Easier editing


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With tunefl you can typeset your scores directly online without needing to install LilyPond locally. It allows trying out all the program’s features using a convenient web interface.



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Created as a plugin for the jEdit text editor, LilyPondTool is one of the most feature-rich text-based tools for editing LilyPond scores. Its features include a Document Wizard with lyrics support to set up documents easier, and embedded PDF viewer with advanced point-and-click support.



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Frescobaldi is lightweight, yet powerful LilyPond music and text editor with a built-in PDF viewer. It is easy to use and will run on all major operating systems (GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Windows).



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Denemo is a graphical editor which generates LilyPond source code, and also allows audio playback. It allows users to view the LilyPond source code in parallel to the graphical view. Extra LilyPond tweaks can be attached to notes, chords etc. and are stored with the Denemo file, so that users can continue to edit graphically.

Moving the cursor in the LilyPond text moves the cursor in the graphical view, and any syntax errors in your LilyPond tweaks are highlighted in the text view when printed from there.

Text editors

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Elysium is a LilyPond IDE for Eclipse with an integrated, side-by-side view for source and score. It includes rapid visual & auditive feedback without having to switch contexts, and comes with many wizard-driven templates.


Emacs is a text editor with language-sensitive capabilities for many different computer languages. Emacs is a highly extensible editor and can be used as an Integrated Development Environment. There is a ‘lilypond mode’ which supplies the language definitions for working with LilyPond source files. A developer has written lyqi, an Emacs major mode.


Vim is a minimal text editor and is an extension of the older Unix vi editor. It is also extensible and configurable.

As a general rule, if you are not already familiar with Emacs or Vim, then you would probably prefer to use a different editor for writing LilyPond input files.

More information on setting up Emacs and Vim can be found in Text editor support.



The TexShop editor for MacOS X can be extended to run LilyPond, lilypond-book and convert-ly from within the editor, using the extensions available at:


Programs that can export LilyPond code

Score, tab and MIDI editors:

Algorithmic code generators

Other programs not being actively developed

Where now?

You are now ready to Download LilyPond.

Still not convinced? Many composers, musicians, and conductors have learned how to write music in our input format. Experienced users even report that they can enter a full score in LilyPond faster than with a piano keyboard or mouse+GUI! Perhaps you would like to review the Features, Examples, or the Freedom that LilyPond provides, or read about users’ Productions and Reviews. In addition, our approach to the computational aesthetics of classical engraving is explained in our Background.


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