LILYPOND(1) User Commands LILYPOND(1)

LilyPond - manual page for LilyPond 2.22.1

lilypond [OPTION]... FILE...

Typeset music and/or produce MIDI from FILE.

LilyPond produces beautiful music notation. For more information, see

-f, --formats=FORMATs
dump FORMAT,... Also as separate options:
generate PDF files (default)
generate SVG files
generate PNG files
generate PostScript files
-E, --eps
generate Encapsulated PostScript files
-O, --pspdfopt=KEY
set ps/pdf optimization to KEY, which is either 'size' (default), 'TeX', or 'TeX-GS'
-d, --define-default=SYM[=VAL]
set Scheme option SYM to VAL (default: #t); use -dhelp for help
-e, --evaluate=EXPR
evaluate scheme code
-h, --help
show this help and exit
-H, --header=FIELD
dump \header field FIELD to file named BASENAME.FIELD
-I, --include=DIR
append DIR to search path
-i, --init=FILE
use FILE as init file
chroot to JAIL, become USER:GROUP and cd into DIR
-l, --loglevel=LOGLEVEL
print log messages according to LOGLEVEL, which is either NONE, ERROR, WARNING, BASIC, PROGRESS, INFO (default), or DEBUG
-o, --output=FILE
write output to FILE (suffix will be added) or to FOLDER, in which case the file name will be taken from the input file.
-s, --silent
no progress, only error messages (equivalent to --loglevel=ERROR)
-v, --version
show version number and exit
-V, --verbose
be verbose (equivalent to --loglevel=DEBUG)
-w, --warranty
show warranty and copyright

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Copyright © 1996--2021 by
Han-Wen Nienhuys <> Jan Nieuwenhuizen <> 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.

May 2021 LilyPond 2.22.1