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I just want to view not edit tabs and I think paying 60 bucks to listen/edit is too much.

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I think this is kind of sad. $60 is really not a lot of money for software, especially something as useful as guitar pro (even if you're not editing). Particularly when you compare it to how much you might spend on guitars, amps, pedals. I think it's important to support companies making useful products so that they can continue doing it! <end soap box> – yossarian Jan 14 '11 at 17:06

There's also TuxGuitar. It's not as good as Guitar Pro, but should be enough for your needs.

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I use TuxGuitar and it is a bit clunky, but gets the job done. It can also read Power Tab tabs. – Anonymous Jan 14 '11 at 19:49
@Peter It can be clunky, but I think it's worth it to be able to load Power Tab tabs as well – Jason W Jan 15 '11 at 4:16
Just like to restate my support for this software, I use this soft all the time, it has been able to open any tab format I have thrown at it. I am really surprised that it is free. +1 – Ali Maxwell May 30 '11 at 8:13
This was my choice as soon as I moved over to Linux, back a uni. – Jamie Taylor Aug 28 '13 at 9:47

Dguitar is released under GNU/GPL (is not an editor YET) but it display, plays guitar pro 3 and 4

main page is here

installation steps are here

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It's generally a good idea to include enough information in your answer that even if the link fails, the answer is still valid. If your link doesn't work, I have no way of knowing what you are talking about. I think the fix is as simple as changing "that" to "DGuitar". – yossarian Jan 14 '11 at 21:21
@yossarian: Thanks. You're right. I changed it. – Anonymous Jan 14 '11 at 23:29

My favorite is TabToolkit for iPad. If you have an iPad, it is $10 well spent.

I know the title says free, but in the questions you said that $60 is too much. I agree, but I don't think $10 is too much.

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I only have an iPhone, but TabToolkit was worth $10 on that platform, too. I love being able to carry a bunch of tabs in my pocket! Now that I have GP also, they work very well as complements to each other. – gomad Mar 18 '11 at 17:54
Guitar Pro also exist for iPad / iPhone / android, for less than that ($6) – Julien N May 3 '12 at 11:58


is an online Guitar Pro playing site. It's a "freemium" model, where the free version gets you limited functionality (from memory):

  • No turning individual parts up / down / off / on.
  • No printing

If you subscribe then those limitations are lifted, but...a year of it costs more than Guitar Pro! I just got it for the purposes you describe - and as a backup band! I thought it was worth much more than the $50 I paid for it. Check Amazon, Guitar Center, etc.. for discounted pricing.

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There are Chrome extensions to view guitar pro tabs directly online:

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I found this one:

Tabs and Notes


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If a web-based reader is OK for you, try Soundslice. You'll have to create a free account, but it lets you view and play back Guitar Pro files from versions 3 and up. The free version is limited to 20 files/scores. The import/rendering is quite good.

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Free/Open-Source (GPL) Guitar Pro Tabs Viewer:

Guitar Pro Tabs Online Viewer:

and many more...

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