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You will find the Windows installer on the Download page of the MuseScore website. Click on the link to start the download. Your Internet browser will confirm that you want to download this file. Click "Save File".

When the download finishes double click on the file to start the installation. Windows may open a security window and ask you to confirm before running the software. Click "Run" to continue.

The installer recommends that you close all other applications before continuing. After you close the other applications click "Next" to continue.

The setup wizard displays the terms of the free software license which you may review. Click "I Agree" to continue.

Next it confirms the location for installing MuseScore. If you are installing a newer version of MuseScore but still want to keep the old version on your computer then you should change the folder. Otherwise click "Next" to continue.

Next it confirms the name for the MuseScore folder that appears in the Windows Start menu list of programs. Click "Install" to continue.

Give the setup wizard a few minutes to install the necessary files and configurations. When it is done click "Finish" to exit the installer. If you wish, you may now delete the installer file you downloaded.

Start MuseScore

To start MuseScore choose StartAll ProgramsMuseScore 0.9MuseScore.

After several seconds MuseScore will open up to the demo score. Feel free to experiment with the demo score and get the feel of the program. Next you may want to create new score .


This guide is written primarily for users of the K Desktop Environment (KDE), used in Linux systems such as SUSE or Kubuntu, with instructions in brackets (...) for users of the GNOME Desktop Environment, used in Linux systems such as Ubuntu or Fedora.

Install MuseScore

The project source is available at // but you will usually find a suitable binary package in the repository of your distribution.
In Ubuntu, MuseScore is located in the "universe" repository. The universe repository must be enabled, if you want to install MuseScore.
To output sounds you have the option to use ALSA or the JACK sound server. Which one works (better) depends on the individual system.

Follow these steps to install MuseScore:

  1. Open Add/Remove Software (in Gnome: Add/Remove Programs)
  2. Under the category Multimedia (in Gnome: Sound & Video), select MuseScore
  3. select the package "JACK Control" too.
  4. Click on Preview (only KDE)
  5. Click on Apply Changes

Setting up the JACK server

Open the "JACK Audio Connection Kit" and select Setup.

  1. Under the audio tab deselect "realtime"
  2. If you use ALSA audio, set the driver to "ALSA" and set the I/O device to “hw:0” (hw:Zero)
    In some systems, OSS might work but ALSA doesn't.
    If you use OSS audio, set the driver to "oss" and set the I/O device to "/dev/audio".
  3. Apply the changes and start the JACK server

Setting up MuseScore

Follow these steps to set up MuseScore:

  1. Open Muse Score, which is under Multimedia in the main menu (in Gnome: Sound & Video)
  2. Open the Edit menu and select Preferences
  3. Under the I/O tab:
    1. Ensure that "Use internal synthesizer" is checked
    2. Ensure that your SoundFont is /usr/share/sounds/sf2/FluidR3_GM.sf2 - this is the default - or select your private SoundFont if you have installed additional ones
    3. If you use ALSA audio, set the driver to "ALSA" and set the device to hw:0 (hw:Zero)
      In the other case deselect ALSA and activate the JACK audio server
  4. Click Apply, and then click OK
  5. Close MuseScore and then open it again to start writing your music


  • Your music player of choice, such as Amarok or Rhythmbox, cannot play music at the same time that JACK is running. You will need to stop your music, or even perhaps close your music player, to start the JACK server. However, to play music again, one simply needs to press Stop on JACK to use your music player again.
    If you try to start the Jack server while listening to a playback, the JACK Connection GUI may hang.
  • If you encounter problems with MIDI, it may be that your system is not set up to play MIDI. In a Console or Terminal, run the following commands:
    sudo modprobe snd-seq
    sudo su -c 'echo snd-seq >> /etc/modules'
  • Especially the Jack server is a tricky thing that might hang if not configured properly. If you encounter any problems that this handbook was unable to solve, please consult any or all of the following web pages: