Last Updated on June 15, 2022.
A couple weeks back I was trying to find free MIDI files simply to try out a couple different plugins and see how they worked.
Needless to say, it took me a lot longer than expected since many of the sites I found either wanted me to register, pay, or jump through loads of other hoops in order to download just a single MIDI file.
This is why I took some time to research the best websites that allowed me to download MIDI files completely for free.
Now, so that you don’t have to go through the same ordeal as me, here’s a list of the best websites where you can download free MIDI files and loops.
The 5 Best Websites for Free MIDI Files are;
|MIDIWorld||10.000||All Genres with more Pop, Rock & Jazz files.|
|Carlo’s MIDI||400||All Genres|
|Midis Free||100.000+||All Genres|
Since we’re on the topic of downloading free files, you should read my article on the top websites for downloading royalty-free music (some of them are 100% free, some others require attribution or payment).
BitMidi is probably the best-known website to download Free MIDI files.
They have loads of songs in a wide range of genres; From electronic to rock, pop and country, all the way to classic.
If you’re looking for the themes of any Nintendo game like Mario, or for songs like bohemian rhapsody, Africa by Toto, the themes of almost any movie or TV Show, BitMidi has got you covered.
In fact, they provide over 113.224 MIDI files which were curated by volunteers around the world.
You can play the file right there on the website to check if it’s really the one you’re looking for and then simply download it with one click… It’s that easy.
No registration- or jumping through any sort of hoops required.
Additionally, there’s no limit on the number of files you can download each day.
Check out BitMidi.com here.
Related: Also make sure to check out my list of the best websites to learn to play the guitar.
MidiWorld is very similar to BitMidi in the sense that you don’t need to register in order to download the files and they don’t put a limit on the number of files you can download.
The Website looks a bit old, but it works just fine and it does offer roughly 10.000 MIDI files; I couldn’t find the precise information so I calculated how many they had myself and came to that rough estimate.
The only downside is that you can’t play the files before you download them.
Now, MidiWorld has mostly Pop, Rock, Classical and Jazz MIDI files available which are all from the public domain, meaning that none of those files have copyright and you can use them for whatever project you like, even your YouTube videos.
However, this means that these files tend to be pretty old.
Still, it’s a fantastic resource which you should definitely check out.
Check out MidiWorld.com here.
This website offers over 25.000 MIDI files, which isn’t as high as what BitMIDI has to offer, but it’s certainly a lot!
And since most of them were created for commercial material (Video games, commercials, etc.), this means that you won’t be able to find the files available on this website almost anywhere else.
You can download both the MIDI and the MP3 file, which is converted directly from the MIDI, as well as play it directly from their website to find out how it sounds.
It even has a “Request MIDI File” rection where you can request a file that’s not already on the website.
Check out FreeMidi.org here.
MIDIs Free is a site that offers over 100.000 free MIDI files that you can download. Over the years, they have compiled all the free MIDI files around the web with the intention of being able to provide them all on a single website.
Even though there are a huge number of files available, it’s not that easy to find them since you can’t browse them by genre, but rather alphabetically. Of course, there’s still the alternative to search via the Artist’s name or song name, but it would be a great addition to the site to be able to view the files by genre.
Lastly, every time you want to download a file you have to wait roughly 15 seconds before it starts.
Check out MIDIs Free here.
Carlos is the man behind this website and he creates all the MIDI files himself.
He even goes as far as to let you request songs and he will try to create the MIDI files for you.
You will be surprised by the huge number of free MIDI files on his website, especially considering that it’s just a single person creating them.
Just like BitMidi and FreeMidi.org, you can play the files directly on the website to see how you like them.
The downloads are completely free and you don’t need to register or anything, plus, if you’re not sure what to download and are just looking for fun songs to get, check out the “Most Downloaded” section to see what other people like.
Lastly, you can subscribe and pay a monthly fee to get early access to MIDI files, access to his discord channel, and more.
Check out Carlo’s Midi Website here.
Partners in Rhyme
Partners in Rhyme offers a huge collection of royalty free MIDI files and also music loops.
These are some of the highest quality files -that are free- that you can find.
You will be able to download loads of files of almost any genre like; classical, reggae, techno, folk, rock, pop, film soundtracks, TV Show themes, and more.
They also offer some premium downloads which actually do cost quite a bit, but the free stuff is pretty damn good.
Note: They retain all the copyright to the files; so, don’t resell them and don’t post them anywhere else for download, however, they do have a Royalty free section.
Check out Partners in Rhyme here.
GrooveMonkee offers a couple free loops from professional MIDI packs which include a wide range of genres.
There’s also a selection of free MIDI bass loops by Alex Evans that also have matching drums, which you can download for completely free!
The only downside here is that you need to register in order to be able to download the files.
Other than that, great website!
Check out GrooveMonkee here.
AT MIDI DB you will be able to find demo songs in MIDI that include all instruments of the song, and you will have access to the typical top 40 hits, as well as rock songs, pop, hip-hop, country, classical music, and many more.
It features a very basic interface with a search bar that allows you to search by artist, genre, or title of the song, but that’s about it.
Additionally, they also offer a paid service (MIDI.com.au) where you will have access to more MIDI files as well as backing tracks, but these aren’t free and about $4 per song.
Check out MIDI DB here.
Nonstop2k.com focuses primarily on electronic dance music MIDI files.
It offers over 11.000 free downloadable files as well as loads of premium ones.
If you’re looking specifically for electric dance music related files like House, Trance, Electro, Dubstep, and other similar genres, then you might want to give this website a try.
Now, while the files are free and you don’t need to register in order to download them, there’s a limit on how many you can download per day.
- No registration: 2 files per day.
- Registered: 5 Files per day.
- Premium account: Unlimited.
They also offer other premium MIDI files, and in order to get those you need to purchase credits.
Note: If you have a premium account you can download premium ones 50 per month.
Check out Nonstop2k here.
If you’re looking for purely heavy-metal style MIDI files, then this is definitely the website for you.
It offers loads of free songs from artists such as Megadeth, Metallica, Pantera, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, and more.
The look of the website is also pretty cool, just saying…
Check out Metal MIDI here.
Instant Drum Patterns
This website offers a total of 460 different drum patterns which you can download for absolutely free.
They all come in a single download file.
This is a good solution to electronic drumming for people who don’t know too much about percussion.
But that’s really it; no other MIDI tracks of other instruments or full songs.
Check out Instant Drum Patterns here.
Here you will find loads of free MIDI drum loops that sound pretty damn good.
You can even download the MP3 version to have a listen before downloading the actual MIDI file, and there’s a section where people showcase the music they created using these loops.
You can also buy the premium Blues & Rock-n-roll library they sell which contains about 52.000 loops, at the price of $25.
I personally haven’t tried the premium version, but the free stuff is definitely worth checking out!
Check out Prosonic-Studios here.
Yes, this website is completely in Russian, but you can use chrome’s built-in translation tool and you should be able to use the website just fine.
It doesn’t require you to create an account or anything, just download the files and that’s it!
Check out MidiMelody.ru here.
Rock, Pop & Progressif MIDI Files
This last addition was actually brought to my attention by the owner of the site in the comment section of this article, and it does feature a multitude of genres and over 4000 MIDI files that you can download for free.
It includes artists such as Queen, David Bowie, Coldplay, and others, and it provides you with a list of all of their albums plus the songs on each of those albums that you can download by simply clicking on the song (no hoops to jump through, which is refreshing to see).
It is worth noting, however, that the site is completely in French, at least the descriptions of the artists & albums are, but the name of the Artists, Albums & Songs are all in English, so they should be easy enough to find!
Check out rppmf.com here.
Listed by Genre
Now I’ll list a couple of the most famous songs of each genre and their links to the websites where you can download the MIDI files for free.
- Aerosmith – Dream On
- Aerosmith – Come Together
- Cars – Let the Good Times Roll
- Cat Stevens – Father and Son
- Def Leppard – Armageddon It
- Def Leppard – Bringing On The Heartbreak
- Doors – Break On Through
- Doors – Love Me Two Times
- Doors – The End
- Eagles – Hotel California
- Bruno Mars – Grenade
- Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song
- Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
- Enya – Memory of Trees
- George Ezra – Budapest
- Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz
- Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
- Imagine Dragons – Demons
- James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
- One Direction – Best Song Ever
- Selena Gomez – Love You Like A Love Song
- The Chainsmokers – Paris
- The Chainsmokers – Setting Fires
R&B, Hip-Hop and Trap
- Kaytranada – You
- Mr. Carmack – Crash (Charms)
- Mr. Carmack – Pay For What
- RL Grime – Aurora
- RL Grime – Neat
- Sam Gellaitry – Shake
- Sam Gellaitry – Dreamscapes
- Zeds Dead & NGHTMRE – Frontlines
- Alan Walker – Faded
- Alan Walker – Sing Me To Sleep
- Calvin Harris – My Way
- Deadmau5 – So There I Was
- Deadmau5 – 2448
- Deadmau5 – No Problem
- Deadmau5 – Hyperlandia
- Deadmau5 – Let Go
- Galantis & Hook N Sling – Love On Me
- Galimatias – Noelle’s Eloquence
- Madeon – Icarus
- Marshmello – Alone
You’ll need a MIDI Controller
In order to be able to use these plugins properly, you will need some sort of MIDI Controller.
While you can use your mouse to map the MIDI in your DAW, it’s a lot faster and easier to do it with a keyboard/controller.
My recommendation here is for you to get something like the M-Audio Oxygen 25 MK IV MIDI Controller which you can find at Amazon at a very affordable price, plus it comes with some extra software like Pro Tools First.
However, every single one of the websites I listed is pretty damn good and all/most of the files are available for free.
I hope this information was useful.
Have a great day!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are MIDI files used for?
Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) is a protocol which allows electronic instruments and other digital musical tools to communicate with each other.
MIDI itself does not make sound, it is just a series of messages that are interpreted by a MIDI instrument which then makes the sound.
Do I need a midi keyboard to produce music?
Even though you don’t need a MIDI keyboard to produce music, it is highly recommended due to how useful and productive they are.
However, you can use your PC’s keyboard instead, but this is far from ideal.