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Vi-inspired guitar tab editor

Project description

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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.

The project is in a quite early stage, so many features are missing. Also, this project started as an excersise in python and curses for me, so code quality may not be at it’s finest, still an effort is beeing taken to clean it up.


Python 2 and curses library are required to run VITABS. PyPortMidi is required for MIDI playback.


  • 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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