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Post: Jun 7th 2008 at 11:19 AM


I just can print or export in pdf one track at the time... Is there any way to print in multitrack mode?


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Post: Nov 7th 2009 at 5:39 PM

Lilypond: a solution to generate PDF with two or more tracks

One solution to create PDF with all the tracks of a project is:
save the project in Lilypond format (.ly), and with LilyPond installed, make the program turns it into PDF.
The procedure is explained here:


My explanation:

With Lilypond installed, open the terminal, navigate to the directory where the file created by TuxGuitar (in this example the name is YourFileTuxGuitar.ly) and type:

$lilypond YourFileTuxGuitar.ly

After giving "Enter", it appears, and was created in the same folder a file. Ps and others. Pdf

daniel@ubuntu:~/Desktop/Test$ lilypond YourFileTuxGuitar.ly
GNU LilyPond 2.10.33
Processing `YourFileTuxGuitar.ly'
Interpreting music... [1]
Preprocessing graphical objects...
Layout output to `YourFileTuxGuitar.ps'...
Converting to `YourFileTuxGuitar.pdf'...

In link has the explanation for Windows.

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Post: Nov 16th 2009 at 11:51 PM

Thumbs up for Tuxguitar!
But I couldn't believe, multitrack printing and PDF exporting was not possible. It's the number one drawback for me!

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Post: Jan 24th 2010 at 7:56 AM

Daniel, thanks for pointing the way to Lilypond, it produces crisp, clear scores printed as pdf files and certainly overcomes Tuxguitar's poor printing capabilities (I hope this does improve in future versions as I think it does let the otherwise superb program down somewhat)

I just have to master controlling page layout in Lilypond now!

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Post: Jan 27th 2010 at 7:33 AM

So has anyone accomplished a multitrack print with out the use of Lilypond?

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Post: Jan 27th 2010 at 5:56 PM

The Lilypond thing works

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Post: Mar 23rd 2010 at 2:18 AM

I do not understand how to do this. Do you mind wording it simpler or try explaining it more thoroughly?

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Post: Apr 23rd 2010 at 6:59 PM

Hey can I print multitracks anyway in windows?


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Post: Apr 30th 2010 at 4:30 AM

I spent some time without seeing the post. I will soon post a video demonstrating the procedure.

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Post: May 5th 2010 at 3:14 PM

To generate PDF with Lilypond in Windows:

Download the installer for Windows on http://lilypond.org/install/

After installation a shortcut was created on the desktop.

By giving two clicks will open the "LilyPad" with the message:

Welcome to LilyPond


Congratulations, LilyPond has been installed successfully.

Now to take it for the first test run.

1. Save this LilyPond file on your desktop with the name "test.ly".

2. Pick it up from the desktop with your mouse pointer, drag and drop

it onto the LilyPond icon.

3. LilyPond automatically produces a PDF file from the musical scale


4. To print or view the result, click on the newly produced file



5. If you see a piece of music with a scale, LilyPond is working properly.

Next, you'll want to get started on your own scores. To do this you'll

need to learn about using LilyPond.

LilyPond's interface is text-based, rather than graphical. Please visit the

help page at http://lilypond.org/web/help. This will point you to a quick

tutorial and extensive documentation.

Good luck with LilyPond! Happy engraving.

Remembering how to save the TuxGuitar project in Lilypond format (.ly):

File > Export > Export Lilypond

In "Options" select "Export all tracks" and check what you want in "Layout Options" and click "OK".

See you later!

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Post: May 5th 2010 at 3:30 PM

There are several topics open on this subject:

print/export multiple tracks on one sheet

Multitrack printing.


printing multiple tracks?


Print intire score as score

And now I'll post only in this topic:

LilyPond: solution to generate PDF with multitrack

I will soon post a video demonstrating the procedure.

See you later!

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Chris F
Post: Mar 18th 2012 at 4:22 PM

This isn't working for me...log file shows a ton of errors and no pdf file is created. Got it to work by exporting one track, but exporting both or just the other doesn't work. Need to be able to print a score of at least 2 tracks. Can someone help?

I see the last post on this thread was over a year ago so I'm gonna create a new topic to hopefully get more attention.

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Chris F
Post: Mar 18th 2012 at 4:24 PM

well I see it's on top so I don't have to make a new topic...but I really need help here or I'm gonna have to seek out new software and totally redo my transcription...please help!!

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