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 (95,98, ME, NT 4, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7) or Linux on the i386 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 2014-06-10 You can also download the entire documentation in a zip file Updated 2014-02-05

You can download the latest version of runabc.tcl here
1.905/td> July 29 2014
1.904 July 22 2014
1.904 July 22 2014
1.904 July 24 2014
runabc.exe has Tcl/Tk built in for Windows users who do not wish to install Tcl/Tk 8.5 on their system. Runabc.exe was now created using tclkit ( instead of freewrap ( It is no longer necessary to compact it with winzip. It is ready to run. First save it to your hard drive and then run (no installs).

runabc.kit will run without tcl/tk on almost any system where tclkit has been installed. See install.html for details.

For Windows system, Runabc_setup.exe will install runabc.exe and the abcMIDI executables, and create shortcuts on your start button and Desktop. By default the programs are installed on c:\runabc folder; if you choose to put it in c:\Program Files\ and you are also running Windows 7, then it is necessary to change the permissions of the installed folder to allow write access.


You need

abc2abc 1.75 September 08 2014
abc2midi 3.32 September 11 2014 1.3.3 December 2 2000
yaps 1.57 November 04 2013
midi2abc 2.94 January 05 2014
midicopy 1.20 October 28 2013
abcmatch 1.62 January 01 2014

You may find the sources of most of these files in the latest version of abcmidi (see below)  and you can obtain the executables for various operating systems from Guido Gonzato's web site - The ABC Plus Homepage.

The latest version is September 11 2014.

Executables for the Microsoft Windows operating systems are also available in the zip file This file was updated on September 11 2014 (includes abcm2ps-7.8.0 executable).

Documentation abc2midi guide . The guide was updated September 11 2014.

Other abc file links may be found in The abc Homepage.

Sample Abc files I have contributed

Balkan dances vol 1
Balkan dances vol 2
Israeli dances
International dances
Esac Database
Nottingham Database
Turkish Makams
Klezmer Database cleaned up
Ottawa Slow Jam
work in progress

Easy Abc Support

Nils Liberg has been too busy to support Easy Abc. Some numerous bug fixes have been contributed and you can find updated source code here.


September 08 2014: added the abc 2.1 extension to handle the +: for lyrics. (Support is still rather limited.)

September 10 2014: extended !bend! function in abc2midi to work with microtones.

September 11 2014: new %%MIDI command bendstring. The abcmidi guide was also updated.

This page was last updated on September 11 2014.