Portable MuseScore 3

• Feb 8, 2019 - 02:16

I was really angry when I found out that the latest version of MuseScore didn't have a portable version. I don't have my own laptop, and I am currently going to Snow College for Music, so I need a portable version of this software so I can use it regardless of where I am, including on the school computers. PLEASE make a portable version ASAP!!! I will NOT take no for an answer.

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It has been seen :-). A portable version will no doubt become available once the technical hurdles (eg, need to be able to create a 32-bit version) are all overcome. Meanwhile, the software is free, I would suggest asking the sysadmin at Snow College to install it!

FWIW, you can also download a nightly build which can be run without installation.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Dear Mr. Sabatella ,
today I was looking if a Portable version of Musescore 3 was finally available ....
and find a Website (Altervista.org) where there is a download for "Musescore 3.05 Portable 32 bit NAMP"...
is it possible , or I will download something "malicious" ??
Thanks for your advice

Don't be pathetic, the world will not end simply because you continue to use the portable Musescore 2.3.... After all, the previous version is not at all bad nor expired, right? (Even though admittedly v3 has some really nice improvements :-))
Provided your college computers are 64bit OS, what keeps you from building your own portable package? Sure, it needs some research to figure out how to tweak the default configuration, but it shouldn't be rocket science. IIRC there are some hints and guidelines on e.g. portableapps.com

Just my 2cents, I am waiting for a portable version as well (and I don't need an 32bit so I might try to build my own package)


Keep in mind that MuseScore is available absolutely free and development is largely a volunteer effort of the very generous community contributors.

As MuseScore is free, why not reach out to Dr. Larsen, Dr. Fullmer (great guy, btw.... known him since I was a kid) or administrative staff of various computer labs at Snow if you would like the software to be more available on campus.

In reply to by Daniel

Well, here's the thing: I am able to get it on the computers in the library, but they're rigged to delete everything at the end of the day, so that would mean that I would need to have it re-downloaded every single day just to use it. Not to mention I'd have to save my scores on a flash drive.


In reply to by 2142Kitch


You are very welcome to get involved and help to create a portable version of MuseScore 3 if you have such an urgent desire for it to be available.

Also, it is possible to save your scores to Musescore.com directly through the software or even save them to online file storage such as Google Drive.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Even if MuseScore was installed on the library PCs, and even if the disks weren't erased every night, these are shared devices anyway.
So you wouldn't save your work on the PC itself.
You must save your scores on a network drive if you can access one from these PCs, or to a flash drive otherwise.


You are crackin' me up. lol. I f you have enough money to go to music school, then you have enough to shell out six bills for Finale or whatever. I don't believe for a second that college kids who choose a music major are poor....

In reply to by ramblinj

Many people going to music school are on scholarship and don't have money to burn. And anyhow, I'd like to think people might choose MuseScore for other reasons (ease of use, compatibility with what others are using, ability to share scores on musescore.com, etc) than just money.

Anyhow, using a "nightly build" version is indeed the way to go for now. Should work fine for the purpose at hand.

I am also looking forward to a portable version of MuseScore 3, but in the meantime the portable version of MuseScore 2 (2.3.2) works wonderfully on my laptop, my PC at home, and my office computer at the university where I work. I save my scores on an external USB hard drive, also for portability. Saving them on a school or university computer is definitely not recommended!

A big thank you to the MuseScore developer team for this excellent software!

I created some projects using MuseScore3 and I need to continue the development using the portable Version, that, as you said, is based on Version 2. Please is there a way? Opening them directly does not work and copy-paste from one sheet to another one does not seem to work as well. Thanks.

What I don't understand is why anyone would purposely write software that is not portable. I have been a software developer for decades. I have yet to deliver a product that is not portable. It makes no difference to the developer if the developed software is portable or not, so why not make it portable?

Portability makes the product easier to install/uninstall, more secure, less likely to have compatibility issues, and less likely to mess up anything in the client's computer.

You can provide a simple ".zip" file which contains all of your software, or you can provide a ".paf.exe" compatible with "PortableApps.com". It does not matter which you prefer, either way is portable. I prefer the ".zip" format which can still be used in the ProtableApps launcher if desired.

In reply to by rrioja

Because making your software self-contained makes the download bigger. The whole purpose of shared libraries (such as dll / so) is that many programs can use the same framework, without you having to have that framework installed multiple times onto your local machine; thus saving both storage and download space.

Another reason is OS-integration. Double clicking a file and having the OS associate it with launching your software is easier to achieve in non-portable versions.

Those are just two reasons from the top of my head, without knowing or understanding the extra effort involved with creating portable apps. But ISTR that for the paf.exe from PortableApps there was a seemingly 32-bit restriction at some point?

Any progress for a portable version on the most recent version of MuseScore? I'm now stuck at Snow Hall at Snow College, with no access to a computer other than the school ones.

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