MuseScore, MuseScore 3, MuseScore 4

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This page shows old instructions for MuseScore 3.
For MuseScore 4 users, see MuseScore, MuseScore 3, MuseScore 4.

    What does this handbook cover

    This handbook describes features of MuseScore Studio, the music notation program for Windows, macOS, and Linux supporting a wide variety of file formats and input methods. MuseScore Studio 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. "Musescore Studio" was previously named "MuseScore", see online announcement.

    MuseScore Studio is released as a free and open-source software. Musescore Studio 3 is released under the GNU General Public License version 2. Musescore Studio 4 is released under the GNU General Public License version 3. To learn more about the GPL license, visit or To download MuseScore Studio 3.6.2, see Installation: Download and installation chapter.

    MuseScore Studio is developed and supported by non paid volunteers and managed by Muse Group employees. MuseScore BVBA is a subsidiary of Muse Group. Source: wikipedia, forum discussion.

    What is not covered in this handbook

    The following items are often referred to as "MuseScore". However, as explained above, this handbook uses "MuseScore" to refer to "MuseScore Studio" only, "MuseScore" is not used to refer to any of the following unless otherwise specified.

    • The score viewer and playback mobile apps (Android, iOS), or
    • The score viewer and playback interface provided by

    See How and where to ask for support

    Different versions of MuseScore Studio

    MuseScore Studio is open-source. Its source code is available at github.

    MuseScore Studio 3.6.2 is the last official release of MuseScore Studio 3, see Version information. For forks (wikipedia), see "External Link" section.

    MuseScore Studio 4 is a result of continuous development from MuseScore Studio 3.6.2. It has huge playback and countless engraving improvements. After MuseScore Studio 3.6.2 was released, most of the software development moved on to MuseScore Studio 4. Muse Group employees no longer work on bug fixing of Musescore Studio 3.6.2. Due to the substantial change in programming framework and library, some proposed improvements of Musescore Studio 3.6.2 are impossible to be merged into MuseScore Studio 4. Reimplementation of important features is not yet complete, see also discussion1, discussion2, discussion3.

    When choosing a MuseScore Studio version to create scores, users should take note of the company's distribution versioning and feature implementation philosophy, and consider production needs. For example MuseScore Studio 3.6.2 Linux supports audio and MIDI routing with JACK, which has implications for automation and video synchronization. Source:

    MuseScore Studio 3 and MuseScore Studio 4 can be installed and opened side by side on the same OS, see Version 3 and 4 installations side-by-side. Score files are opened by default with the last installed Musescore Studio version, see Change default programs in Windows and Problem with Shortcuts to MuseScore 4 files. You can always choose manually with "Right-click > Open with". Note that MuseScore Studio native format (*.mscz and *.mscx) are backward compatible - MuseScore Studio 4 opens MuseScore Studio 3's *.mscz without error, see Native format compatibility

    External Links

    Notable forks (wikipedia):

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