Version3(as of 4/28/2022)
PlatformsWindows, Mac, Linux
LicenseOpen Source
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Rating:3.5  |  26 Votes

Main Features

  • Create music with a WYSIWYG editor
  • Import MusicXML, MIDI, ABC, and other musical notation formats
  • Start from a template or begin from scratch
  • Drag and drop musical elements, such as tempo markings, octaves, and dynamics
  • Export your score to PDF, PNG, WAV, and Ogg formats

Software Overview

Screenshot of MuseScore 3
Screenshot of MuseScore 3

MuseScore is a music notation application that can create, play, and print sheet music. It comes with editing tools, supports several notation formats, and allows you to upload and export your scores. The software is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

MuseScore provides a set of tools that allows you to create a variety of scores, such as lead sheets, choral music, piano music, and orchestra arrangements. You can start from scratch and select your instruments manually or begin with a template set up for common score types. In addition, the program enables you to enter notes, rests, ties, accidentals, and more through a computer keyboard, mouse, or MIDI keyboard. The application also allows you to import MusicXML, MIDI, Cap3, and ABC musical notation formats.

MuseScore supports many musical markings, such as slurs, tempo markings, articulations, dynamics, segnos and codas, octave, and rehearsal marks. The program intelligently lays out your score, but you can override it by dragging elements to your desired location. Once you finish, you can upload your score directly to the MuseScore sharing site. You can also export your score to various formats, including PDF, PNG, Ogg, and WAV.


MuseScore is a capable musical notation application for composing, editing, and sharing scores. The program gives you a variety of musical notation features and supports many musical formats. Also, MuseScore is available at no cost, making it more attractive than pricier notation applications, such as MakeMusic Finale.

Primary File Type

mscz icon.MSCZMuseScore Compressed Score File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.MSCZMuseScore Compressed Score File
.MSCMuseScore Composition File
.MSCXMuseScore Music Score File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.ABCABC Music Notation
.MIDIMIDI Music Data
.MXLCompressed MusicXML File
Updated 4/28/2022