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MuseScore – A Free Open Source Music Notation Software for Linux

MuseScore is a free open source music notation and composition application that supports all the major platforms, including Windows, Linux, macOS, etc. It provides a virtual note sheet for easy and fast note entry. You can immediately playback the newly noted score with the help of an integrated sequencer. It can also export and import MusicXML and Midi files.

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MuseScore, now, is supported in more than 40 languages and increasing in popularity day by day. It’s considered as best cost-effective alternative free music notation software for expensive software. Furthermore, it offers a direct connection with the sheet music sharing site through MuseScore connect panel. Thus it gives access to community-driven thousands of pieces of sheet music store.

Features of MuseScore

  • Completely Free and Open Source
  • A best free alternative to expensive software in this sector
  • Create, play, and print beautiful sheet music
  • Powerful and easy to use with a modern interface
  • Supports MIDI keyboard
  • Users can transfer to and from other programs through MusicXML and Midi files format.
  • Supports multi-language
  • Well documented and maintained by dedicated developers

MuseScore 2.3 comes with new features and tons of bug fixes. See the release notes.

How to Install MuseScore in Ubuntu

Here all the possible ways of installing MuseScore in Ubuntu Linux will be described.

Method 1: Download App Image

Download the below app image files for installing it on all the versions of Linux distros.

Old computers (32-bit)  New computers (64-bit)  ARM-architectures

After downloading the app image files, make it executable by changing the permission setting in the properties menu option. App Image >> Right Click >> Properties >> Allow executing file as program (select checkbox)


Download Distro Specific Packages


Method 2: Install MuseScore as Snap app

Besides using app image files, you can also install it on Ubuntu as a Snap image. Follow the below steps:

sudo snap install musescore

Some interfaces need to be connected manually via commands:

sudo snap connect musescore:cups-control
sudo snap connect musescore:network-manager
sudo snap connect musescore:alsa

Once installed, launch MuseScore from the application launcher.

Remove Snap version

Run the following command to remove this app as Snap version:

sudo snap remove musescore

Method 3: Install it on Ubuntu via PPA

You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:mscore-ubuntu/mscore-stable to your system’s Software Sources. Run the below command one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mscore-ubuntu/mscore-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install musescore

Remove PPA Version

To uninstall the software, open Terminal and run the command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove musescore

You can remove PPA repositories by following Software & Updates and navigating to “Other Software” tab.

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Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan is a passionate enthusiast for technology. He admires all things tech and loves to help others understand the fundamentals of Linux, servers, networking, and computer security in an understandable way without overwhelming beginners. His articles are carefully crafted with this goal in mind - making complex topics more accessible.


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