Install TuxGuitar 1.5 in Ubuntu 16.04 & Higher

TuxGuitar, a free and open-source guitar tablature editor, reached the 1.5 release recently.

After more than one year of development, TuxGuitar 1.5 brings following new features:

  • String count range moved to 1 – 25
  • New Oxygen Dark skin created for dark themes
  • New synth host plugin with FX support
  • Native VST support (only for Windows/GNULinux) for the new synth host plugin.
  • Zomm in/out support

Install TuxGuitar 1.5 via Snap

The 1.5 release is available as snap, the universal Linux app packaging format.

1. For Ubuntu 16.04, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command if first time installing a snap:

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

2. Then install the snap either from Ubuntu Software:

Or by running single command:

snap install tuxguitar-vs

It’s large in the installation file size since it comes with all required libraries bundled.

Download / Install TuxGuitar via official DEB:

If a previous release was installed, remove it before doing following steps.

The DEB binaries for TuxGuitar 1.5 are available for download at:

[ac-button style=”flat” url=”” target=”_blank”]Download TuxGuitar 1.5 (.deb)[/ac-button]

Grab x86.deb for 32-bit system or x86_64.deb for 64-bit system.

And run command command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to install it:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/tuxguitar*.deb; sudo apt-get -f install

For those who stuck at installing OpenJDK-9-jdk, run following command to manually fix it:

sudo apt-get -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-overwrite" install openjdk-9-jdk


To uninstall the deb package, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove tuxguitar

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  1. I have a question. When I installed via snap, it can’t read mounted (/mnt/MyDisk) disk, but when I installed via deb package works perfect

    1. Snap app runs in sandbox. To disable this disable security confinement, re-install it via --classic mode by running commands:

      snap remove tuxguitar-vs

      snap install tuxguitar-vs --classic

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