MuseScore Alternatives

    MuseScore is described as 'free music notation and composition software available for Linux, Windows and Mac' and is a well-known app in the Audio & Music category. There are more than 50 alternatives to MuseScore for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, the Web and iPad. The best alternative is TuxGuitar, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MuseScore are Guitar Pro (Paid), Rosegarden (Free, Open Source), LilyPond (Free, Open Source) and Frescobaldi (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Jan 13, 2021

    • Aria Maestosa is an open-source (GPL) midi tracker/editor.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Power Tab Editor is a free tablature authoring tool created by Brad Larsen for Windows. It is used to create guitar, bass and ukulele tablature scores, among many others.
      • Free
      • Mac
      • Windows


    • GNU Denemo is a music notation editor that lets you rapidly enter notation for typesetting via the LilyPond music engraver.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Anvil Studio is a free Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/98 program designed for people who want to: -- record music with MIDI and Audio equipment, -- compose music for MIDI and Audio...
      • Free
      • Windows
      One Is staff based and the other isn't.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

    • Music21 is a Python-based toolkit for computer-aided musicology.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Finale is proprietary scorewriting software developed by MakeMusic, Inc.
    • The MuseScore Player opens and plays scores made with the free MuseScore notation software. The app dynamically fits the sheet music to the screen of your device.
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
    • Musagi is a complex music authoring and synthesizer similar to trackers.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • Music note writing and composing software
      A simple and intuitive way to write musical notation, Crescendo allows composers to write, save and print their music compositions on their computer. Arrange your own professional quality sheet music.
      • Free Personal
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Android
    • capella-scan is a software that scans your sheet music and transforms it into an editable file.
      • Windows