Runabc is a graphical user interface to several command line driven programs for processing abc files. It is written in Tcl/Tk script and will run on any computer or operating system in which Tcl/Tk is installed. This includes Windows, Unix, Linux and Macintosh. The script now provides graphical user interfaces to abc2abc, abc2midi, abc2ps, abcm2ps and yaps. You also need a midi player and a postscript viewer. If you are running on Windows (2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8) or Linux. you can get many of the executables here and also from the web site The ABC Plus Homepage. For other systems you will probably need to download the sources and compile them yourself. The link below illustrates the operation of this program. The link install.html provides links to web sites where you can get the various components to run the program.
runabc.html describes what this program does. Updated 2019-01-17. You can also download the entire documentation in a zip file runabc_html.zip. Updated 2018-02-07.
You can download the latest version of runabc.tcl here
||2.029||March 13 2019||Source code|
||2.029||March 13 2019||Windows executable|
||2.029||March 13 2019||starkit|
||1.967||November 12 2015||Linux binary|
||1.939||June 10 2015||Mac binary|
||1.939||June 11 2015||Alternative Mac binary|
||2.018||March 13 2019||Windows install|
||1.010||October 25 2018||Source code only|
runabcexe is a similar executable with Tcl/Tk builtin for Linux.
runabc.kit will run without tcl/tk on almost any system where tclkit has been installed. See install.html for details.
For Windows system, setup_runabc.exe will install runabc.exe and the abcMIDI executables, and create shortcuts on your start button and Desktop. Runabc will now work properly even if it is installed in the c:\Program Files (x86) folder. It will create a separate folder in your home folder called runabc_home where it will store runabc.ini and other files that it needs to write.
The Windows executable runabc.exe may return some strange error
messages on Windows 10; for example
bad component "item": must be row or column while executing ".abc.titles.t identify item $locx [expr $locy+2]" (procedure "update_wholefile_and_toc" line 12)
In such situations I recommend installing the tcl/tk interpreter from www.activestate/activetcl. Download and install the community edition (ActiveTcl22.214.171.124....exe) for x86, not 64-bit. This should fix the problem with runabc.exe. Otherwise run the source code by clicking on runabc.tcl.
midiexplorer.zip is a new program under constant developed which is described on sourceforge. The source code here is unstable, but stable versions are available in the midiexplorer project on sourceforge.
|abc2abc||2.01 December 21 2018|
|abc2midi||4.18 March 23 2019|
|abc2ps.zip||1.3.3 December 2 2000|
|yaps||1.71 December 21 2018|
|midi2abc||3.26 October 25 2018|
|midicopy||1.30 December 15 2017|
|abcmatch||1.72 December 2018|
The latest version is abcMIDI-2019.03.23.zip March 23 2019
Executables for the Microsoft Windows operating systems are also available in the zip file abcmidi_win32.zip. This file was updated on March 23 2019 (includes abcm2ps-8.14.1 executable).
Documentation abc2midi guide . The guide was updated June 24 2018.
Other abc file links may be found in The abc Homepage.
|Balkan dances vol 1||updated 2015/12/09|
|Balkan dances vol 2||updated 2015/12/09|
|Israeli dances||updated 2015/12/09|
|International dances||updated 2015/12/09|
|Turkish Makams||updated 2016/04/29|
|Klezmer Database cleaned up||updated 2015/12/15|
|Ottawa Slow Jam|
|From **kern files||introduced 2019/01/04|
|work in progress||updated 2015/12/09|
Nils Liberg has been too busy to support EasyAbc. Some numerous bug fixes have been contributed and you can find updated source code here.