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Vi-inspired guitar tab editor

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VITABS is a guitar tab editor inspired by the legendary Vi text editor. It is created with convenient editing and fast keyboard entry in mind. Keyboard mappings are modeled after Vi and Vim.

A more detailed documentation is available in the doc directory in Markdown format.


Python 3 and curses library are required to run VITABS. python-rtmidi is required for MIDI playback.


It’s easiest to get VITABS via the pip package manager:

pip install vitabs[midi]


  • Vi-like editing commands

  • MIDI playback

Planned features include multiple tracks and plugin support.

License and Disclaimer

Copyright (C) 2011 Paweł Stiasny

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see <>.


pawelstiasny [at] gmail . com

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