Why should you use AppImage

Installation on Linux

These are old instructions for MuseScore 2
For MuseScore 3 users, see Install on Linux

Since MuseScore 2.0.3 it is for the first time possible to download a copy for Linux directly from the download page, as well as for Windows and Mac users. This is made possible by the so-called AppImage Packaging Format, which works on almost all Linux distributions. If you prefer, you can still get MuseScore the traditional way via the Packet Manager (although you may have to wait for the version to be packed by the appropriate 'maintainer'). However, you can also build MuseScore yourself from code.


The AppImage format is a new way of packaging Linux applications. AppImages are portable, which means they don't need to be installed and work with almost every Linux distribution. All dependencies are in the AppImage file.

Step 1 - Download

Before you download the AppImage file, you need to know your processor architecture. This can be found out with the help of these shell commands:


The output is something like "", "" or "":

  • (or similar) - 32-bit Intel / AMD processor (often in older systems).
  • (or similar) - 64-bit Intel / AMD processor (modern laptops and desktop computers, as well as most Chromebooks).
  • (or later) - ARM processor (cell phones & tablets, Raspberry Pi 2/3 with Ubuntu Mate, as well as some Chromebooks, currently usually 32-bit).

You now have an overview of which AppImage file works best with your processor architecture on the download page. If the file has been downloaded, it will be something like "".

Step 2 - give execution rights

Before you can start the AppImage file, it is necessary to assign rights to run it as a program.
With the terminal:

This command gives the user rights to execute the Appimage file. This works with all Linux systems.

cd ~ / Downloads chmod u + x MuseScore * .AppImage

Note: Use the "" command to change to the directory where you downloaded the AppImage file.

With a file manager:

If you do not want to use the command line, there is usually a procedure for assigning execution rights within a file manager.

In the Gnome Nautilus file manager, for example, simply:

  1. Right click on the AppImage file and select "Properties ...".
  2. Open the "Access Rights" tab.
  3. Activate the selection "May be started as a program".

This procedure may differ slightly with other file managers.

Step 3 - Run!

Now it should be possible to start the program simply by double-clicking it!

If you downloaded the AppImage file, it may have been saved in your download directory. But you can always move it somewhere else. (e.g. you can put the file on the desktop for easy access). If you want to remove them, just delete them.

Install the AppImage file (optional)

You can start the AppImage file without installing it, but you should install it if you want to fully integrate it into your desktop environment. This has the following advantages:

  • Add the AppImage file to the application menu or program launcher
  • The correct symbols for MuseScore (MSCZ, MSCX) and MusicXML files (MXL, XML)
  • Make the Appimage file available in the file manager context menu by right-clicking "Open with ..."

To install the file, run the file in the terminal with the "intall" option. (see immediately below). This copies a desktop file and various icons on your computer. If you want to remove this, you have to execute the "remove" option before deleting the AppImage file. This has no effect on the scores you have made with any version of MuseScore.

Use command line options

When executing the Appimage file in the terminal, you are allowed various command line options. The Appimage file has a few special options in addition to MuseScore's command line options.

You need to change to the directory where the Appimage file is saved, e.g .:

cd ~ / Desktop ./MuseScore*.AppImage [option ...]

Or add a path to the AppImage file:

~ / desktop / MuseScore * .AppImage [option ...]

Use the "--help" and "man" options to find out more information about the command line options available:

./MuseScore*.AppImage --help # displays a complete list of command line options ./MuseScore*.AppImage man # displays the manual page (explains what the options do)

Distribution Packages


  1. Import the GPG key:

    su rpm --import http://prereleases.musescore.org/linux/Fedora/RPM-GPG-KEY-Seve
  2. Go to the download page of the MuseScore website. Click on the link for the stable Fedora download and choose the correct rpm package for your architecture.

  3. Depending on your architecture, use one of the two sets of commands to install MuseScore

    • for arch i386

      suyum localinstall musescore-X.Y-1.fc10.i386.rpm
    • for arch x86_64

      suyum localinstall musescore-X.Y-1.fc10.x86_64.rpm

If you have difficulty with sound, see Fedora 11 and sound
See also the hints for the various distributions on the download page.

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