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This is a plugin to import and export music in abc notation to and from popular free score-editing software MuseScore.

It uses abc2xml and xml2abc from wim.vree.org to do the import and export via all the score programs' lingua franca, MusicXML.


This plugin will run in MuseScore 3.5 and newer.
Tested on Windows 10 and Linux Mint 20.

MuseScore 4 is in for a complete rewrite of its plugin api. For the time being it does not support plugins that do open and save files. You can run MuseScore 3 and 4 in parallel, though, thus using the older version for im- and exporting abc.

Alternatively, have a look at abc2xml GUI, which works standalone.


Download the newest versions of abc2xml and xml2abc and copy them into the plugin's folder. If you already have any of them installed put their paths into the ini file in the same folder.

On Windows both the Python and exe versions can be used. If you want to use the Python version, Python has to be installed and included in the PATH environment variable.

On Linux operating systems that come with Python pre-installed, no additional settings should be necessary. The plugin will look for python3, python and python2 (in this order) to run the converters.

Under MacOS you also need to have Python installed.


This plugin speaks English, French, German and Irish. Thanks to Batt O'Connor for his help with the Irish and to Benoît Rouits for providing the French.
If you can provide translations into other languages, please be in touch.


The plugin is available for download from GitHub.

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