The latest stable version is 2.1

Released May 2, 2017 (release notes)

Windows Mac Linux

Windows 7 or higher

Portable version

Older versions

macOS 10.12 or higher
OS X 10.8–10.11
Mac OS X 10.7

Older versions
AppImage (portable)
Distribution packages
Community packages

BSD packages
(Download the source code)



AppImages work on most Linux distributions and they are portable - i.e. they can be used without being installed and without root (sudo) privileges. Simply download the correct one for your processor's architecture (what's this?), give it execute permission, and then run it! See the Install on Linux page for more details about how to use the AppImages.

Intel/AMD architectures: ARM architectures:
i686 (32-bit) - old computers
x86_64 (64-bit) - modern computers
armhf (new 32-bit) - phones, tablets, Raspberry Pi 2/3

MuseScore's AppImages come straight from the developers, so they are always the latest version.

Distribution packages (often out-of-date)

Many distributions release a package of MuseScore with each new version of the distribution. However, with the exception of rolling distributions like Arch Linux, MuseScore releases rarely coincide with a distribution release so these packages are often out-of-date.

  • Ubuntu: Search for "musescore" in the Ubuntu Software Center.
  • Mint: Search for "musescore" in Software Manager.
  • Arch Linux: The musescore package is always the most recent release version of Musescore. Just run "pacman -Sy musescore" as root to install and then keep up-to-date with "pacman -Syu".
  • Debian: The package "musescore" can be installed from the main repository using your favorite package manager. A more up-to-date package is often available in the "unstable" (sid) distribution, as well as in the backports.
  • Fedora: Check your package manager or run "yum install mscore" as root.
  • Mageia: Download the correct RPM package using Mageia Control Center.
  • PCLinuxOS: Available in the PCLinuxOS repositories.
  • Gentoo: Available in Portage. Just run "emerge musescore".

Community packages (usually up-to-date)

The MuseScore community may provide a more up-to-date MuseScore package for your distribution:

  • Ubuntu and derivatives (e.g. Mint): Add the mscore-stable Ubuntu PPA. (Instructions on that page.)
  • Arch Linux User Repository: Install the latest git checkout of Musescore alongside the release version following directions on the Arch Linux Wiki.
  • Debian: Check the "unstable" (sid) distribution, or you could try manually installing DEBs from the Ubuntu PPA.
  • openSUSE: The latest RPM packages for openSUSE can be downloaded from the multimedia:musescore2 repository of the Open BuildService. The easiest way is to use the 1-Click Install (click "Show unstable packages").


  • OpenBSD: You can install MuseScore from packages: pkg_add musescore or ports: audio/mscore
  • FreeBSD: You can install MuseScore from the ports collection: audio/musescore
  • DragonFly BSD: You can install MuseScore from the ports collection: audio/musescore

See BSD ports:

Older versions

All older versions of MuseScore are available for download from
All older portable versions of MuseScore for Windows are available for download from as well.

For older versions of Mac OS X

Download 1.3 for 10.6+ 64-bit
Download 1.2 for 10.6+ 32-bit Core Duo
Download 1.1 for 10.4+ Universal

Unsupported versions for Windows

  • 32-bit version without SSE2: The supported releases of MuseScore 2.x require a processor supporting SSE2 or it will crash on startup. If your processor doesn't support SSE2, you can try this build. Plugins won't work though, as these do require SSE2
  • 64-bit version: There are currently only two known reasons why you would want to run this unsupported 64-bit build: because you want to use a huge SFZ, or because your MIDI keyboard driver doesn't support 32-bit. Of course, this requires a 64-bit version of Windows.

These are unsupported, because their build process is not maintained in the main repository, but done by a MuseScore contributor, ABL, and are installed differently, like the Nightly versions (check the instructions here).

Nightly versions

Nightly versions are produced from the code of MuseScore that is being developed. They are intended for testers and advanced users who want to experiment with new features, or need access to the latest bug fixes and are willing to risk the instability of an unfinished product. A file saved from a nightly build may not open in a future nightly or any released version. Use at your own risk. Please report any bugs you find. See also comparison of stable, prerelease, and nightly builds.

Builds that have "master" in the name of the download package are based on the development branch that will eventually become MuseScore 3, with deep changes to the code structure, many new features, and high instability. Builds with "2.2" in the name are only slightly different from the current release of 2.1.

Windows Mac Linux
Windows 7 or higher
macOS 10.12 or higher
OS X 10.8–10.11
PPA (Ubuntu, Mint, etc.)*

AppImages (any Linux distro)
x86 32-bit*
x86 64-bit
ARMv7 or higher*
*Builds not active at present

Source code

MuseScore is a GNU GPL licensed open-source program.

Minimum requirements


  • Windows 7 or higher. (Windows Vista and XP should work, but are no longer supported by Microsoft and therefore not tested by the MuseScore developers. MuseScore does not work on Windows RT.)
  • CPU with SSE2 support (all processors since 2006), but see above
  • 125MB hard disk space
  • 1024x600 pixel resolution


  • macOS 10.12+, OS X 10.8–10.11, Mac OS X 10.7
  • 1024x600 monitor resolution