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Installation instructions for GNU Solfege

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Installing on MS Windows should be easy. Just download and run the installer from

GNU/Linux users can often install the program with the package manager of their distribution. Sometimes solfege is not in the "core" set of packages. For example in Ubuntu, you have to select to install package from "universe" before you can install solfege. Consult your GNU/Linux distributions web site and/or user manual.

If the package provided with your distro is too old, you can try the zero-install package from

You can email the mailing list if you have any questions about installing the program.

If you for some reason need to compile the program yourself, then I suggest you check the README and INSTALL files included in the source tarball.


There is a solfege ebuild on Gentoo's portage. To install the latest testing version, put solfege to package.keywords, then emerge solfege:

echo "media-sound/solfege" >> /etc/portage/package.keywords
emerge solfege

That's all.

If you have problems with midi output, be sure that timidity is installed. If your sound card does not have sufficient midi support, you should activate eawpatches for timidity. Here's how to do it, the asterisk shows that it's active:

# eselect timidity list
Available TiMidity++ patchsets:
[1]   eawpatches

# eselect timidity update
# eselect timidity list
Available TiMidity++ patchsets:
[1]   eawpatches \*


See Mac OSX for options.

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