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chord-parser v0.1.1

Parse guitar chords contained within a string of tablature


Utility for parsing guitar chords contained within a string of tablature. The most common use case is to wrap all chords found within a song in an anchor tag so that their finger chart can be presented in a tooltip.


npm install chord-parser

or if using on the web, grab the dist/chord-parser.min.js file.


var input = '\
 Gsus4                Fsus4 F                     Csus4    C      Gsus4/B     \
e|------------3-------------------1-----|-------1---------------0-----------| \
B|---------3-----3-------------------1--|----------------1------1-------1---| \
G|------5-----------5-----3--2----------|----2--------------0--------------0| \
D|-5-------------------5--3--3----------|-3-----------3-----2---------0-----| \
A|--------------------------------------|----------3---------------2--------| \
E|--------------------------------------|-----------------------------------| ';

// Import chord-parser
var ChordParser = require('chord-parser');

// Create a new ChordParser object with the input string
var tabs = new ChordParser(input);

// Wrap chords found in the string (Gsus4, Fsus4, etc.) with an anchor tag
var wrappedTab = tabs.wrap(function(chord) {
  return '<a href="">' + chord + '</a>';

// Return an array of unique chords found in the string
var uniques = tabs.unique(); // => ['C', 'Csus4', 'F', 'Fsus4', 'Gsus4', 'Gsus4/B'];



Create a new chord parsing object passing in a string of guitar tabs/chords to parse:

var parser = new ChordParser(inputString);

wrap(replacerFn[, options]);

This method calls the function replacerFn for each chord it finds in the input string, passing in the chord in as its only argument. Your wrapper function should return a string to replace the chord with. A modified version of the input string with the transposed replacements is returned.

new ChordParser('Ab C#').wrap(function(chord) {
  return '<a>' + chord + '</a>';

// Return value: '<a>Ab</a> <a>C#</a>'


Return a sorted array of all chords found in the input string.

new ChordParser('Ab C# B C#').all();

// Return value: ['Ab', 'B', 'C#', 'C#']


Return a sorted array of unique chords found in the input string.

new ChordParser('Ab C# B C#').unique();

// Return value: ['Ab', 'B', 'C#']


All methods accept an options object as their last argument (or in unique and all's case, the only argument).

  • ignorecase (boolean) - Whether or not to ignore case sensitivity when searching the string for chords. Defaults to false.


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