Guitar Pro

Guitar Pro is a multitrack tablature editor for guitar, banjo and bass.

Application Details:

Version: 5.x
Votes: 9
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.20

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Test Results

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What works

Mostly everthing.

  • Realistic Sound Engine
  • MIDI Playback
  • Menus, buttons, etc.
  • Exporting to most formats (see "What doesn't)

What does not

  • Exporting to WAV, because it's heavily OS dependent. You need to set up a Jack server or similar if you want to export audio from it.
  • The big problem: Even with proper fonts installed all note heads are slightly displaced down in the score so it looks like it's the note below it. (This didn't happen in previous tests in distros other than Fedora, and I can't figure out why it happens now.)
  • Has the same memory related crashes that it has on Windows.
  • From time to time all configuration is lost randomly, license key included. (I bypass this by having a full portable copy that I use to overwrite the oblivious one).


What was not tested

Installing. I copied my working windows folder directly to my linux partition and threw it on wine's folder tree.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

I've been using the software on a daily basis for some time now, even with the described problems and it pretty much works alright. Biggest issue, the thing about note heads... Also, any soundfounts you choose to work with in Timidity are better sounding than Microsoft GS Wavetable and support for reverb and chorus effects actually works.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowLinux Mint 19.2 TinaNov 22 20194.20Yes Yes NoSilverVladimir 
ShowmacOS 10.14 "Mojave"Oct 12 20194.0.2Yes Yes YesSilverFrancisco Parchin 
CurrentFedora 22 x86_64Apr 16 20161.9.7N/A Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowFedora 20 x86_64Jan 04 20141.7.9Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 31 20111.3.25Yes Yes BronzeKonstanty ├ů┼ícianecki 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
4158 Guitar Pro 5 dies after splash screen CLOSED FIXED View
6446 notes fonts instead of alphabet CLOSED FIXED View
10720 All chords lyrics aren't displayed in Guitar Pro 5.X CLOSED FIXED View
12711 Guitar Pro 5 don't show in the task bar CLOSED FIXED View
13148 Guitar Pro 5 Crashes after a few seconds CLOSED FIXED View
13582 Guitar Pro 5: Instrument tracks are played even if their volume slider is set to 0 CLOSED INVALID View
14577 Guitar Pro 5 freezes a few seconds after being launched CLOSED DUPLICATE View
14756 Guitar Pro 5: Alt+Down on score activates menubar CLOSED FIXED View
15147 Guitar Pro 5 freezes after a few seconds. CLOSED DUPLICATE View
16057 horrible performance in Guitar Pro 5 CLOSED DUPLICATE View
16167 messed up keyboard in Guitar Pro 5 and Game Maker 7, possibly others CLOSED DUPLICATE View
17001 guitar pro 5.2 is sluggish and unstable CLOSED FIXED View
17538 Guitar Pro freezes with own GDIPLUS.DLL, renders incorrectly with Wine's CLOSED INVALID View
19938 GuitarPro: Prints empty tabs CLOSED FIXED View
33824 Guitar Pro 5: Some fonts become very small CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes


2013-05-03 Admin note: The instructions below are very old and may not be applicable to current Wine. In particular, wineprefixcreate has been deprecated for several years. The instructions are being left here for the benefit of anyone who may wish to test and/or update them. 


First : I suggest you to create a wineprefix :

wineprefixcreate --prefix "$HOME/.wine_gp/"

Then configure :

env WINEPREFIX="$HOME/.wine_gp" winecfg

I use this as winecfg :

-No shader, no virtual desktop, only "allow WM to control my window"
-OSS Sound (16Bit standard with "emulate pilote)

You'll have to launch a MIDI sequencer (I use Timidity but you should be able to use qsynth/fluidsynth):

Here's the script I use :


timidity -iA -B2,4 -Os -EFreverb=0&

cd $HOME/.wine_gp/drive_c/Program\ Files/Guitar\ Pro\ 5/ $1 env WINEPREFIX="$HOME/.wine_gp" wine GP5.exe sleep 1 killall timidity

Now, launch Guitar-Pro and open Options>MIDI. You should see "Timidity Port 0". Use it.

You'll notice that the sound is not perfect, sometimes it get slowed, especially when there are lots of instruments playing...


Anyway, you can use the Java-based TUXGUITAR, which is 100% free and open-source. It works perfectly on Linux, and partially supports Guitar Pro's file format. Or, if you're looking for something more sophisticated, Rosegarden is an excellent KDE-based music sequencer and notation editor. Although sometimes a bit hard to get working, it's quite featureful.


I suggest you configured "My documents" "Desktop" to your tab folders...


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