MuseScore 3.5 Release Candidate

• Jul 17, 2020 - 10:32

We are pleased to announce MuseScore 3.5 Release Candidate.

Since the release of MuseScore 3.5 Beta release, we have discovered several regressions and fixed several dozen more bugs. So we are pleased to present version MuseScore 3.5 Release Candidate, which is going to become the next stable MuseScore 3.5 version very soon.

Windows 64-bit Windows 32-bit macOS 10.10 or higher Linux AppImage
(64-bit only)

MuseScore 3.5 Release Candidate announcement

Check out the new approach and let us know what you think! We are always here to listen to your feedback and support.

Win portable version

We're glad to announce a new portable version for Windows. Which is available here

Release notes


  • Altered keyboard and mouse zoom precision and consistency
  • Improved performance of applying preferences
  • Chords playback is on by default (untick the "play" property to disable it)
  • Adding notes to a tuplet now adds them with respect to the tuplet's space
  • MuseScore 3 is now available as a Windows PortableApp
  • Altered Shift+L/R for leading space while in edit mode upon notehead
  • All symbols are now available for the plugins


  • Fixed zoom-box 100% selection bug
  • Fixed a bug with ignoring of blank lines at top of text elements
  • Fixed an issue when cut/paste, drag/drop in Piano Roll Editor does not preserve NoteEvent values
  • Fixed a playback of chord symbols attached to fret diagrams
  • Fixed a note entry suggested position with no selection and last selected note in voice > 1
  • Fixed a display of the bold and underlined texts
  • Fixed the "Save Online" on AppImages

A full list of changes is available here.


In reply to by Nadine Hill

Other than bug fixes (so scores that looked wrong in previous versions will look correct now), there should be no differences in layout. As for portable, do you mean the Windows "portable app"? Or the Linux AppImage? I don't know much about the former, I think they haven't been updated as often but that's hopefully changing. But the Linux AppImage is the only version one should really ever use on Linux - it's the only one we build and support ourselves.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Hello JoJo!
Not wishing to deviate from this topic however, as I contact in a previous topic I come to inform you that, all plugins both native and others are working normally.
Do you remember that some plugins we mentioned that fixed in the background?
Now they are normal.
I'm reporting for collaboration issue ok.
Thank you...

Bug in 3.5.0-RC-x86_64.AppImage: When I insert something like 1^ using the Nashville Number chord insersion (Add--Text--Nashville Number), I see the triangle symbol but not the number "1" that should precede it.

In reply to by mjbartemusica1

The first is for cases when you need to creating uneven spacing within a measure or otherwise alter the normal default spacing between specific notes. This has always been possible by selecting a note and increasing the “leading space” adjustment in the Inspector. Now, it is also possible by double-click the note to put it Edit mode, then using Shift+Left or Shift+Right to move it. Without Shift, this continues to only move that note without changing the overall spacing.

The second is only relevant if you are writing plugins, but for more information, probably better to ask on the Plugins forum.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Hello Marc!

You wrote: "Now, you can also double-click the note".
Clicking only once it is no longer in edit mode, am I wrong?
I performed the procedure as you taught me, see if it is correct:
I select the note (turns blue), hold the Shift key and press L or R.
Only in my case nothing happens, the note does not move anywhere, it remains static. What should I be doing wrong?
Thank you!

In reply to by mjbartemusica1

No, as I said, you need double click to enter edit mode. Then, as I said, Left or Right in their own move the note only (same as the Offset adjustment in the Inspector), with Shift it changes the spacing (same as Leading space adjustment in Inspector). Neither are things the average user would ever need to do.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Hello Marc!
Have users successfully performed this procedure?
I'm sorry I did everything for me these shortcuts don't work! I use Windows 10 and continue to use the Inspector.
Do we have to create this shortcut in "Preferences" / "Shortcuts"?
If so, how is it written in the list?
As in all procedures, which menu bar is this tool in?
Much obliged...

In reply to by mjbartemusica1

It definitely works exactly as I described. Again, to be 100% clear:

1) double-click any note. be sure you see the words "edit mode" at the bottom right of the status bar to confirm you successfully did it
2) press Shift and the right cursor key

Result: additional leading space is added before the note.


In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I understand perfectly.
But see what is guiding above in the explanations:
Shift + L / R changed to space on the left in edit mode in the header.
I understood that pressing Shift + the letters L or R, you taught correctly:
2) press Shift and the right cursor key.
This should be written above to avoid doubts ...
Very grateful once again.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Marc, don't know if you have anything to do with this, but it would be nice if the forums allowed movie attachments other than just gifs. I know attachments have a limit of ~5Mb. That would be plenty for short movies (mp4) explaining a bug or needed enhancement. Gifs are very clumsy to put together.
Just an idea.

In reply to by odelphi231

I don't have any involvement with managing the forums. But, it's easy enough to upload to YouTube or wherever and put a link here for the (very few) times a movie ends up being easier for us than a text description.

BTW, GIF's can be clumsy if you don't have software optimized for this, but there are definitely tools out there that make the job about as easy as anything else. I've used ShareX and Screencastify successfully.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Attached is a simple score. in the 2nd and 3rd measures I entered 1^ and 2m7 as Nashville Notation, but for me on Linux using the 3.5 RC appimage, I only see the triangle (major 7th) character and the m7, not the 1 and the 2.

Also, I'm seeing a strange plus sign and rest in the first measure that I cannot delete. Weird. Do you see that?

In reply to by DrumDog79

That plus sign indicates that this measure has more beats than the time signature says.
The "1^" looks the same, in MuseScore 3.4.2 on Windows 7, a plain triangle, the "2m7" looks the same too, "m7". So there is no issue with 3.5RC for sure, as it looks exactly the same there. Switch from Jazz style to normal style and it looks like you want it to look:

In reply to by DrumDog79

Very strange. It actually works fine with either FreeSerif or MuseJazz Text in a score created with other settings at the default. And it works fine if I change the chord symbol style to Jazz. But it fails in a score created from the Jazz Lead Sheet Template. Not sure what exactly is triggering this, but since I can reproduce, I can investigate further.

BTW, Campania isn't actually relevant, that's for Roman numeral analysis. Sorry for the red herring.

Please, what is the Portable Version for Windows and how does it differ from the regular Windows version? I am wondering if I should use it. Thank you.

In reply to by Sheila F

Portable apps are a special thing you can download to a flash drive and carry with you so you can run MuseScore on any computer without needing to install it. It's useful for teachers who need to run MuseScore on computers that admin won't allow it to be installed on, people wanting to run MuseScore on library computers, etc.

Whenever I am writing for marching band, I keep coming back to the realization that we have no real marching baritone. I may be wrong, but the only thing we have that is a baritone is the baritone horn and baritone sax. will we be getting an actual marching baritone any time soon?

In reply to by MusicMasterTMH

Can you explain what you mean by this? Do you mean you want a soundfont that contains a sample of a marching baritone? Probably those exist and can be downloaded and installed, but since that instrument isn't part of the General MIDI standard, there is currently no way for us to provide it by default. Or maybe you are saying that you want to set up a staff with the name, clef, and transposition as appropriate? That's already possible..

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

OK. I looked up the difference between Baritone and Marching Baritone. They are the same instrument, except the Marching Baritone is played more like a Flugelhorn and the Baritone is played more like a tuba. I can see why you would want a Marching Baritone when you are marching. They are both Bb transposing instruments and sound the same.
Sounds to me like someone who would want a soundfont for a Bluthner Piano rather than a Bechstein.

I LOVE PORTABLE SOFTWARE! Indeed, I use portable MuseScore 2.3.2 much more than the installed version of the program. I regard portable solutions as much more smart than installed ones. So, many thanks for this new version, I just downloaded the zip and I'm going to test it right now.

I wonder if I can install this version and have the previous one as well, because I'm afraid for influences in my scores and specially to the mixer like those that chances in instruments when I add soundfonts... Is it safe for my existing scores?

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