Tunebook is now identical to the Tunebook for iPad 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 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 and abc2midi applications, and 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

3.8 out of 5
5 Ratings
5 Ratings
Swduncan ,

Needs iCloud sync

App works well and is mature. The ability to search and find tunes on the web is great.

But in this day and age I assume that whatever I do on my phone will be the same in my iPad and vice versa. No so with this app. Anything I put in one place has to be manually moved/copies to the other.

Bill.who ,

Not perfect, but none better on any platform.

This is, simply put, one of the best abc programs available. For any platform, not just the iPhone. The user interface is simple and clear. The tunes sound ... not bad ... in MIDI and the staff and note presentations look good.
Editing is simple, and grabbing a tune from the web is about as easy as can be. The only real complaint that I had was that tunes were difficult to organize. Then, this morning, there was a new version...
Now, tunes can be added to tunebooks (I'm not clear whether these tunebooks are more like tags, or more like folders with copies of the tunes JH labs web page hasn't caught up with this version yet). You can also search and sort by key, meter or title. In addition you can search by an arbitrary string of abc. There seem to be a few glitches. For example, I'm not sure that the sorting by index works properly. The app still merits five stars because this is about as good as it gets in an all-round abc app.

Dulcilady ,

Great music organizer-LOVE IT

I've not used ABC notation much but understand how it works. This app let's you import whole tunebooks that are available on the web either in total or individually. After you have tunes downloaded & properly in the app, you can sort by title, key, time signature or abc notes. You can then set up tunebooks within the app, say you're making a set list or want all of your waltzes in one place, like a database you'll see them sorted into these tunebooks while not changing the total list of tunes.

I have both versions of this app for itouch and iPad and they work slightly differently. So far the itouch/iPhone app is a little easier to figure out, possibly because I've used it more. Looking for a way to add a single new tune in the iPad version & haven't found it. Wish the web developer site had a click here to contact.

Great Tool for musicians at any level!


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 app.
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