TuxGuitar – Open Source Guitar Tablature Editor

Yep Yep! Tuxguitar is an open source guitar tablature editor for linux, macOS, windows, and freeBSD. It’s a powerful alternative application to commercial guitar tablature softwares like Guitar Pro or Tab Pro.

Tuxguitar can open and play tabs from the said commercial softwares and other formats.

Compose music with the following features:

  • Tablature editor
  • Score Viewer
  • Multitrack display
  • Autoscroll while playing
  • Note duration management
  • Various effects (bend, slide, vibrato, hammer-on/pull-off)
  • and many other cool features.




Installing Tuxguitar in Ubuntu needs java installed but I prefer openjdk so I will use openjdk in this installation.

You can also build from source by following its guide here and other linux guide here.