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LilyPond is an automated engraving system. It formats music beautifully and automatically, and has a friendly syntax for its input files.

The inspiration for LilyPond came when two musicians got annoyed with the bland and boring look of computer print-outs. Every musician prefers reading beautiful music, so couldn't we programmers solve that printing problem?

LilyPond just does that: it prints music in the best traditions of classical engraving with minimum fuss. Don't waste time on tuning spacing, moving around symbols, or shaping slurs. Impress friends and colleagues with sharp sheet music!

What's New

Version 2.19.10-1:
  • This release includes a number of enhancements, and contains some work in progress.


OS X 10.4 or later

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Cunamara Member IconReview+24

I've been using Lilypond for about four years, using it to write lead sheets for jazz combos. The learning curve is steep but the tutorials will get you through that. Once you have templates set up for the kind of music you want to engrave, it becomes quick and efficient. I can go from manuscript to a lead sheet for concert, Bb horns, Eb horns and bass in 15 minutes with beautiful and easily readable music to hand to my bandmates. Another band member who uses Finale produces much inferior charts that are harder to read. Pairing Lilypond with a dedicated editor such as Frescobaldi makes it so much easier to use, also, but any text editor can be used.

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Version 2.19.7-1
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699

Very Good App and free like in BEER!

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Version 2.19.3-1
Willy-Software-Addict Member IconReview+1

Cool app!

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Version 2.19.1-1
Negritude Member IconComment+1082

FYI, there are PPC versions of both stable and beta at the developer's web site:


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Version 2.13.50-1
Diogo Cocharro Member IconReview+22
Diogo Cocharro

Nice and free!

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Version 2.12.3
Sjha Member IconComment+124

I am delighted to find that this latest version of Lilypond now supports Leopard and Snow Leopard - well done and thanks to the developers!

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Version 2.13.4-1
sjha Member IconComment+124

I am a great fan of Lilypond which produces beautiful music sheets. However I am concerned that the development of the Mac versions is becoming less than satisfactory. Firstly there is still no version of Lilypond that will run under Leopard. Secondly both the 2.11 and 2.12 versions produce error messages on my Macbook under OSX 10.4.11 - indeed I couldn't get version 2.12.1-1 to produce any output. I have had to revert to version 2.10.33-1

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Version 2.12.1-1

Have a look here:



Yes I am aware of this work-around. But that is what it is - just a work-around. And what concerns me is that it is now nearly 12 months since it was reported that Lilypond did not work under Leopard and we still have to use a work-around.


Sorry. Was just trying to help.


I didn't mean to sound unappreciative of your helpful comment. Indeed I think it was important to point Leopard users to the work-around that you mention since it does allow them to use Lilypond albeit in a somewhat roundabout way. I am just disappointed that one of my favourite programmes still does not have full Leopard compatibility.


Unfortunately, no one (until recently) had the magical combination of ability and means (i.e., hardware) to create an OSX 10.5 compatible version. In these situations, one can usually ask for a refund and find a competitor product that does everything desired. Lilypond, however is free, so a refund is unnecessary, and all that remains is to find a competitor product that does everything desired.

axe Member IconComment+30

I downloaded lilypond-2.11.41-1.darwin-x86.tar.bz2
to a MacBook Pro 2.6 Intel Core 2 duo running Mac OSX 10.5.2
None of the versions above were usable at all.
None showed the menubar correctly.
All showed only one menu, Lilypond, with no menu items. No keyboard shortcut worked and the only way to quit the appl was to force quit it (CMD OPT ESC)
Can the developer help please?

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Version 2.11.41-1

Likely the developer(s) can help, try the developer website:



Are you using Leopard? The user requirements require Tiger.


Sorry, you already said you're using 10.5.2, so there's more help available on this page:


sjha Member IconReview+124

This excellent programme just gets better and better! Highly recommended for anyone writing out music scores

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Version 2.11.36-1
sjha Member IconComment+124

There seems to be a problem with the archive for version 2.11.19-2 which will not expand successfully

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Version 2.11.19-2
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Date 14 Jul 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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