1.1.4 Command-line

Note: These instructions assume that you are familiar with command-line programs. If you are using any of the programs described in Easier editing, please consult the documentation for those programs if you have any problems compiling a file.

Step 1. Create your ‘.ly’ file

Create a text file called ‘test.ly’ and enter:

\version "2.18.2"
  c' e' g' e'

Step 2. Compile (with command-line)

To process ‘test.ly’, type the following at the command prompt:

lilypond test.ly

You will see something resembling:

GNU LilyPond 2.18.2
Processing `test.ly'
Interpreting music...
Preprocessing graphical objects...
Solving 1 page-breaking chunks...[1: 1 pages]
Drawing systems...
Layout output to `test.ps'...
Converting to `./test.pdf'...
Success: compilation successfully completed

Step 3. View output

You may view or print the resulting ‘test.pdf’.

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LilyPond — Learning Manual v2.18.2 (stable-branch).