This is the official site where you can find the latest versions of abcMIDI and runabc.tcl. The software is also available on sourceforge.net but it is updated less frequently.
abc is a computer language for notating music in plain text format. It was introduced by Chris Walshaw in 1993 when Windows 3 and MSDOS were the main operating systems on personal computers. Software such as abc2midi and abc2ps for handling abc notation were introduced around this time. Presently there are more than a half a million abc files that are freely available on the internet.
The abcMIDI package was created by James Allwright in the 1990's in C code. About 20 years ago, he asked me to take over the support and maintenance of the code. I have been correcting bugs and adding new features since then. (See doc/CHANGES in the source code distribution.) In the meantime I was also transcribing international folk dances into abc format which can be found here.
Jef Moine has rewritten abc2ps and now supports it as abcm2ps on his web site.
The programs in the abcMIDI package (abc2midi, abc2abc, yaps, midi2abc, and etc.) run in a DOS command window; however, these programs have become embedded in more complex programs with nice user interfaces. Runabc, is one of such programs that I had created, and it has been growing over the past 15 years.
EasyAbc is another user interface that was created by Nils Liberg. It is a popular package and is available on sourceforge.net. Nils abandoned support of this package and presently I am one of the supporters. It is written in Python 2.4 and WxPython and it quite difficult to maintain.
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 2019-10-17. You can also download the entire documentation in a zip file runabc_html.zip. Updated 2019-07-17.
You can download the latest version of runabc.tcl here
||2.140||November 06 2019||Source code|
||2.139||October 22 2019||Windows executable|
||2.139||October 22 2019||starkit|
||1.967||November 12 2015||Linux binary|
||2.139||October 22 2019||Mac binary|
||2.139||October 22 2015||Alternative Mac binary|
||2.132||July 21 2019||Windows install|
||1.102||November 12 2019||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.
midiexplorer.zip is a new program under constant developed which is described on sourceforge. The source code here is unstable, but stable versions including executables for Windows are available in the midiexplorer project on sourceforge.
|abc2abc||2.02 June 06 2019|
|abc2midi||4.24 October 13 2019|
|abc2ps.zip||1.3.3 December 2 2000|
|yaps||1.73 August 11 2019|
|midi2abc||3.40 November 06 2019|
|midicopy||1.32 July 05 2019|
|abcmatch||1.73 June 06 2019|
The latest version is abcMIDI-2019.11.11.zip November 11 2019. This version and newer are partially incompatible with runabc 2.139 and older and midiexplorer 1.100 and older
Executables for the Microsoft Windows operating systems are also available in the zip file abcmidi_win32.zip. This file was updated on November 12 2019 (includes abcm2ps-8.14.5 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 2019/06/20|
|Balkan dances vol 2||updated 2019/06/20|
|Israeli dances||updated 2019/06/18|
|International dances||updated 2015/12/09|
|Turkish Makams||updated 2016/04/29|
|Klezmer Database cleaned up||updated 2019/06/18|
|Ottawa Slow Jam|
|From **kern files||introduced 2019/01/04|
|work in progress||updated 2019/07/04|
Nils Liberg has been too busy to support EasyAbc. Some numerous bug fixes have been contributed and you can find updated source code here.