keyboard, guitar, drum and controller views.

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      1.  Support for MIDIAria Maestosa includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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      • Flat icon

        Flat

        • Online
        • iPhone
        • iPad
        • Android
        • Android Tablet
        21 alternatives to Flat 

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

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        1.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Flat simultaneously.
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        Flat vs MuseScore opinions
        Most users think Flat is a great alternative to MuseScore.
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