ABC import

• May 31, 2022 - 11:29

I've been importing ABC to Musescore for months now (transcribing large MS). Suddenly it doesn't work, failing with the attached error message. The report is always the same - line 5, col 7.

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In reply to by kenpeters52

Or, as mentioned in the issue as well as in this topic, download that converter program and run it on your own machine.
If you use it often enough, then the small effort of setting up the program locally will definitely outweigh the effort of cleaning up MIDI files.

I'm not sure what's going with the online service the plugin relies on, but it's still possible to do run the conversion a little more manually. Go to to download the abc2xml converter program (available as a standalone program for WIndows, requires you to run within Python on other systems unfortunately), then use that to convert your ABC to MusicXML, then simply open that MusicXML file directly in MuseScore (no need for any plugin).

Hopefully the online service gets back up at some point though, it was nice and convenient.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I've downloaded abc2xml and unzipped all the files but when I try to run it the screen appears briefly before disappearing. Can anyone tell me what I need to do/what I'm doing wrong? (Running under Windows 11.)
Thanks in advance for any help. Totally agree with your hope for a functioning return of the online service Marc!

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