Frequently Asked Questions
End User License Agreement
Can I give MuseScore to friends or students?
Of course, you may give any of the versions of MuseScore on musescore.org to other people, or share it internally via a server.
What license is MuseScore released under?
Can I use MuseScore commercially?
Yes, you can.
MuseScore does not impose any ownership or license on your work, whether it's sheet music, exported audio files or the .mscz files themselves. What you make is entirely your own creation and you decide what to do with it.
How do I report something?
We have a thriving community who could help with your problem, or request.
Firstly though, we advise that you complete a search to see if your query has already been asked, or addressed by others. If you cannot find anything, you may post in the forum.
Whilst generally left to those with some knowledge and experience, you may also file established reports in the issue tracker, but please refrain from posting queries there.
Is there is a full version available of MuseScore?
There is no demo, trial or limited version of the open source MuseScore software. There is only one version, which has no limitations and can be downloaded for free from musescore.org.
MuseScore vs. macOS 10.15 "Catalina"
MuseScore may not open as expected in macOS 10.15 "Catalina"
To work around this issue, find the MuseScore app in the Applications folder, secondary click it. then "Open" and when prompted, select "Open" again.
You must give MuseScore access to Download, Documents, or full disk.
List of known issues with MuseScore on macOS 10.15 "Catalina":
- Extensions (e.g., MDL) cannot be installed due to issues with write permissions.
Running Musescore on ChromeOS
MuseScore's desktop program will work natively on Chrome OS's Linux machine called Crostini. Follow the steps described in the video:
- Install Linux Virtual Machine called Crostini. Go to Settings -> Linux -> Turn On
- Download Musescore AppImage package
- Configure AppImage to run. Set
chmod +xfor the AppImage file
- Run AppImage with
./followed by the Musescore package file name
- Install required libraries if necessary
- Install AppImage to avoid running it from Linux command line each time
What is the difference between MuseScore.org and MuseScore.com?
MuseScore.com is a community site to share your sheet music with your friends via the web and mobile applications. The site has social features such as embedding, commenting, annotating, statistics, groups and it comes with an open API for third party developers. The site offers free accounts, but has a Pro Account for those who want more.
When will the next version of MuseScore be released?
Starting from MuseScore 3, there are rolling releases every 2-4 weeks. Just make sure the Auto update check is enabled.
Why am I getting a message that the MuseScore download could harm my computer?
Some operating systems will, by default, warn you before opening certain files downloaded via the internet.
If you have downloaded MuseScore via the musescore.org or sourceforge.net websites, there is absolutely no risk with installing it on your computer.
Why are some elements not rendered for playback?
MuseScore's primary purpose is producing sheet music to be performed by players.
The current playback facility is provided as an aid and considered a lesser priority, but we do seek to make more elements renderable for future versions.
Why doesn't my MIDI look very good in MuseScore?
MIDI was partly designed and intended for performance/playback purposes - therefore, it does not embody certain characteristics found when reading sheet music.
In the current version 2.0, MuseScore uses more sophisticated algorithms and provides options to ensure your file imports as smoothly as possible to sheet music format.
For import and export of sheet music, MusicXML is strongly recommended instead.
Why isn't MuseScore available for my operating system?
MuseScore strives to support as many operating systems and their versions as possible.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of some, it becomes difficult, or impossible for the third party tools and components MuseScore is dependant upon to support, which in turn means we are unable.
For platforms in which it is possible, it could mean that we are awaiting a maintainer for it. If you are interested in becoming one, please contact us.
Will there be a MuseScore editor for mobile?
Currently, there are no plans for a MuseScore editor on mobile platforms.
Instead, we focus much of our resources on developing the optimal experience for desktop and the MuseScore Player for mobile.