OpenSongApp - Songbook

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About this app

A songbook app designed for and musicians, singers, worship leaders, etc. that allows you to view chord charts and lyrics on your Android device and use it as a portable music songbook. The app uses the OpenSong format, but will also open and convert songs created in ChordPro and iOS style song formats. PDF documents are also supported on Android Lollipop.

Please check the online help pages if you have problems:


Performance (musician) mode
Stage (tech team) mode
Presentation (projecting lyrics) mode.
Fully indexed search feature
4 fully customisable display themes (light, dark, etc.)
Supports ALL Bluetooth pedals
Metronome (audio and visual)
Built in pads (matching the key of the song) - 24 included
Include your own backing tracks
Song sticky notes
Highlighter/drawing tool
Import songs from UG and Chordie
Use the camera to take a photo of a song sheet and use this
Create and edit songs
Show/hide chords
Set preferred keys (e.g. Gb or F#)
View chord diagrams for guitar, ukulele, banjo, cavaquinho and mandolin. You can also create custom chords
Support for European chord formats (es/is/Do re mi) and Nashville numbering.
Create and edit sets of songs, slides, notes, scriptures
Export and share songs and sets with others
Songs in sets can be converted to 'Variations'. This allows you to modify songs in your set without changing the original
Load in previously created/shared sets
Allows images to be used as songs
Will display PDF documents in performance mode (e.g. scanned sheet music) - this is only available on devices running API 21/5.0 (Android Lollipop) or above. Multiple page PDF files are supported.
Current song can be looked up on YouTube via search button
Fully compatible with iOS style songs, .pro and .chopro file format (songs are automatically converted into OpenSong format)
Import all songs from an iOS 'alternative' app backup file
Dual screen presentation of songs with custom background images and video
Allows user choice of storing song on internal or external memory (SD card)

The app can be used as a replacement for any bulky paper based song folder for performing musicians.

I am constantly looking to improve and update this app and welcome suggestions, requests, etc.

OpenSongApp is designed to compliment the Open Source application for Linux/Windows/Mac called OpenSong that allows churches to project song lyrics, Bible verses, etc. You can check them out (and support them) at:

If you're looking for an alternative to the other expensive apps out there that doesn't see you as a customer, someone to make money from, or someone to bombard with ads, you've come to the right place.

OpenSongApp for Android started out free of charge, is currently free of charge and will stay free of charge for the lifetime of the app. All of my features are available. No additional in app purchases, unlocks, enhancements, etc. You get it all, all the time!
If you don't like it, no worries, move on, life is too short!
Updated on
17 Nov 2022

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963 reviews
Timothy DeLorenze (Tim)
6 January 2021
Excellent program! Has a lot of surprising features for a free app. The creator is also super helpful. I use this every week for church services. Songs are easy to import or manually enter. I still like my paper copies, but this has made the transition to digital much easier. I've been using it for a couple years now and it's WAY better than any other songbook app I've tried, including paid ones.
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A Google user
16 January 2020
This is a great app for *any* performer who has an Android Tablet and access to OpenSong XML format files. It is not just limited to "church" music. I have been using it for 3 years on a 10" Asus Tablet and love it! While it is tempting to think that the display on a 10" tablet is going to be too small, it is not. When you are not displaying PDFs (which it also does), the app can be set to scale the text so that lines fit the width of the display. For most songs, there are few enough lines that this enlarges the display enough. For some songs, i have to edit the chord charts (or just lyrics) and break long lines up. This is very easy to do. As for getting songs into OpenSongApp, it can accept input from Text, PDF, and XML files. There are also options to search for and import songs from several popular websites (i.e. SongSelect, Chordie, Ultimate-guitar, WorshipTogether, UKUTABS , and HOLYCHORDS). [Some of these site are subscription sites.] The only issue I have with it is not really an issue: There is not a Windows or iOS port that I have found.
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Gareth Evans
5 March 2020
Thank you for this very kind and full review John!
A Google user
25 August 2019
I've only been using this app for a few days now, but so far I like it better than any other I've tried. I have only one complaint (which may be a matter of learning how) but it seems there should be a start button for the timer on the auto scroll (maybe a custom button?). Sometimes while performing we may go ahead and switch to the next song, and immediately the timer starts and the song starts scrolling before I'm ready. I'd like to be able to tap a start button for the timer.
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Gareth Evans
26 August 2019
You can. In the options>autoscroll menu, switch off auto start. To start a pad manually, just long press the autoscroll page button (if you don't have it on the page, add it from the options>display>page buttons menu). Single/short tapping the button calls up the autoscroll settings for the song. Alternatively set up a custom gesture.

What's new

Fix for storage permissions for Android R
Updated permissions for Google Nearby (for connecting devices)
Fix for section move in PresenterMode spotted by Ian