1. Installing

This gentle, step-by-step installation tutorial guides you through installing LilyPond and creating a first music score.

LilyPond input files are simple text files. You can use any raw text editor to edit a LilyPond file (not a rich text editor such as Microsoft Word), but there are several editors tailored specifically for LilyPond, making the editing process very comfortable. Because a choice has to be made, this tutorial uses Frescobaldi, which is the most popular among such editors right now. However, there are several other options available. For more information, see editing Easier editing.

Please choose the tutorial according to your needs. (If you don’t know what the “command line” is, you want the graphical setup!)

LilyPond — Learning Manual v2.23.13 (development-branch).