Musescore 2.0.1 not available in Ubuntu ppa

• May 16, 2015 - 09:54

Hello, i'm using Musescore 1.3 on Ubuntu 1404.
Unfortunately i cannot open .mscz files created with Musescore 2.x or from PDF Converter.
So i want to update to the newest version, when will it be available?


In reply to by brianr0922

As far as I know, 2.0..1 is perfectly available for Linux the same way it was in the beginning and always has been - by compiling it yourself :-). The way precompiled software is distributed on Linux (of which there of course many different distributions, each with their own unique requirements) is very different from Windows or Mac, however, and requires the cooperation of others.

In reply to by brianr0922

@brian Linux has never been a stepchild. In fact, the development of MuseScore is done on Linux. That said, we rely on volunteers from the Linux community to create packages for each release. So if there is a package missing and someone steps up to create that package, you bet we give this person all the help needed. Perhaps you like to step up?

In reply to by Thomas

I have built MuseScore from source many times before and can do that again if needed. I would have to get QT and all of the other dependencies setup on my system again though. I was hoping that once 2.0 was released life would be easier and I would not have to do it anymore. :-) However, I am willing to help out. How would I get in touch with the PPA maintainers to find out if they need help?

Just to avoid confusion, Marc is talking about MuseScore's own PPA for Ubuntu. The official Ubuntu repositories (i.e. Ubuntu Software Centre) still only have 1.3, and will most likely not get a newer version until the release of Ubuntu 15.10 in October.

In the meantime, you can install MuseScore 2.0.0 from MuseScore's own PPA for Ubuntu. Open the Terminal Ctrl+Alt+T and use these commands to add the PPA and install 2.0.0 (or later versions as they become available)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mscore-ubuntu/mscore-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install musescore

As Marc said, 2.0.1 has been released but is not available from the PPA. If you want to install it you will have to compile from source following this step-by-step guide. When you reach "Get the source code":

git clone git://
cd MuseScore

Add these lines immediately after `cd MuseScore` to get the 2.0.1 release:

git checkout tags/v2.0.1
git reset --hard tags/v2.0.1

(Alternatively get the source code from here if you don't want to use git).

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Perhaps not, and that might be an important distinction to make if the lawyers come knocking. However, it is the official MuseScore PPA for Ubuntu (i.e. it's linked on the downloads page) and it uses the MuseScore name and icons. There might not be a formal contract with the maintainer, but I imagine the MuseScore team wouldn't be very happy if he started making other programs available via the same PPA. The issue of "ownership" is blurred in the open-source world, and you could consider maintainers' contributions to be as much a part of the MuseScore project as the developers'. However, you are correct that they are technically separate for legal purposes (i.e. maintainers don't have to sign the CLA).

In reply to by notes4piano

It is on Windows and Mac, but might not be on Linux, depending on how the specifics of how it was packaged for your particular distribution. But there really is no need to keep 1.3 around - 2.0.0 can load files created in 1.3. In some cases there might be slight layout differences here or there.

In reply to by notes4piano

It isn't possible, or at least it's not recommended, but in the (unlikely) event you want to go back to 1.3 you can remove the MuseScore PPA, uninstall MuseScore 2.0.0 and then reinstall MuseScore 1.3 from Ubuntu's default repository. The tool "ppa-purge" (available from the Ubuntu Software Centre) claims to do this all in a single step:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:mscore-ubuntu/mscore-stable

That should get 1.3 back for you. I have never used ppa-purge myself, but it seems trustworthy.

(Note: if you compile MuseScore from source it is possible to get multiple versions to coexist if you specify a different install location for each. However, they won't all appear in the Unity launcher, so you have to run them from Terminal using /path/to/install/location/mscore)

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