TuxGuitar - Free Guitar Tab Editor

for Windows, Mac and GNU/Linux

Guitar tab editor is a big help when you need conveniently write down your musical ideas. Opposite to writing tabs on a paper, with this tool you can always make any changes without making the tab look dirty, playback the tab, add multiple tracks, mute any track in the composition, and play over it yourself just like with a backing track.

The really good thing is that TuxGuitar can also work with gp3, gp4, gp5 - Guitar Pro tabs, of commercial software. And there's a lot of free guitar pro tabs on the net.

Open the Download Page

Scroll down the download page and choose the right package for your your computer.

A few extra notes about TuxGuitar:

To playback songs the program uses midi synthesizer on your sound card, so the sound quality completely depends on your hardware, and with a cheap sound card the sound will be like from a cheap synthesizer.

Besides working with Guitar Pro files, TuxGuitar can also export tabs as PDF, MIDI, Taf and ACSII (text) files. With the ACSII tabs you can copy and past your creations as text and easily publish them on the websites.

ACSII guitar tab example

In TuxGuitar you won't see the mixer above the staves as in Guitar Pro software. It was hard for me to find how to get to the mixer on the screen for the first time I fired up the program.

Don't dig deep into the menu like I did, the button that opens the mixer is actually located on the top bar of the window:

I also use the Ctrl+m keyboard shortcut to do the same.

Another thing that I noticed, when double-clicked a tab file with the gp3 extension, is that the program always opens a blank tab, no matter what's inside.

In order to actually open a gp3 tab, start the Tuxguitar first,

click File --> Open, within the program and navigate to your file.

It opens other supported extensions by a double-click with no hassle.

UPDATE on November 12,2014
The double-clicking works just fine on my Debian system, can't say anything about other operating systems though.

If you use some flavour of or derivation from GNU operating system like Debian, Parabola, Ubuntu... (erroneously called Linux by many users today), you likely will be able to install the tuxguitar via your software manager directly, but it can be a much older version that one than can be downloaded from tuxguitar.com.ar website.

If there's no sound, install tuxguitar-jsa through the shell.

for Debian: install timidity-daemon too.


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