Create your own guitar or bass tablature. Write tabs for instruments with up to 7 strings or as few as 3. Add text and lyrics. Share tabs with AirDrop. Export as PDF or text. Use a string-based cursor or a chord-based cursor. Multitouch enabled arpeggio buttons for easy arpeggios or for selecting a subset of strings in a chord for a tab entry. Programmable chord buttons for rapid entry.

Update to Tab Builder Premium to enable tablature Copy-and-Paste functionality and 3 new themes.

What’s New

Version 3.1.1

Fixes a UI bug with dark mode.

New in 3.1:
Added option to use classic Tab Builder browser.

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Rambo8649 ,

Good app focused on making guitar tab quickly

I've been trying all the apps, paid and free, that will allow me to create simple guitar tab quickly and easily. So far this is my favorite app because it's not cluttered with all the tools that I don't need that are present in the other apps. Don't get me wrong, this app is not perfect, I can think of a bunch of things I would change and add, but it's definitely headed in the right direction. One thing that is desperately needed, is the ability to save to iCloud so I can see my tab on all my iOS devices.

Distracted Naturalist ,

Excellent app

I’ve been using Tab Builder for a few years. It’s simple to use and works perfect for noting ideas for future reference or sharing with band mates. I make extensive use of the “add lyrics/ text” (the dot to the left of the tab) to add notes about song structure, chord changes, tempo etc. Added plus is that the developer responded immediately to a question I had after the last update.

knickname? ,

Great app. Used it for years

This is a great app. Simple interface. I have used it for years. Does everything I want it to. Somehow I initially missed the fact that it allows you to enter text. Once I discovered that feature, it truly met all my needs. Developer support (to help me figure out the text editor) was quick and helpful, too.


Peter Slavich
4.6 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  1. Tab Builder Premium $0.99


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