=head1 NAME

App::Music::ChordPro - A lyrics and chords formatting program


  perl -MApp::Music::Chordpro -e run -- [ options ] [ file ... ]

When the associated B<chordpro> program has been installed correctly:

  chordpro [ options ] [ file ... ]


B<chordpro> will read one or more text files containing the lyrics of
one or many songs plus chord information. B<chordpro> will then
generate a photo-ready, professional looking, impress-your-friends
sheet-music suitable for printing on your nearest printer.

Typical ChordPro input:

    {title: Swing Low Sweet Chariot}
    {subtitle: Traditional}

    Swing [D]low, sweet [G]chari[D]ot,
    Comin’ for to carry me [A7]home.
    Swing [D7]low, sweet [G]chari[D]ot,
    Comin’ for to [A7]carry me [D]home.

    # Verse
    I [D]looked over Jordan, and [G]what did I [D]see,
    Comin’ for to carry me [A7]home.
    A [D]band of angels [G]comin’ after [D]me,
    Comin’ for to [A7]carry me [D]home.

    {c: Chorus}

B<chordpro> is a rewrite of the Chordii program.

For more information about the ChordPro file format, see


=over 4

=item B<--about> (short: B<-A>)

Prints version information about the ChordPro program. No other
processing will be done.

=item B<--back-matter=>I<FILE>

Appends the contents of the named PDF document to the output. This can
be used to produce documents with back matter pages.

=item B<--config=>I<JSON> (shorter: B<--cfg>)

A JSON file that defines the behaviour of the program and the layout
of the output. See L<App::Music::ChordPro::Config> for details.

This option may be specified more than once. Each additional config
file overrides the corresponding definitions that are currently

=item B<--cover=>I<FILE>

See B<--front-matter>.

=item B<--csv>

When generating PDF output, also write a CSV file with titles and page
numbers. Some tools, e.g., MobileSheets, can use the CSV to process
the PDF as a collection of independent songs.

The CSV has the same name  as the PDF, with extension C<.pdf> replaced
by C<.csv>.

=item B<--decapo>

Eliminate capo settings by transposing the song.

=item B<--diagrams=>I<WHICH>

Prints diagrams of chords used in a song.

I<WHICH> can be C<all> to print all chords used, C<user> to only print
the user-defined chords, and C<none> to suppress printing of chord

=item B<--encoding=>I<ENC>

Specify the encoding for input files. Default is UTF-8.
ISO-8859.1 (Latin-1) encoding is automatically sensed.

=item B<--filelist=>I<FILE>

Read the names of the files to be processed from the named file.

This option may be specified multiple times.

Song file names listed on the command line are processed I<after> the
files from the filelist arguments.

=item B<--front-matter=>I<FILE> B<--cover=>I<FILE>

Prepends the contents of the named PDF document to the output. This can
be used to produce documents with front matter (cover) pages.

=item B<--lyrics-only> (short: B<-l>)

Only prints lyrics. All chords are suppressed.

Useful to make prints for singers and other musicians that do not
require chords.

=item B<--no-csv>

Suppresses generating the CSV file. See B<--toc>.

=item B<--no-toc>

Suppresses the table of contents. See B<--toc>.

=item B<--output=>I<FILE> (short: B<-o>)

Designates the name of the output file where the results are written

The filename extension determines the type of the output. It should
correspond to one of the backends that are currently supported:

=over 6

=item pdf

Portable document format (PDF).

=item txt

A textual representation of the input, mostly for visual inspection.

=item cho

A functional equivalent version of the ChordPro input.


=item B<--start-page-number=>I<N> (short: B<-p>)

Sets the starting page number for the output.

=item B<--toc> (short: B<-i>)

Includes a table of contents.

By default a table of contents is included in the PDF output when
it contains more than one song.

=item B<--transpose=>I<N> (short: -x)

Transposes all songs by I<N> semi-tones. Note that I<N> may be
specified as B<+>I<N> to transpose upward, using sharps, or as
B<->I<N> to transpose downward, using flats.

=item B<--version> (short: B<-V>)

Prints the program version and exits.


=head2 Chordii compatibility options

The following Chordii command line options are recognized. Note that
not all of them actually do something.

Options marked with * are better specified in the config file.

B<Note:> Chordii used the term _grid_ for chord diagrams. It
should not be confused with ChordPro grids.

=over 4

=item B<--text-font=>I<FONT> (short: B<-T>) *

Sets the font used to print lyrics and comments.

I<FONT> can be either a full path name to a TrueType font file, or the
name of one of the standard fonts. See section L</FONTS> for more

=item B<--text-size=>I<N> (short: B<-t>) *

Sets the font size for lyrics and comments.

=item B<--chord-font=>I<FONT> (short: B<-C>) *

Sets the font used to print the chord names.

I<FONT> can be either a full path name to a TrueType font file, or the
name of one of the standard fonts. See section L</FONTS> for more

=item B<--chord-size=>I<N> (short: B<-c>) *

Sets the font size for the chord names.

=item B<--chord-grid-size=>I<N> (short: B<-s>) *

Sets the total width of a chord diagram.

=item B<--chord-grids>

Prints chord diagrams of all chords used in a song.

=item B<--no-chord-grids> (short: B<-G>) *

Disables printing of chord diagrams of the chords used in a song.

=item B<--easy-chord-grids>

Not supported.

=item B<--no-easy-chord-grids> (short: B<-g>)

Not supported.

=item B<--chord-grids-sorted> (short: B<-S>) *

Prints chord diagrams of the chords used in a song, ordered by key and

=item B<--no-chord-grids-sorted> *

Prints chord diagrams in the order they appear in the song.

=item B<--user-chord-grids> *

Prints chord diagrams of all user defined chords used in a song.

=item B<--even-pages-number-left> (short B<-L>)

Prints even/odd pages with pages numbers left on even pages.

=item B<--odd-pages-number-left>

Prints even/odd pages with pages numbers left on odd pages.

=item B<--page-size=>I<FMT> (short: B<-P>) *

Specifies the page size for the PDF output, e.g. C<a4> (default), C<letter>.

=item B<--single-space> (short B<-a>)) *

When a lyrics line has no chords associated, suppresses the vertical
space normally occupied by the chords.

=item B<--vertical-space=>I<N> (short: B<-w>) *

Adds some extra vertical space between the lines.

=item B<--2-up> (short: B<-2>)

Not supported.

=item B<--4-up> (short: B<-4>)

Not supported.

=item B<--page-number-logical> (short: B<-n>)

Not supported.

=item B<--dump-chords> (short: B<-D>)

Dumps a list of built-in chords in a form dependent of the backend used.
The PDF backend will produce neat pages of chord diagrams.
The ChordPro backend will produce a list of C<define> directives.

=item B<--dump-chords-text> (short: B<-d>)

Dumps a list of built-in chords in the form of C<define> directives,
and exits.


=head2 Configuration options

See L<App::Music::ChordPro::Config> for details about the configuration

Note that missing default configuration files are silently ignored.
Also, B<chordpro> will never create nor write configuration files.


=item B<--sysconfig=>I<CFG>

Designates a system specific config file.

The default system config file depends on the operating system and user
environment. A common value is C</etc/chordpro.json> on Linux systems.

This is the place where the system manager can put settings like the
paper size, assuming that all printers use the same size.

=item B<--nosysconfig>

Don't use the system specific config file, even if it exists.

=item B<--nolegacyconfig>

Don't use a legacy config file, even if it exists.

=item B<--userconfig=>I<CFG>

Designates the config file for the user.

The default user config file depends on the operating system and user
environment. Common values are C<$HOME/.config/chordpro/chordpro.json>
and C<$HOME/.chordpro/chordpro.json>, where C<$HOME> indicates the
user home directory.

Here you can put settings for your preferred fonts and other layout
parameters that you want to apply to all B<chordpro> runs.

=item B<--nouserconfig>

Don't use the user specific config file, even if it exists.

=item B<--config=>I<CFG> (shorter: B<--cfg>)

Designates the config file specific for this run.

Default is a file named C<chordpro.json> in the current directory.

Here you can put settings that apply to the files in this
directory only.

You can specify multiple config files. The settings are accumulated.

=item B<--noconfig>

Don't use the specific config file, even if it exists.

=item B<--define=>I<item>

Sets a configuration item. I<item> must be in the format of
colon-separated configuration keys, an equal sign, and the value. For
example, the equivalent of B<--diagrams=none> is

B<--define> may be used multiple times to set multiple items.

=item B<--no-default-configs> (short: B<-X>)

Do not use any config files except the ones mentioned explicitly on
the command line.

This guarantees that the program is running with the default

=item B<--print-default-config>

Prints the default configuration to standard output, and exits.

The default configuration is commented to explain its contents.

=item B<--print-final-config>

Prints the final configuration (after processing all system, user and
other config files)  to standard output, and exits.

The final configuration is not commented. Sorry.


=head2 Miscellaneous options


=item B<--help> (short: -h)

Prints a help message. No other output is produced.

=item B<--manual>

Prints the manual page. No other output is produced.

=item B<--ident>

Shows the program name and version.

=item B<--verbose>

Provides more verbose information of what is going on.


=head1 FONTS

There are two ways to specify fonts: with a font filename, and a
built-in font name.

A font filename must be either and absolute filename, or a relative
filename which is interpreted relative to the I<font path>, which
consists of configuration setting C<fontdir>, the C<fonts> resource
dir, and the contents of environment variable C<FONTDIR>. In any case,
the filename should point to a valid TrueType (C<.ttf>) or OpenType
(C<.otf>) font.

If it is not a filename, it must be the name one of the built-in fonts.

Built-in 'Adobe Core Fonts':

  Courier                             Symbol
  Courier-Bold                        Times-Bold
  Courier-BoldOblique                 Times-BoldItalic
  Courier-Oblique                     Times-Italic
  Helvetica                           Times-Roman
  Helvetica-Bold                      ZapfDingbats

Built-in 'Windows Fonts':

  Georgia                             Webdings
  Georgia,Bold                        Wingdings


Why a rewrite of Chordii?

Chordii is the de facto reference implementation of the ChordPro file
format standard. It implements ChordPro version 4.

ChordPro version 5 adds a number of new features, and this was pushing
the limits of the very old program. Unicode support would have been
very hard to add, and the whole program centered around PostScript
generation, while nowadays PDF would be a much better alternative.

So I decided to create a new reference implementation from the ground
up. I chose a programming language that is flexible and very good at
handling Unicode data. And that is fun to program in.


This program implements ChordPro version 5. It
supports most of the features of Chordii, and a lot more:

* Native PDF generation

* Unicode support (all input is UTF8)

* User defined chords and tuning, not limited to 6 strings.

* Support for Nashville Numbering and Roman Numbering.

* Support for external TrueType and OpenType fonts

* Font kerning (with external TrueType fonts)

* Fully customizable layout, fonts and sizes

* Customizable backends for PDF, ChordPro, LilyPond*, LaTeX* and HTML*.

(* = under development)

=head1 AUTHOR

Johan Vromans C<< <jv at CPAN dot org > >>

=head1 SUPPORT

ChordPro (the program) development is hosted on GitHub, repository

Please report any bugs or feature requests to the GitHub issue tracker,

A user community discussing ChordPro can be found at

=head1 LICENSE

Copyright (C) 2010,2018 Johan Vromans,

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the same terms as Perl itself.