Development for LilyPond 2.21.82

Note: These are unstable development versions. If you have the slightest doubt about how to use or install LilyPond, we urge you to use the stable Download, and read the stable Manuals.

Release numbers

There are two sets of releases for LilyPond: stable releases, and unstable development releases. Stable versions have an even-numbered ‘minor’ version number (e.g., 2.14, 2.16, 2.18). Development versions have an odd-numbered ‘minor’ version number (e.g., 2.15, 2.17, 2.19).


Instructions for git and compiling are in the Contributor’s Guide.

lilypond git repository

Documentation writers and testers will generally want to download the latest binary:

GNU/Linux x86: LilyPond 2.21.82-1

GNU/Linux 64: LilyPond 2.21.82-1

Mac OS X x86 32-bit: LilyPond 2.21.82-1

Mac OS X x86 64-bit (unofficial)

Windows: LilyPond 2.21.82-1

Source: lilypond-2.21.82.tar.gz

Contributor’s Guide

LilyPond development is a fairly complicated matter. In order to help new contributors, and to keep the whole system (mostly) stable, we have written a manual for development tasks.

Regression tests

All versions


Note: These manuals are for LilyPond 2.21.82; the latest manuals can be found at


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