Csound Editor

Csound Editor is an integrated development environment for Csound compilers. Edit Csound files, run Csound, launch utilities and manuals using one program. Csound Editor is designed to focus on the document and not on the user interface, it does not hide csound code from your view.
I wrote this editor a long time ago, but a lot of people still seem to find it useful. I’m not maintaining this program anymore, but if you want to, jusk ask and I’ll send you the (horrible) source files.
If you’re on Linux, try my Csound syntax highlighting for the Kate text editor.

Areas of interest

  • Computer music
  • Algorithmic composition
  • Music teaching


  • User-defined presets for Csound command lines and utilities.
  • Syntax highlight.
  • Integrated sound player.
  • Code Outline. A tree view control that displays source code elements.
  • Switch between orchestra and score with a click.
  • In-context opcode help.
  • Related Files panel. Shows the files of a Csound project.
  • Pick opcodes from a list.
  • Orchestra and score conversion to and from unified file format (csd).
  • Store your favorite code fragments and quickly reuse them.
  • Quick dialogs to insert orchestra headers, instruments, macro definitions, #include statements, random values.



  1. Luca Cattani says:

    Hi ( o forse Ciao ! :-)

    Congratulation for your very useful editor !

    Thanks !!!!

    Luca Cattani – Trento – Italy –

  2. eobando says:

    I love the editor!…extremely useful. Easy to use, uncluttered, clean…as soon as I dled it, it literally took me less than 3 minutes to run, configure and create a test file.

    I was wondering…can you possibly supply the source?

    I would like to add a few features (if possible). One of the things that would useful is to have a file compilation output window that can display compile output/errors as well as possibly some error highlighting.



  3. Rene says:

    After test on all available editors on Windows and Linux, including general purpose editor (Scite, vim…..), I can said you have done the best one.

  4. Nat says:

    Very useful and stable!

  5. Mark says:

    I’ve been using Csedit for 6 years and it is still the absolute best, cleanest and usable editor. Thank you.

  6. […] do this in any text editor, but the easiest way is to use Flavio Tordini’s old Csound Editor http://flavio.tordini.org/csound-editor. When you open up a .sco or .orc file, it will locate the corresponding other file if it’s in […]

  7. Steve says:

    This is the best! I’d think Csound without your editor would be impossible.
    Thanks for your Fantastic work!

  8. Hans Mikelson says:

    Hi Flavio,

    I just wanted to say thank you! I have been using Csound Editor for many years now.

    Hans Mikelson

  9. Otto Hunt says:

    Could not install on Win 7 64-bit.