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

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

phaaland ,

An essential tool

I have been using Tunebook for several years. It keeps getting better and more essential to my life as a musician. I focus on Irish traditional music. There are written versions for many tunes readily available on the web. Locally we play our own versions. So it is very enabling to be able to get a version from the web, customize it to reflect our local version, and then share it with friends. Now days it is very well connected to other apps so it is easy to share via email or text. I highly recommend Tunebook to anyone interested in Irish Trad.

Diana.McCall ,

Great app!

This is a great app. Works just like it says. But there are a few little tricks that aren't obvious. First, there's only one copy of each tune. The Tunebooks are just different views (catalogs) of the full collection. So, you can create temporary Tunebooks for setlists, favorites, or whatever. Just never delete the tunes, or they'll be gone. Second, you can create a new tune manually by using the + button in the All Tunes list. Third, Tunebook appears in the share menu for a text file in any other app. This lets you import ABC files from other apps, cloud servers, etc.

Craterboy ,

A must-have app for any musician

Dump all your paper sheet music and have all of your tunes, and limitless others with you wherever you go. I still see people lugging notebooks full of paper sheet music at all the jams and sessions I go to. Tunebook eliminates the need for that and does much more besides. The built-in player is extremely flexible and provides the ability to hear any tune with any mix of instruments and orchestration, at any speed you like, which is a godsend for tunes with complex broken rhythms or odd meters. Plug your ipad into your stereo and play along with tunes with accompaniment to help you get your playing up to speed. If you don't already know how to work with ABC notation, you can learn all you need to know in a few minutes and the you can use this app to store and help develop any new tunes or songs you write or pick up at jam sessions. It's very intuitive and this app gives you instant access to hundreds of thousands of traditional tunes even if you aren't ABC savvy.

I can't say enough good things about this app, if you play music, you need it!


Jerry Huxtable
33.9 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 17+ for the following:
Unrestricted Web Access
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