Oct 14, 2011

How to run Guitar Pro 6.1.0 on Linux

As an amateur electric bass player, I am a huge fan of Guitar Pro. Version 6 natively runs on GNU/Linux, but has many issues. Moreover, starting from the last version (6.1.0), the program won’t run on many distributions (in my case, Archlinux i686). The following should work for any non-Ubuntu distributions (but also for Ubuntu, if they don’t provide the required libraries in a standard installation).

When trying to launch the program using /opt/GuitarPro6/gp-launcher.sh, the following error appears:

That’s because in Archlinux there’s already openssl 1.0.x (currently openssl 1.0.0.e-1). There is an AUR package called openssl-compatibility but it does not provide the right minor version. Libcrypto 0.9.8 is required, we do not know which minor version.
This is what happens if you install it:

That’s annoying. I thought that, being Guitar Pro built for Ubuntu Linux, the current Ubuntu Natty libssl 0.9.8 would have worked. It did. Download that DEB package, uncompress it, extract the contained data.tar.gz archive and enter the extracted lib/ directory

In this directory you will find the required files:

  • libcrypto.so.0.9.8
  • libssl.so.0.9.8

Move them to the /usr/lib/ folder. That’s it, Guitar Pro 6.1.0 will start and everything will be fine.
Please note that this tutorial was for 32 bit architecture. It may work for 64 bit but download the appropriate libraries for your CPU architecture.

written by dgraziotin

Dr. Daniel Graziotin received his PhD in computer science, software engineering at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. His research interests include human aspects in empirical software engineering with psychological measurements, Web engineering, and open science. He researches, publishes, and reviews for venues in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and psychology. Daniel is the founder of the psychoempirical software engineering discipline and guidelines. He is associate editor at the Journal of Open Research Software, academic editor at the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal, and academic editor at the Open Communications in Computer Science journal. He is the local coordinator of the Italian Open science local group for the Open Knowledge Foundation. He is a member of ACM, SIGSOFT, and IEEE.

  • Peter Wojtasik Jul 12, 2013 Reply

    Hi, I am running ubuntu 13.04, I downloaded Guitar pro 6 for linux. I extracted all the files as It would not install and so I checked your artical. The question I have is how do I extract data.tar.gz? I tried looking for it in terminal but it says no file or directory, is this because guitar pro is not installed but merely downloaded? I tried to install with ubuntu software centre, but just get error message ERROR file dependancy problem or words of that description.could you help?

    • dgraziotin Jul 12, 2013 Reply

      Hi. To extract a .deb file you should use the

      command, as it is written near then end of the article. The data.tar.gz will come out from the .deb file together with other stuff. That one is decompressed with


      Hopefully the other instructions are still working as the article is quite old now.

  • Peter Wojtasik Jul 12, 2013 Reply

    Hi tried that it just comes back with no file or directory found or does not exist, so not sure
    what to do now. when i type ar it does something if I then type in the rest of the command it just comes up with the message i said above and if I type as you suggest as one full command, same result. Could it be that because it is not fully Installed or are you suggesting that what you describe in your post is the actual installation process?

    • dgraziotin Jul 12, 2013 Reply

      In order to make those commands work, you have to be in the same directory where the downloaded package is.
      Assuming that the package is in your Downloads folder, you should first

      . Then, issue the commands as stated in the tutorial.

      Before trying, let me ask you this: is Guitar Pro still not working as it is on GNU/Linux?
      I wrote this article quite 2 years ago. I am not using Guitar Pro since a lot of time. I would assume that they fixed the bug and that the software works as it is when you download it.

  • Peter Wojtasik Jul 13, 2013 Reply

    Hi, First of all, I would just like to thank you for your replies. It is very good of you to help me. To answer your questions concerning Guitar Pro 6, No they have not fixed any problems that apply to the linux version of the application.This is a shame since it is quite a good program. I am using ubuntu 13.04, I did as you suggested and used cd ~/downloads and the command line shows deprima@deprima-K53U:~/Downloads$ (the dollar sign is just a single stroke) If i then type ar it shows the commands for this and shows the supported targets. It also says there is no emulation. If I use their command to Extract which is x[o] followed by the path (which I am not sure i have done correctly), it says no such file/ directory or it says command not found.
    If I enter the command as you have written it just says the same thing. If possible could you please Give me a step by step instruction for this, my use of command line is extremely limited as I was a Windows user for a long time and only switched to linux last work. If this is better done by email then I would be quite willing to use this.
    Thanks for all your help

    • dgraziotin Jul 16, 2013 Reply

      Hi Peter. What version of Ubuntu 13.04 are you using, the one for 32-bit or the one for 64-bit CPUs? You find it out using the


  • Ashish Jul 23, 2016 Reply

    This works like cake on Fedora 23. Thank you!

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