MUS File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a MUS file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .MUS files.

What is a MUS file?

Files that contain the .mus file extension are most commonly associated with music notation files that have been created by the Finale software application, which is MakeMusic's music notation program.

MakeMusic is popular for their music notation software, which allows for the composing and publishing of music files and information. The MUS files that are used by their programs save data in the MIDI file format.

MUS files are very similar to MID files, but they contain additional information that can only be read by the MakeMusic notation software. The MUS files contain music notation details, but they do not contain any actual audio data.

How to open MUS files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension MUS for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different MUS openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension MUS

While we know of one file format using the .MUS file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .MUS file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of MUS files. Remember, different programs may use MUS files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
FinaleFinaleUser submitted
Finale NotePadFinale NotePadUser submitted
FinaleR NotePadFinaleR NotePadUser submitted
Finale PrintMusicFinale PrintMusicUser submitted
Finale SongWriterFinale SongWriterUser submitted
Harmony Assistant - Win32Harmony Assistant - Win32User submitted
Finale ReaderFinale ReaderUser submitted
Melody Assistant - Windows -sMelody Assistant - Windows -sUser submitted
FinaleR ReaderFinaleR ReaderUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MUS-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with MUS-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!