Sibelius is a music notation program currently in it's 7th revision.  Supports a vast library of sounds (not currently fully supported in linux), score layouts and publication options.  Faster and easier to use and learn than it's rivals.

Application Details:

Version: 7
License: Retail
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.0

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What works

Program installs using the method below and starts with no error messages.

What does not

Opening the example files causes a crash more often than not, and I can't get any sound yet - possibly because of the Native Instruments VST output.

I believe there is a workaround for this kind of output which has been put into practice for programs other than Sibelius, but it seems complicated and I have yet to try it. Something about routing it through a JACK audio server, I think.


What was not tested

Most of the program features - I thought the sound took priority here.

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Additional Comments

I've given it a Bronze rating as it runs but with limited to no features at the moment. I'm hopeful that it could work, with the correct audio settings. I'll keep on it but any help on this is appreciated. Thanks!

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowLinux Mint Debian x86_64Feb 23 20216.0Yes Yes NoPlatinumSteve Merrony 
ShowManjaro LinuxMay 04 20172.6Yes Yes Platinumsapo 
ShowDebian GNU/kFreeBSD 7.x "Wheezy"Dec 02 20141.7.32Yes Yes BronzeLord_Midnight 
ShowFedora 20Aug 06 20141.7.22Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 16 20131.6.1Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 

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HowTo / Notes


To install:                    

NB: This was still found through a somewhat hit-and-miss process, so if you have any notes or spot any unnecessary steps, please let me know.

1) Install wine and wine-dev

2) Get winetricks: in terminal enter 'wget' (without quotes, and assume the same for all terminal entries below)

3) In terminal enter 'sh winetricks' and select:


(This is one step where there may be some bloat. dotnet20 and the last three are definitely needed, the rest I install to be safe).

4) Install wineasio. At time of writing, it's not in the repositories, so the source is available here

You will need the file asio.h from the Steinberg Asio SDK, found at (requires a free account to download).

Just unzip the SDK, copy "asio.h" from the folder "common" into the wineasio source folder, then get on with installing it.

You will also need the Jack audio server and its development files from the repositories, or the install will fail.

6) Enter the Sibelius 5 DVD, and find the location of the installer msi - on mine it's /Windows/Sibelius/SibeliusEnglishInstaller.msi

In terminal enter 'wine msiexec /i /SibeliusEnglishInstaller.msi and wait for install.

7) Find the "Other Applications" section of the Sibelius DVD and install Sibelius Sounds Essentials (SSE_Setup.exe)

8) I recommend changing Wine's Audio driver to "OSS" using winecfg. It seems more stable to me.

A possible problem you might have: Once started, I heard no sound, but clicking on "Play - > Playback Devices" once a score was loaded, and then selecting "Audio Engine Options" seemed to fix this. That was kind of weird, as I didn't change any options.

Finally, to those who are having C++ or C runtime errors - this is something to do with the vcrun libraries.
I don't know how to remove them, so you're going to have to uninstall wine, delete your .wine folder (in "/home/[user]" - it's hidden), and start all over again.


Sorry... I ran into this issue though, and starting over worked out for me.

Finally, I hope it works for you!


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