The Open Hymnal Project
Open Hymnal

Here you will find downloadable scores, a zip file of audio files (MIDI) and a zip file of all source files (in ABC Plus format). Note that a topical index is included in the pdf.

Scores as a single pdf (2014.06) (8MB)

Big, single ABC (source) file (2014.06) (2MB)

All Scores as GIF files, zipped (2014.06) (23MB)

All MIDI files as a zip (2014.06) (336kB)

All ABC (source) files as a zip (2014.06) (1MB)

Christmas Edition 2013 (1.7M)

MP3s for Christmas Edition (70MB)

Lent/Easter Edition 2011 (1.1MB)

Visitation Edition 2011 (1.1MB)

2-up duplex printing Visitation Edition 2011 (1.1MB) (This should be printed on legal sized paper short-side duplex, stapled, folded, then sheared)

MP3s for Visitation Edition (58MB) (put these on a cell phone or MP3 player with a little speaker when you visit the sick)

Choral and Instrumental Edition 2013 (438kB)

Sword Modules (2014.06):

Raw ZIP Module (24MB)

ThML source (2MB)

Technical Details

The format of choice is the ABC Plus format, favored by folk music distributors on the internet. All scores will also be converted into pdf, MIDI, and mp3 formats. Some advanced features of ABC Plus are used, and for accurate translation to a printed score, please consider using abcm2ps version 4.12 or later. Note that a bug has crept into recent versions of abcm2ps which causes grief for the Open Hymnal files. For now, please use version 5.2.0 or earlier.


The maintainer of the Open Hymnal Project is Brian J. Dumont (editor at openhymnal dot org). I have gone through serious efforts to make sure that no copyright mistake makes it into this database. If I am in error, please inform me as soon as possible. This entire effort has used only free software, and I am indebted to the efforts of many other individuals, including the authors of the various ABC and ABC Plus software. Undoubtedly, I am also indebted to all of the great Christians who wrote these hymns.

This database comes with no guarantees whatsoever.

I would love to get email from anyone who uses the Open Hymnal, and I will take requests for hymns to add. My decision of whether to add a hymn will be based on these criteria (in the following order):
  1. It must be in the public domain or freely distributable
  2. It must be a Christian piece
  3. Whether I have access to a printed copy of the music (surprisingly, a MIDI file is usually a terrible source)
  4. Whether I like the hymn :)

If you would like to contribute to the Open Hymnal Project, please send an email to me, I would love the help! PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU FIND ANY MISTAKES, no matter how small. I want to ensure that every slur, stem, hyphenation, and punctuation mark is correct; and I'm sure that there must be mistakes right now.

Last modified: 18 Mar 2017