4.4 LilyPond output in other programs

This section shows methods to integrate text and music, different than the automated method with lilypond-book.

Many quotes from a large score

If you need to quote many fragments from a large score, you can also use the clip systems feature, see Extracting fragments of music.

Inserting LilyPond output into OpenOffice and LibreOffice

LilyPond notation can be added to OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice with OOoLilyPond, an OpenOffice.org extension that converts LilyPond files into images within OpenOffice.org documents. Although this is no longer being developed, it appears to still work with version 4.

Inserting LilyPond output into other programs

To insert LilyPond output in other programs, use lilypond instead of lilypond-book. Each example must be created individually and added to the document; consult the documentation for that program. Most programs will be able to insert LilyPond output in ‘PNG’, ‘EPS’, or ‘PDF’ formats.

To reduce the white space around your LilyPond score, use the following options

  bookTitleMarkup = ##f
  scoreTitleMarkup = ##f

{ c1 }

To produce useful image files:


lilypond -dbackend=eps -dno-gs-load-fonts -dinclude-eps-fonts myfile.ly


lilypond -dbackend=eps -dno-gs-load-fonts -dinclude-eps-fonts --png myfile.ly

A transparent PNG

lilypond -dbackend=eps -dno-gs-load-fonts -dinclude-eps-fonts \
  -dpixmap-format=pngalpha --png myfile.ly

Other languages: català, deutsch, español, français, magyar, italiano, 日本語.
About automatic language selection.

LilyPond — Usage v2.19.24 (development-branch).