Announcement: The Cantus Database will soon move into new, updated software. Testing is underway and our developers are making the final improvements. In order for the manuscript data to be transferred from the current site to the new one, we will be restricting login access beginning on Monday, July 17, 2023. We will launch the new site at DACT Workshop 15 on Monday, July 24, 2023, just prior to the start of the MedRen meeting. The existing site WILL be available for searching and retrieving all current data. We apologize for the inconvenience of not being able to enter new data between July 17-24, and we hope that those of you working on current projects will be able to accommodate this disruption. Please contact us with any questions or concerns (


Cantus is a database of the Latin chants found in manuscripts and early printed books, primarily from medieval Europe. This searchable digital archive holds inventories of antiphoners and breviaries -- the main sources for the music sung in the Latin liturgical Office -- as well as graduals and other sources for music of the Mass.

New phases of the project include adding chant melodies to existing records and indexing other types of chant manuscripts, including processionals, pontificals, and sources that contain sequences.


Cantus Database is a part of the Cantus Index network of manuscript databases.

For our full catalogue of chants as well as access to the integrated network of partner chant databases, see Cantus Index (Catalogue of Chant Texts and Melodies).