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TAB file extension - Guitar tablature

What is tab file? How to open tab files?

File type specification:

Text file type icon Text file type

File extension tab is also used for the ASCII text guitar tablature format, a text file that contains song lyrics and guitar tabs.

Guitar tablature, also known as tablature, is a type of musical notation that is primarily used for fretted stringed instruments like the guitar. In a tab file, each line represents a string on the guitar, and the numbers on the line represent the frets where the musician should place their fingers. For instance, a "0" indicates that the string should be played open, a "1" indicates that the first fret should be pressed, and so on.

Updated: April 7, 2024

Help how to open:

Best to be opened using guitar tablature software, but you can use any editor to open .tab files.

How to convert:

Tablatures can be exported to MusicXML or Midi.

List of software applications associated to the .tab file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open tab file, edit tab file, convert tab file, view tab file, play tab file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting tab files.

Software that import tab file - Guitar tablature

Programs supporting the exension tab on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for import tab file action.

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