User Manual

Add Songs

There are a variety of ways to import songs into your OnSong library. Choose one from the following options available:


This section gives you the ability to create songs inside of OnSong, or to add existing songs into a book.

  • New Song opens the Template Chooser so you can pick a starting point for creating a song. If no templates are available, OnSong will open the Song Editor with a blank song. Write your song and tap on the Done button to add a newly written song to your library.
  • Existing Songs opens the Pick Songs menu to allow you to select songs to add to the selected book. This only appears if a book is selected from the drawer.


Most songs you add to your OnSong library are done through an import process. From this section, you can browse services such as:

  • Document Scanner is an OnSong Premium feature that lets you use your device's camera to scan paper charts right into your library.
  • Dropbox is a popular cloud-based storage service that works great for importing documents from your computer.
  • File Sharing allows you to import files from your computer using a USB cable and either iTunes software (Window) or the Finder (macOS). File Sharing is not available when running OnSong on a Mac, but you can manually add Documents or Downloads using the + button at the bottom.
  • Files allows you to import files from storage services that are tightly integration with iOS such as those found in the Files app.
  • Google Drive is a popular cloud-based storage service that also supports online document editing.
  • Internet is a source of chord charts for many musicians. When configured, OnSong can search a website for available chord charts. The Add To OnSong Safari extension is the preferred method of importing from multiple websites.
  • Planning Center is a popular church management service that lets you organize music for your team.
  • PraiseCharts gives you access to the PraiseCharts library for chord charts, sheet music, backing tracks, and more.
  • SongSelect is a service from CCLI that provides PDF-based and text-based chord charts and lyrics.
  • WorshipReady.com handcrafts worship chord charts in the OnSong file format. These are available through various subscription tiers depending on the number of chord charts you need each month.
  • WorshipPlanning.com makes planning worship services easy. Import your events, songs and backing tracks easily into OnSong.
  • Other lets you import from other remote sources using standard communication protocols.

You can also add other import sources that are not in this list by tapping on the + button in the lower left corner. Depending on your country, you can add the following:

  • LTC Asaph is a provider of worship chord charts for French-speaking congregations.


While we agree that it's strange to have export features inside of an add songs screen, these are included as a way to export the contents of books. For instance, if you select a book, tapping on one of these options will automatically select all the songs in that book and open the Export or Email screens from the Share Menu.

Context Menu

You can tap and hold (iOS/iPadOS) or right-click (macOS) on an import source to display a context menu to perform additional actions.

  • Remove will remove the import source from the list. This can be added again using the + at the bottom right. Only import sources can be removed.
  • Rename allows you to change the name of an import source.
OnSong 2023 — Last Updated on April 30, 2023