musescore - cross-platform multi-lingual music composition and notation

Property Value
Distribution Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo)
Repository Ubuntu Universe amd64
Package filename musescore_2.3.2+dfsg2-4_amd64.deb
Package name musescore
Package version 2.3.2+dfsg2
Package release 4
Package architecture amd64
Package type deb
Category universe/sound
License -
Maintainer Ubuntu Developers <>
Download size 7.87 MB
Installed size 24.06 MB
MuseScore is an Open Source (GNU GPL) music notation software that runs
on all platforms supported by Qt5 (GNU/Linux, MacOS X, Windows), and is
available in over forty different languages. It features an easy to use
WYSIWYG editor with audio score playback for results that look and sound
beautiful, rivaling commercial offerings like Finale and Sibelius.
Create, play back and print sheet music for free. Features include:
- easy-to-use and customisable interface
- albums combining multiple scores
- unlimited score length
- unlimited number of staves per system
- up to four independent voices per staff
- score creation wizard and templates
- easy and fast note entry with a (PC) keyboard, the mouse, including
an on-screen virtual (piano) keyboard, or MIDI (step-time, real-time)
- continuous view: focus on the content, scrolling by as an endless
ribbon, undistracted by line breaks or page breaks; switch to page
view to polish up for printing
- automatic part extraction and transposition; advanced transposition:
transpose a selected passage to any key, or by any interval — or
even transpose diatonically within the same key
- repeats, including segnos, codas, measure repeats, advanced repeats
- dynamics, articulations and other expression markings
- playback support for almost all notation elements
- custom text markings
- style rules that apply to the whole score at once
- lyrics
- chord symbols
- Jazz notation, including lead sheets and slash notation
- swing and shuffle playback
- integrated sequencer and two software synthesisers (FluidSynth for
SF2/SF3, Zerberus for SFZ), which also can use third-party soundfonts
- mixer for instrument levels and effects
- mixing and panning for individual parts
- percussion notation
- early music notation
- cross-staff beaming
- import of graphics
- custom key signatures
- additive time signatures
- user-defined score styles
- and much more…
Choir features:
- powerful lyrics copy and paste tools
- implode/explode: combine up to four voices on one staff,
then separate to individual staves
- hide empty vocal staves, such as in a piano intro
- figured bass for historical notation
- smart lyrics: unlimited verses, with notes and staves automatically
spaced, and verse numbers automatically aligned
- voice leading checker: download the Check Harmony Rules proofreading
plugin to check for errors in your part writing, according to
standard rules
- part mixer: mute, solo, or change volume of staves to learn
individual lines — settings even apply to MP3 export
Piano features:
- support for solo + piano (add small staff with different instrument)
- support for cadenzas (smaller notes and variable length measures)
- complete notation: pedaling, fingering, cross-staff beaming — you
name it; everything needed to write piano sheet music is here
Guitar features:
- bends, fingerings, and other common guitar notations supported
- add/remove linked staves any time; enter notes on either standard
(pitched five-line) or TAB staff
- percussion/drumset also included
- templates include guitar, tablature, guitar+tablature, rock/pop band
- complete tablature: multiple tab styles available — from note symbols
outside the staff to upside-down strings — and linked standard/tab
staff pairs
- Guitar Pro import: MuseScore can now open files from Guitar Pro, so
you can easily migrate over. Import filters are improving with every
release; GP3, GP4, GP5, GP6, GTP, GPX are currently supported.
- Fretboard diagrams: 21 default chords for every key, and a powerful
editor to create your own — with barre, fret position, and any number
of strings
- beyond guitar: banjo, mandolin, ukulele, oud; custom string tunings;
even historical lute tablature: MuseScore does them all.
Orchestral features:
- templates for common instrumentations
- custom linked parts (e.g. create choral score from orchestra+chorus):
any change you make to the content of any part is immediately
reflected in the full score — and vice versa
- powerful style controls: edit the formatting of parts and score
independently — or apply the same style to all parts with one click
- one-click transposition: instantly switch between transposed and
concert pitch: sounding pitches stay the same while the written notes
Jazz features:
- templates for Jazz Lead Sheet, Big Band and Jazz Combo
- real “handwritten” Book-style jazz font for text and chord symbols
- formatting tools include adding line breaks every X measures
- instantly switch between transposed and concert pitch
- intelligent chord symbol: chord names are automatically formatted
when you finish typing — plus, they transpose with the notes
- easy slashes: commands to fill bars with slashes — and to turn notes
into rhythmic slashes, and even accent notation above the staff
Marching ensembles features (needs the MDL extension):
- marching band, indoor percussion, front ensemble, drumline and drum
corps (even G bugles); no setup or configuration — select a template,
start writing
Band features:
- diverse templates: concert band, brass band, marching band, battery
and pit percussion — ready out-of-the-box (plus big band for jazz)
- custom linked parts: you can even keep a drumline score linked to a
full marching band score and to individual percussion parts
Most elements in MuseScore are laid out automatically on a “virtual note
sheet”, with a near professional-quality layout engine, but can also be
positioned manually, giving you total control of every score element’s
position. The capabilities of MuseScore can be extended via plugins and
extensions, and the growing repository on contains many
plugins submitted by users and an active development team.
MuseScore includes a set of sounds that reproduce common instruments (as
defined by General MIDI) without taking up a lot of disk space or memory
providing full orchestral and band sounds (with the Drumline extension
installed this includes marching percussion). The general (non-Drumline)
sound font is available as musescore-general-soundfont Debian package,
if you wish to reuse it with other synthesisers.) You can also load any
sound font you prefer for a wider variety of sounds or for more realism.
MuseScore can import and export MIDI and MusicXML files, and it can also
import from Capella and several other programs. MuseScore can export to
PDF, PNG, and other graphic formats, to WAV and other audio formats such
as OGG Vorbis and MP3, or to GNU Lilypond for an alternative layout and
print option.
MuseScore can upload scores to, a score sharing site, and
send scrolling sheet music videos to YouTube. In addition to the desktop
software, you can rehearse “on the go” with MuseScore mobile apps (which
do not support note entry, but many advanced playback functions). Note
that all of these are commercial or otherwise non-free offers optionally
integrated with, but not part of, the Free notation program. Scrolling
video scores feature the notes highlighted in the score as they sound —
and highlighted on a virtual piano keyboard below.


Package Version Architecture Repository
musescore_2.3.2+dfsg2-4_i386.deb 2.3.2+dfsg2 i386 Ubuntu Universe
musescore - - -


Name Value
desktop-file-utils -
libasound2 >= 1.0.16
libc6 >= 2.29
libfreetype6 >= 2.5.2
libgcc1 >= 1:3.0
libportaudio2 >= 19+svn20101113
libportmidi0 -
libpulse0 >= 0.99.1
libqt5core5a >= 5.11.0~rc1
libqt5gui5 >= 5.8.0
libqt5gui5-gles >= 5.8.0
libqt5help5 >= 5.6.0~beta
libqt5network5 >= 5.0.2
libqt5printsupport5 >= 5.0.2
libqt5qml5 >= 5.0.2
libqt5quick5 >= 5.6.1
libqt5sql5-sqlite -
libqt5svg5 >= 5.6.0~beta
libqt5webkit5 >= 5.6.0~rc
libqt5widgets5 >= 5.11.0~rc1
libqt5xml5 >= 5.0.2
libqt5xmlpatterns5 >= 5.0.2
libsndfile1 >= 1.0.20
libstdc++6 >= 5.2
libvorbisfile3 >= 1.1.2
musescore-common >> 2.3~
musescore-common << 2.4~
qml-module-qtquick-controls -
qml-module-qtquick-dialogs -
qml-module-qtquick-layouts -
qml-module-qtquick2 -
shared-mime-info -
xdg-utils -
zlib1g >= 1:1.1.4


Name Value
mscore -


Name Value
mscore << 0.9.6+dfsg-1


Type URL
Binary Package musescore_2.3.2+dfsg2-4_amd64.deb
Source Package musescore

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install musescore deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install musescore




2019-02-27 - Thorsten Glaser <>
musescore (2.3.2+dfsg2-4) unstable; urgency=low
* Mark some patches as applied upstream
* Update VCS-*
* Tell uscan to check for 2.x updates only, for now;
MuseScore 3 will come soon in experimental, provided to users
via buster-backports / stretch-backports-sloppy after the release
* Upload to unstable, without the revert restriking patch
* Merge testsuite runner improvements from src:musescore-snapshot
* debian/patches/experiments/new-manpage.diff: update, from ibidem
2019-01-27 - Thorsten Glaser <>
musescore (2.3.2+dfsg2-3) unstable; urgency=low
* Note: MuseScore 3 will become available via buster-backports
(and stretch-backports-sloppy) after the release; a preview
is available as musescore-snapshot in experimental until then
* Fix cosmetics in mtests runner
* Simplify soundfonts Depends
* Policy (no change)
* Fix FTBFS on hurd (and likely kfreebsd) due to OSS changes
2018-12-14 - Thorsten Glaser <>
musescore (2.3.2+dfsg2-2exp1) experimental; urgency=medium
* Upload to experimental, again with the revert restriking patch
2018-12-14 - Thorsten Glaser <>
musescore (2.3.2+dfsg2-2) unstable; urgency=medium
* Update manpage
* Run upstream mtests during build, but don’t fail the build yet
(upstream vtests are not currently useful to run)
* Mark lyrics hyphen patches as applied upstream
* Update dependencies to support new MuseScore_General_Lite SoundFont
* Override missing autopkgtest lintian, it’s not feasible atm ☹
* Upload to unstable again without the restriking revert patch
* Build with -DNDEBUG to avoid stray debugging output
2018-11-29 - Thorsten Glaser <>
musescore (2.3.2+dfsg2-1exp1) experimental; urgency=medium
* Upload to experimental, again with the revert restriking patch
* Add lyrics hyphen patches:
- reduce default max hyphen distance from 16sp to 8sp
(in 3.x this is made configurable in the score settings)
- draw the first and last hyphen closer (by half) to the syllable
2018-11-29 - Thorsten Glaser <>
musescore (2.3.2+dfsg2-1) unstable; urgency=medium
* Update packages’ short descriptions from upstream
* Add completely new manual page (upstreamed)
* Upload to unstable, without the patch to revert restriking
2018-11-23 - Thorsten Glaser <>
musescore (2.3.2+dfsg2-0+exp1) experimental; urgency=high
* Upload to experimental
* Revert, again, the restriking patch, making the playback roughly
identical to 2.1.0+dfsg3-3 plus follow-up bugfixes
* Merge changes from next intended sid upload:
- Adapt to latest uscan in sid
- Mark patches applied in upstream so
* Exclude from repacked tarball unused thirdparty libs to ensure
they indeed are not used during the build (fixes a GPL incompatibility)
* Fix small sorting and grouping mistakes in debian/copyright
* Save ChordList reproducibly into mscx files
* Revert a restriking-specific bugfix commit as well
* Evict now-unnecessary lintian overrides
* Add patch to enhance the -j command line option,
also fixes some memory corruption
* Update patch tags for Debian-specific patches with justifications
2018-09-09 - Thorsten Glaser <>
musescore (2.3.2+dfsg1-2) unstable; urgency=low
* Policy
- honour “terse” build option; make debhelper more verbose
- upstream release notes are renamed from changelog to NEWS
* d/patches/save-locale-dependent-preferences.diff: new
* Policy

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