MuseScore on Linux Mint

• Aug 16, 2016 - 12:33

Currently running MuseScore 2.0.3 on Windows 7. Anyone running this program on Linux Mint? Any issues? Thanks!


I use MuseScore under Linux Mint (17.3 Rosa) but I prefer to use the standalone executable as it's more up to date. Just download the executable change permissions to make it executable (+x) and off you go.

In reply to by crm114

Thanks for the response. As a non-tech user, I'm not familiar with the term "standalone executable" but my intent is to determine whether MuseScore operates on Mint. I'm planning to replace this machine's original Vista (now unused) with Mint if our open-source programs are compatible.

In reply to by [DELETED] 389906

You can install Linux without removing Windows. (It's called "dual booting" - look for a tutorial online). There's no need to remove Vista, though I can certainly understand wanting to ;).

On Linux most programs are installed from distribution repositories using a package manager (basically an "App Store"). This means you get programs (even third-party ones like Musescore) from your distribution (i.e Linux Mint or Ubuntu) instead of from the developer's website. By "standalone executable" crm114 meant using the MuseScore AppImage, which you can download straight from just like you would on Windows or Mac.

In reply to by shoogle

There is also the option to create a "live CD" or USB thumb drive that will boot and run Linux.

While not a simple "non-tech" option it has the advantage of trying Linux without wiping your hard drive or setting lg up a dual boot system. There are step by step instructions for how to create one on the Internets.

One such for a USB stick is at

It may not be easy as 1-2-3 but it looks fairly easy to me.

Thanks for the clarification Shoogle.
Uninstall Vista?? I'll not have a word said against "The Boat".
I still use the 64 bit version of Vista on my tablet and it's flawless even for MuseScore.

I dual-boot Windows XP and xubuntu 16.04 although the former is confined to running some old games now. Ubuntu, Linux Mint etc. will readily install on a system that is running a version of Windows and allow you to select between operating systems at boot-up. You have to do a few basic things to Windows first that involve moving files from the end of a drive to allow space to be created for the Linux distro. but there are plenty of step-by-step tutorials on-line.

Standard Linux programs are not quite the same as Apps since they only get officially updated when the Linux version gets updated. The AppImage, though, can be updated at any time by the developer without waiting for the wheels of Canonical to grind.

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