- Text input: LilyPond is a text-based music engraver. Read this first!
- Learning: a “must-read” gentle introduction to LilyPond. (details of Learning)
- Music glossary: (optional reading) musical terms and translations. (details of Glossary)
- Essay: (optional reading) background information about computer engraving. (details of Essay)
- Notation: syntax reference. (details of Notation)
- Usage: running the programs. (details of Usage)
- Snippets: short tricks and tips. (details of Snippets)
- FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions.
- Web: this document. (details of Web)
- Changes: what’s new? (details of Changes)
- Extending: fancy tweaks. (details of Extending)
- Internals: tweaks reference. (details of Internals)
- All: previous stable versions and current as a compressed archive.
- LilyPond Snippet Repository: user-created examples, hints and tips.
- Video Tutorials: Ben Lemon, a LilyPond user, has created a range of video tutorials on his blog and which are aimed at new users.
- LilyPond’s Scheme: an external tutorial to learn Scheme, the language used to program LilyPond. Recommended if you are an absolute beginner when it comes to programming.
- Extending LilyPond: an external documentation resource about extending LilyPond in Scheme. It also contains a Scheme tutorial, which is recommended if you have some experience with programming in another language.
- Development: manuals for the unstable version.
- FDL: these manuals are published under the GNU Free Documentation License.
The LilyPond manuals generally come in three formats: split HTML, big HTML and
PDF. Split HTML is good for reading online. Big HTML (and some of these can be
very big) contains the whole manual in a single page. PDF is available for
downloading and using offline. To get to these 3 formats, follow the links
details of and then the manual name.