Orlando Lutes: Lutescribe


LuteScribe is a free (and open source) MS Windows application by Luke Emmet for viewing and editing musical tabulature for lutes and related historical instruments.

It offers an editing window to view and edit your tabulature in a format that is easy to understand. Editing your tabulature is as simple as using a spreadsheet, and you can print or save as PDF. Check your work using the audio playback options. Screenshots below.

LuteScribe is compatible with common tabulature file formats such as Wayne Cripps TAB format, Fronimo FT3, Fandango JTZ, JTXML and has its own native XML based file format LSML. With LuteScribe you can write your own lute tabulature and open/view a vast amount of freely available tabulature from online resources such as:


  • Windows 7 or 10.
  • Some users have had success running on Linux or Mac using a virtual machine or Wine. See notes on this.

Current version 1.2.2

The current version of LuteScribe is 1.2.2, released Oct 2020. Main changes in this version since last release:

  • Update to use latest tab 4.3.101
  • Sign the LuteScribe, tab and installer binaries
  • For more details see LuteScribe change history.


Download the current LuteScribe installer.

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License and source code

LuteScribe is free and open source (GPL 3) software written mostly in C# - perhaps a rather fitting language for musical software.

Source is available in Github at github.com/LukeEmmet/LuteScribe. Feel free to submit patches or updates.


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