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.ly File Extension

Developer: GNU
File type: LilyPond File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .ly. Files with the file extension .ly can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .ly files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .ly file?

These are files known as LilyPond Files developed by GNU. Lilypond is a popular application for creating musical scores, allowing users to produce their desired music of the highest quality. When Lilypond is used to create sheet music, the input files it creates are known as LY files as they are affixed with the .ly extension. LY files have a header that contains the title of the music, the composer, and a musical score wherein the scores contain the time, clef and the key as well as note lists and durations. LY files can be edited by any text editor since they are saved in a text format and with the use of the Lilypond program, they can also be made to become compositions that can be printed. Lilypond is free so anybody can download it and create musical sheets with it. LY files can also be opened with Lilypond in both Windows and MAC operating systems.

how to open a .ly file?

Launch a .ly file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .ly file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .ly files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .ly file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .ly file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .ly file association errors

applications that open a .ly file

GNU LilyPond

GNU LilyPond

The collaboration between Han-Wen Nienhuys and Jan Nieuwenhuizen resulted to the LilyPond Project, which created and developed LilyPond software that writes musical notation in the traditional hand-engraved format. The typeset uses Computer Modern, a scalable font that writes notes with more rounded heads and thicker staff lines. Also, LilyPond's notation is written differently with shorter ledger lines and duration-based spacing between notes. It doesn't have a graphics editor and mostly creates text-based outputs in PDF, SVG, or PNG. After writing the notation, composers can use the program to generate MIDI files based on their finished musical score or a part of it, and listen to the playback while editing and polishing their work. The software is compatible with most operating systems and works with different hardware and software platforms. The GNU LilyPond source code is available for customization under the GNU Public License.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .ly files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .ly. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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