Tunebook for iPad is now identical to the Tunebook application - don't buy both! I keep both on the App Store because it's not possible to provide an upgrade path to a single app without forcing some users to pay twice.

Tunebook is a viewer for music expressed in the ABC format. ABC is a simple text-based notation for music and many thousands of tunes are freely available in this format on the Web. ABC is also supported by many music applications. See for more details on the ABC format. The format is primarily geared towards traditional folk music where tunes are short and fit on a single page.

Tunebook allows you to import files in the ABC format from websites into its database. You can then list the tunes, search for tunes by words in the title, by key and by time signature. Selecting a tune will display it in musical notation and allow you to play it in a variety of voices. You can also create tunebooks to organize your tune collection.

Tunebook is based on the well-known abc2ps application, fluidsynth, and the GeneralUser GS soundfont. It is licensed under the GPL. The source code is available from

What’s New

Version 3.1.16

Fixed the layout of the editing panes when the keyboard is shown on iPhone.
Added support for the Q: field in ABC files for changing tune tempo.

Ratings and Reviews

MinusOneZero ,

great app.

Excellent app. I am using it with dropbox. Would be 5 stars but some abc is not implemented. e.g K:Dphr^F for hijaz mode. Also some ornamations.

houplagrundle ,

Update makes it even better

I’m using this every day to explore different tunes, and remind me of ones I’m learning. the transpose function makes it easier for me on my hurdy gurdy, the developer is responsive and sorts out any niggles

Bryanmac ac ,

Really useful

Imports tunes from The Session easily. Am looking forward to using this more


Jerry Huxtable
33.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this application.
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