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abcCairo is a project to create a Cairo backend for abcm2ps, enabling it to generate output in the formats supported by the Cairo library; PNG, SVG and PDF.

abcm2ps is a command line program written by Jean-François Moine which
converts abc music notation to music sheet in PostScript or SVG format.
It is an extension of Michael Methfessel's abc2ps. This project takes out
the PostScript commands to generate various musical symbols and instead
replaces them with Cairo function calls that generate the same musical

The Cairo graphics library is an open-source graphics library
offering a similar 2D graphics model to PostScript. The Cairo
library can write to a GTK canvas, allowing integration with programs
using the GTK+ toolkit, or it can write to an image file in a choice of
formats: PNG, SVG or PDF.
This means that other programs can have access to the abcm2ps
music-rendering capability without having to incorporate a
PostScript interpreter.


  • Retains the original abcm2ps PostScript and encapsulated PostScript generating functionality
  • Adds new -CPNG, -CSVG and -CPDF/-PPDF flags to select PNG, SVG or PDF output
  • Generates one PNG/SVG/PDF file per tune with -C<format> options
  • Executables available for Linux and Windows
  • Can be compiled using Pango or in non-Pango mode to simplify the dependencies
  • Generates a PDF file of all tunes with -PPDF option
  • Comes with source code for gtk_abcCairo, a graphical display program for a tune in an abc file
  • also fl_abcCairo, another graphical display program but based on FLTK.

User interface


Programming Language



Image Converters, Music Composition

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