Musescore notation for ipad

• Aug 4, 2022 - 02:00

This topic may have been brought up before, but it did not come up when I searched this forum.

I would really appreciate an ipad version of Musescore notation software. The Musescore sheet music version is already available, so I can’t imagine it would be too difficult to add the notation features to that version.

I want to be able to write while on the road, when I can’t access my desktop. i have the free version of Avid Sibelius as a backup, but it is pathetically absent of features, is extremely limited, and doesn’t even have a virtual piano keyboard.

Hopefully, Musescore for ipad will be available in the near future.


There have been many requests for MuseScore notation software on iPad and Android but it's a huge undertaking - probably at least 3 times the effort of simply rendering and playing a score, (which the current mobile apps do).

Just go through all the menus, dialogues and settings on desktop vs mobile and you will get an idea of the amount of work needed. I would love to see a version for Android but I understand that I will have to wait a while yet.

Perhaps if .com rather than .org took this project on then it could be realised as a commercial product.

In reply to by yonah_ag

To be clear: websites don't develop software, people do :-). The single company that manages both of these websites is the same company that helps develop the notation software. And it's not at all unlikely that someday, they'll find themselves with enough free time on their hands to also develop a mobile notation program in addition to all the other projects they juggle. But, anything based on the MuseScore code would need to be open source. That doesn't completely rule out the possibility of charging for it, but it does complicate things.

Realistically, many laptops are almost as small and light as an iPad, so that's a much better option than any crippled-for-tablet version of a standard notation program. And some, like the Surface mentioned earlier, can also function as tablets. Chromebooks also make good options here, and several of those can also function as tablets.

In reply to by yonah_ag

Interesting! For me personally that's a much more attractive option, as it opens the doors to notation editing on a much wider range of devices (eg, Android, Kindle, Chromebooks without Linux support, school or library computers that are locked down by admin and can't have new apps installed). And if it allows for collaboration of any kind, so much the better!

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