TEFpad, the most powerful notation editor for iOS

TEFpad is a tablature editor designed for the iPad that implements most features available in the TablEdit desktop program. It is also compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch.

Just like TEFview for iOS, our free file viewer, TEFpad opens, displays, prints and plays all TablEdit files (.tef format). It imports as well many types of music files (ASCII tablatures, ABC files, MusicXML, MIDI, Guitar Pro, PowerTab...).

In addition to this, TEFpad opens TabRite files and lets you create new tablature arrangements from scratch.

The files you have created on your device with TEFpad can be edited and saved without any limitation.

Warning: You can edit files not created with TEFpad or imported into TEFpad, but only the first 16 measures can be saved. Likewise the app does not allow copying the contents of one of these files into another .tef file. To get rid of these limitations, you can upgrade to TEFpad Pro (available as an In-App purchase).

The .tef files saved with TEFpad can be opened and modified in the TablEdit desktop program that offers advanced capabilities not completely available in TEFpad.

Please submit your suggestions and bug reports to

- Open/Import TablEdit, ASCII, ABC, MIDI, Music XML, PowerTab, TABrite and GuitarPro files
- extracts TablEdit files contained in a zip archive
- Display tablature and/or standard notation
- English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Chinese and Italian language support
- Embedded Help (tap the info button in the top-right corner of the screen)
- File manager with subdirectory management
- Email files as attachment
- PDF export. The PDF can be emailed or opened in a third party app
- iTunes file sharing
- WIFI file sharing
- Integration with the Files app
- MIDI Playback with full real time control (speed, pitch, volume and MIDI instrument)
- Metronome and count down settings
- Ability to change the soundfont
- Playlist
- Customize background color for screen, special keyboard, palettes,
- Print to an Air Printer
- ABC, MIDI, ASCII, WAV file export
- Time and Key signature setup along with a transpose feature
- Measures management (Add/Delete/Copy/Move/Pick-up measure)
- Instrument setup (String number, Tuning, Capo, Clef...)
- Quantize notes (after a MIDI import)
- Enter notes and rests in the tablature or standard notation
- Edit notes (duration, velocity, special effect, staccato...)
- Create chord diagrams
- Insert text, tempo changes, pick strokes and fingerings and format them
- Reading guides (repeats and endings)
- Fingerboard or keyboard view
- External keyboard support
- Support for Page turners
- Print options dialog
- Support drum tabs and pedal steel guitar tabs
- Simple grace note management
- iPad Pro support

What’s New

Version 3.5.0

- Optical recognition of tablature images and PDF files
- Corrected import of TabRite files

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

CharlieS1029 ,

Revised Review

Thank you to the developers for your response. It still took me some time to figure out how to get multiple instruments but now that I have the program works for my needs.

Developer Response ,

Just open the Instrument window which allows you to add up to 16 instruments. Simply tap the tuning of the instrument. And please consider to update your review.

xx??!! ,

Incredibly useful program

This app is just amazing in terms of what it allows me to do with arranging and playing back music. I wanted an app that would allow me, for guitar, to arrange music that is most often played on keyboards. I also wanted an app that would allow me to keep my files local on my device rather than forcing me to work in the cloud. With support for tablature, this app is great for arranging for guitar but it does a lot more. It would be equally useful arranging for keyboard and seemingly for a band, though I have not tried to arrange for more than one instrument. It plays midi and includes a lot of instruments. It’s ease of use is comparable to other notation softwares I have used. I was hesitant to buy without the ability to check it out with a free trial. It turns out though that, for me, this light version of the program—even without available pro upgrades— is all I will need in a notation program for a long time. I’ll never have to turn on a computer. The help pages are deliberately succinct so there is some amount of trial and error involved in figuring out some features. Overall, however, it’s just a super app.

Developer Response ,

Thank you. Much appreciated.

Smasher99 ,

Virtually unusable for precision practicing

This could be a great app, but if you are looking for a way to easily highlight and repeat a particular passage, you’ll wind up tearing your hair out what should be the most basic of functions is anything but. First, you can’t simply finger drag from point A to B on the staff and press repeat. The drag function is specific to each line of the staff you have to highlight both horizontally and vertically, and the vertical highlighter simply does not work- 9 times out of 10 you miss one, and during playback those notes are muted. Infuriating.

This app was designed for something, maybe writing and editing, but as a practice aid, bag it dude. Needs major surgery.

Developer Response ,

Indeed, this app was designed to edit scores. It is important to be able to select precisely the part you want to modify.
However in the next update (3.0) if you are not in edit mode, the selection will work as you wish, i. e. all strings will be selected.

App Privacy

The developer, TablEdit, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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