Note: LilyPond is a text-based music engraver; it is more similar to a programming language than a graphical score editing program. Before downloading LilyPond, please read about our Text input. Once you have downloaded LilyPond, read the start of the Learning manual for a gentle introduction on how to install it and use it.
- Mac OS X x86 32-bit: LilyPond 2.22.2-1 For Mac OS X 10.4–10.14 running on Intel CPUs (for 10.15 see below).
- Unofficial 64-bit application bundles for macOS 10.15 are available at https://gitlab.com/marnen/lilypond-mac-builder/-/releases.
- MacPorts, a package manager for Mac OS, has a LilyPond port.
- Homebrew, another package manager for Mac OS, has a LilyPond formula.
Double-click the downloaded file, then drag it to wherever you want.
Delete the LilyPond.app folder.
Running on the command-line
Note: If you are happy with the GUI instructions in the Learning Manual, then please ignore these instructions.
MacOS X on the command line
The most convenient way to run lilypond scripts is by setting up “helper” scripts of your own.
Create a directory to store these scripts,
mkdir -p ~/bin cd ~/bin
Create a file called
#!/bin/bash exec DIR/LilyPond.app/Contents/Resources/bin/lilypond "$@"
Note: DIR will generally be
Create similar files
convert-ly, and any other scripts you wish to use, by replacing the
bin/convert-ly(or other program name).
Make the file executable,
chmod u+x lilypond
Now, add this directory to your path. Modify (or create) a file
.profilein your home directory such that it contains
This file should end with a blank line.
Invoking individual scripts
The scripts — such as
abc2ly, and even
lilypond itself — are included
.app file for MacOS X.
Scripts can also be run from the command line by invoking them directly:
The same is true for all other scripts in that directory, such as