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lilypond: manual page for LilyPond 2.12.2


LilyPond - manual page for LilyPond 2.12.2


lilypond [OPTION]... FILE...


Typeset music and/or produce MIDI from FILE.

LilyPond produces beautiful music notation. For more information, see


-d, --define-default=SYM[=VAL]
set Scheme option SYM to VAL (default: #t). Use -dhelp for help.
-e, --evaluate=EXPR
evaluate scheme code
-f, --formats=FORMATs
dump FORMAT,... Also as separate options:
generate PDF (default)
generate PNG
generate PostScript
-h, --help
show this help and exit
-H, --header=FIELD
dump header field FIELD to file named BASENAME.FIELD
-I, --include=DIR
add DIR to search path
-i, --init=FILE
use FILE as init file
-j, --jail=USER, GROUP, JAIL, DIR
chroot to JAIL, become USER:GROUP and cd into DIR
-o, --output=FILE
write output to FILE (suffix will be added)
relocate using directory of lilypond program
-v, --version
show version number and exit
-V, --verbose
be verbose
-w, --warranty
show warranty and copyright


Report bugs via


Copyright © 1996--2009 by
  Han-Wen Nienhuys <hanwen [at]>
  Jan Nieuwenhuizen <janneke [at]>
  and others.

This program is free software. It is covered by the GNU General Public License and you are welcome to change it and/or distribute copies of it under certain conditions. Invoke as `lilypond --warranty' for more information.


The full documentation for LilyPond is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and LilyPond programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info LilyPond

should give you access to the complete manual.