Practice makes perfect. iReal Pro offers an easy-to-use tool to help musicians of all levels master their art. It simulates a real-sounding band that can accompany you as you practice. The app also lets you create and collect chord charts of your favorite songs for reference.

~One of Time Magazine's 50 Best Inventions of 2010~

Used by thousands of music students, teachers and some of the world’s top music schools such as Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute.

“It’s the perfect technology for a practicing musician: high-quality digital audio, mixable, transposable into any key and completely mobile. Now every aspiring musician has a backup band in their pocket.” – Tim Westergren, Pandora Founder

• It's a Book:
Create, edit, print, share and collect chord charts of your favorite songs for reference while practicing or performing.

• It's a Band:
Practice with a realistic sounding piano (or guitar), bass and drum accompaniments for any downloaded or user-created chord chart.


Have a virtual band accompany you as you practice
• Choose from the included 50 different accompaniment styles (Swing, Ballad, Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Bossa Nova, Latin,...) and 12 blues styles available as a one-time In-App purchase
• Personalize each style with a variety of sounds including piano, Fender Rhodes, acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic and electric basses, drums, vibraphone, organ, and more
• Record yourself playing or singing along with the accompaniment

Play, edit, and download any songs you want
• 1000s of songs can be downloaded from the forums in a few simple steps
• Edit existing songs or create your own with the Editor
• The Player will play any song that you edit or create
• Create multiple editable playlists

Improve your skills with the included chord diagrams
• Display guitar, ukulele tabs and piano fingerings for any of your chord charts
• Look up piano, guitar and ukulele fingerings for any chord
• Display scale recommendations for each chord of a song to help with improvisations

Practice in the way, and at the level, that you choose
• Includes 50 exercises for practicing common chord progressions
• Transpose any chart to any key or to number notation
• Loop a selection of measures of a chart for focused practicing
• Advanced practice settings (automatic tempo increase, automatic key transposition)
• Global Eb, Bb, F and G transposition for horn players

Share, print, and export – so your music follows you wherever you need it!
• Share individual charts or whole playlists with other iReal Pro users via email and the forums
• Export charts as PDF and MusicXML
• Export audio as WAV, AAC and MIDI 
• Upload your songs and playlists to iCloud for safekeeping and for synchronization across any of your iCloud enabled devices such as iPhone, iPad or Mac

Always backup your songs!

What’s New

Version 2020.9

- Added support for new Apple M1 based computers (Universal app)
- Adopted new macOS 11 Big Sur design
- New player controls with easier access to all functionalities
- Added option for single column song list
- Added support for Dark Mode
- New: search for songs in Spotlight
- Accessibility improvements for Voice-Over reading of the chord chart
- Added ability to copy songs from the song list and paste them into a playlist
- Added ability to drag a playlist or song to the finder as a mean to export
- Added ability to import iReal Pro .html files by dragging them onto the sidebar in the playlists area
- Fixed PDF size for better printing
- Fixed add9 chord voicings so that the 9th is not at the top
- Added foot Hi-Hat sound to click sounds (useful for 2 & 4 click track)

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

JazzPianoOnline ,

Very good, could be great, excellent tech support

As a long time Band-in-a-Box (BIAB) user, I was hesitant to switch over to iReal Pro but the convenience of using my iPhone as a practice tool instead of a computer at the piano (BIAB is PC only) won me over.

Understand, iReal Pro is no BIAB. BIAB outputs phenomenally good audio quality and allows for extreme flexibility that is capable of creating musically sophisticated backing tracks that are indistinguishable from the real thing (actual musicians, which is what BIAB uses). It does not run on any mobile device, however, which is a fatal flaw these days.

If iReal Pro can improve the audio quality, add sophistication to it’s arranging capabilities (and also a professional UI upgrade would help too) then they would own the play along app market.

Sorry if I sound like I am being harsh but I really want see the developers of iReal Pro make this into a killer app. I’d be happy to pay for the upgrades as in-app purchases to keep the revenue flowing and the development ongoing.

Niki is awesome- answered me on a holiday.

Please take this app to the next level!

Billwards ,

Broken for me

Long time user. Went to open recently, it asked for my apple ID. Then just bobbed on the dock. Tried to force quit, appeared and dissapeared in the menu. app store told me to delete the app and reload. I did. losing the charts I’d made? Everytime I try to reload or open from app store, it asks for my ID, telling me it had been purchased on a different mac. Accepts my ID, then moments later
asks again. I tried all kinds of ways to get to administrator on the website, it won’t recognize or accept the email ( at least 10 yrs old) Won’t accept the user ID and password for the website that I just created. When I try to use the contact form and hit Submit button, it just sits there. Doesn’t point out an error, doesn’t tell me my message has been sent. I’m stranded, getting frustrated. That one star used to be 5. Hope it will be again

Developer Response ,

Are you still having issues Bill? Please contact us directly if Apple hasn't been able to resolve the issue as it sounds like a problem with the Apple ID.

samadamsthedog ,

Very good!

I use it to chart tunes both for myself, for learning, and also for other musicians I play with. I've been using it for several years, on the Mac.

There's certainly room for improvement, especially in the user interface, but overall, it gets the job done.

High points:
- Enter the chart in any key; transpose to any key for printout. You can also display in number notation.
- You can play the chart back in any key, and at any tempo, and in any of a list of styles. Honestly, I rarely find a style I like; but it's fine just to hear the chords to make sure you've got them right, or even to practice against. (There are some extra-cost style options, but I've not tried them.)
- Their tech support is very knowledgable and quick to respond. The searchable user forums also provide good answers, expecially when their tech support people respond publicly.


Technimo LLC
50 MB

macOS 10.13 or later


English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Blues style backing tracks $3.99
  2. Chord Scales
  3. Guitar Chords


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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