Last modified
Friday, December 30, 2011

Description of App

LilyPond is a cross-platform editor that allows musicians to write sheet music through a textual interface. Through its robust programming language, LilyPond can program anything from a simple chord and melody chart to your next symphony. Its certainly worth a look if you're interested in a new way to experience the creative process.



Free or Paid


Version Of macOS App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

Since LilyPond is essentially a customised text editor, voiceover works well.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.


3 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Hayden Smith 7 years 1 month ago



Submitted by Basia F on Friday, April 3, 2015

At the beginning you may become a little frustrated with this app... Especially if you never tried programming or never used LaTeX. The manuals are simple but somewhat confusing for blind users since the examples were prepared for the general public. If you have problems, post me. I'm not super experienced, but can help the beginner.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Friday, April 3, 2015

There'salso an email list with some blind users on it as well. I don't have the info handy at the moment, but I can get it. I actually have to start up using lily pond again if I am to get this arangement I've been trying to work on for 2 years done. It's piano and 2 parts on alto, second alto, second soprano and soprano totaling 8 parts if I can work my magic.

Take care.

Submitted by Joseph Westhouse on Saturday, April 4, 2015

I'm also happy to help anyone who has questions - again, I'm no expert, but have a fair bit of experience with Lilypond. Glad to see this finally getting a mention in the app directory, too!

Submitted by Jim Homme on Monday, August 5, 2019

Does Lilypond have notation for chord changes? Does it also export to Music XML? I would like a way to feed music XML chord changes into iReal Pro, because currently, the editor in that app is impossible to use.

Submitted by peter on Monday, August 5, 2019

Is there a easy way to listen to the music one has created in LillyPond? this would be great for helping a blind user catch mistakes or just to preview music being entered into the program.