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 3.2.14

Fixed the parsing of non Latin1 characters when editing a tune.
Fixed a bug where Tunebook didn't redisplay the last viewed tune when started up (iPhone only).

Customer Reviews

A must-have app for any musician


Dump all your paper sheet music and have all of your tunes, and limitless others with you wherever you go. I still see people lugging notebooks full of paper sheet music at all the jams and sessions I go to. Tunebook eliminates the need for that and does much more besides. The built-in player is extremely flexible and provides the ability to hear any tune with any mix of instruments and orchestration, at any speed you like, which is a godsend for tunes with complex broken rhythms or odd meters. Plug your ipad into your stereo and play along with tunes with accompaniment to help you get your playing up to speed. If you don't already know how to work with ABC notation, you can learn all you need to know in a few minutes and the you can use this app to store and help develop any new tunes or songs you write or pick up at jam sessions. It's very intuitive and this app gives you instant access to hundreds of thousands of traditional tunes even if you aren't ABC savvy.

I can't say enough good things about this app, if you play music, you need it!



This app is no doubt the best app anyone interested in playing music can own. Tunebook has always worked well, with the ability to import large abc files and sort them according to index, title, key, or meter. Jerry, the app's developer, added a Transpose Key feature in the previous update which I have found to be enormously helpful. The recent update makes this app even nicer. The file management improvements are fantastic. You now longer have to be afraid of clogging up your library with a bunch of tunes that you might not like. Just download them to a tunebook folder, preview them and remove the ones you want to keep, then delete the folder to trash the remaining files. Also the multiple delete and other changes recently made to the app are quit useful.


Simple yet elegant


Renders my abc collections accurately and provides a decent playback. I find the edit interface to be easy to use with symbols readily available in a toolbar above the virtual keyboard. Easy access to cloud storage to import collections thru internal browser or start up the program's internal server to upload thru a browser. Easy and quick access to any tune within one collection or across all collections with search function and sorting by key, title or index. I have my collections rendered as PDF files also for use in Goodreader, but I find Tunebook to be much quicker for accessing the tunes. Playback of tunes with parts works correctly if you have i.e. P:ABC in the header of your tune as well as labeling each part in the tune body (P:A etc.).
Best app on my ipad.


Jerry Huxtable
34 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
Unrestricted Web Access
© 2010 Jerry Huxtable


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