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 3.1.17

* Rebuilt with Xcode 10.1 in order to work correctly with new iPad Pro models.
* Fixed the order of tune parts when playing back multiple tunes at once.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

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.

rinceoir ,

Great entertainment and learning aid

Well though out and designed app. Use it daily and never had a crash. Great on retina display. I am learning a banjo and fiddle in Irish trad style and this app is great supplement in and to my classes. The only extra I would like is a count or lead in to the start of playing a piece of music for accompaniment. You cannot get the first couple of notes in from pressing the start icon. Again a great app.

083ron ,

Great app, can also edit abc.

The description for this app doesn't mention it's best feature - you can make new tunes from scratch and edit existing ones by typing in the abc language. The sheet music updates as you type, side by side. You can then email either the abc source or a PDF version.

App Privacy

The developer, JH Labs, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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