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Hardware support

ossia score supports running on ARM under Raspberry Pi 3 and 4. We recommend a Raspberry Pi 4 for much better performance for audio processing, as well as better support for graphics feature due to its more advanced GPU.

Other embedded boards will also likely work, they have just not been tested yet. If Qt runs on the hardware then most likely score will also run – see the following page for the reference hardware supported by Qt:

Please report to us if you try to build and run score on any other kind of exotic system !

Running on the Raspberry Pi (Raspbian)

Raspberry Pi 3 and 4 pre-made builds are accessible on Github Actions. Pi Zero, 1, 2 can technically work but no builds are currently being made for them.

To use ossia score on the Pi, it is necessary to:

  • Use an up-to-date Raspbian Buster distribution (Stretch is not supported). You can follow this guide.
  • Update the firmware to the kernel 5.10 at least: sudo rpi-update and reboot.
  • Enable Full KMS OpenGL settings in sudo raspi-config. Launch the utility, go to 6 Advanced Options, then GL Driver, then select GL (Full KMS) and reboot. Check this link for more information on the configuration process.

If done correctly, /boot/config.txt should contain the following uncommented line near the end:


Then you are good to go. Two scripts are provided: ossia-score-x11 and ossia-score-eglfs.

  • ossia-score-x11 is for running under the normal desktop environment of the Pi.
  • ossia-score-eglfs will run the graphics pipeline full-screen, bypassing the desktop environment entirely, which can be much more efficient - you don’t even need to run X11 that way. But it is mostly useful in player mode, not for the score edition as there won’t be any window borders / chrome.

Note that we recommend not using the default Pi desktop environment: in our testing, switching to a lighter environment such as i3wm or fluxbox instead of the default Pi desktop made a large difference in performance and drop-outs for the scores.

Configuring the resolution under EGLFS

  • First create a config.json file with the following content:
  "device": "/dev/dri/card0",
  "pbuffers": true,
  "outputs": [
      /* change to HDMI2 depending on the used output */
      "name": "HDMI1",
      /* refresh rate can be specified with 1920x1080@60 for instance */
      "mode": "1280x720"
  • Then set the following environment variables before running ossia-score-eglfs:
export QT_QPA_EGLFS_KMS_CONFIG=$PWD/config.json

Building for the Raspberry Pi (Raspbian)

They will produce binaries optimized for Pi 4, and that will also work on Pi 3.

Arch Linux ARM

Experimental builds have been confirmed to work on Arch Linux ARM. The simplest is to use the AUR package ossia-score.


Some features are currently disabled – namely, VST3 support as there aren’t many Linux ARM VST3s.

Performance optimization

  • If possible do not use PulseAudio but instead use ALSA directly.
  • If possible use a RT kernel.
  • If possible run with as few processes as possible - if you can avoid running any desktop environment / X11 / Wayland it will be faster.