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Audacity – free and open source, multi-platform and easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder


Recording. Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from other media.

  • Device Toolbar manages multiple recording and playback devices;
  • Level meters can monitor volume levels before, during and after recording. Clipping can be displayed in the waveform or in a label track;
  • Record from microphone, line input, USB/Firewire devices and others;
  • Timer Record and Sound Activated Recording features;
  • Dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings;
  • Record at very low latencies on supported devices on Linux by using Audacity with JACK;
  • Record at sample rates up to 192,000 Hz (subject to appropriate hardware and host selection). Up to 384,000 Hz is supported for appropriate high-resolution devices on Windows (using WASAPI), Mac OS X, and Linux;
  • Record at 24-bit depth on Windows (using Windows WASAPI or Windows DirectSound host), Mac OS X or Linux (using ALSA or JACK host);
  • Record multiple channels at once (subject to appropriate hardware).

Export/Import. Import, edit, and combine sound files. Export your recordings in many different file formats, including multiple files at once.

  • Import and Export WAV, AIFF, MP3, AU, FLAC and Ogg Vorbis files;
  • Import and export all formats supported by libsndfile such as GSM 6.10, 32-bit and 64-bit float WAV, RF64, and U/A-Law;
  • Import MPEG audio (including MP2 and MP3 files) using libmad;
  • Import raw (headerless) audio files using the “Import Raw” command;
  • Create WAV or AIFF files suitable for burning to audio CD;
  • Import and export Opus, AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC) and WMA with the optional FFmpeg library (this also supports import of audio from video files).

Sound Quality:

  • Audacity supports 16-bit, 24-bit and 32-bit (floating point) samples (the latter is Audacity’s default setting and preserves samples in excess of full scale);
  • Sample rates and formats are converted using high-quality resampling and dithering;
  • Tracks with different sample rates or formats are converted automatically in real time;
  • These settings can be managed in Quality preferences.


  • Support for LADSPA, LV2, Nyquist, VST and Audio Unit effect plugins;
  • Effects written in the Nyquist programming language can be easily modified in a text editor – or you can even write your own plugin;
  • Experimental Modules that extend the functionality of Audacity.


  • Easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete;
  • Find the spot to edit easily with scrubbing and seeking or Timeline Quick-Play;
  • Unlimited sequential Undo (and Redo) in the session to go back any number of steps;
  • Edit and mix large numbers of tracks;
  • Multiple clips are allowed per track;
  • Label tracks with selectable Sync-Lock Tracks feature for keeping tracks and labels synchronized;
  • Draw Tool to alter individual sample points;
  • Envelope Tool to fade the volume up or down smoothly;
  • Automatic Crash Recovery in the event of abnormal program termination.


  • Generate tones, silence, noise, instruments or rhythm track;
  • Change the pitch without altering the tempo;
  • Change the tempo without altering the pitch;
  • Noise Reduction to remove static, hiss, hum or other constant background noises;
  • Alter frequencies with Equalization, Bass and Treble, High-Pass, Low-Pass and Notch Filter effects;
  • Filter a frequency selection created in Spectrogram view or Spectral Selection Toolbar using spectral edit effects;
  • Adjust volume with Compressor, Amplify, Normalize, Fade In/Out, Studio Fade Out, Crossfade Clips, Crossfade Tracks and Adjustable Fade effects;
  • Reduce or Isolate Vocals given suitable stereo tracks (vocal reduction produces a stereo result);
  • Create voice-overs for podcasts or DJ sets using Auto Duck effect;
  • Other built-in effects include: Distortion, Echo, Limiter, Paulstretch (extreme stretch), Phaser, Reverb, Reverse, Truncate Silence, Wahwah.

  • Analysis and visualization tools to analyze audio, or other signal data.

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The software Audacity is available for installation on Linux, Windows and macOS.

Installation methodOS
PPAUbuntu* 16.04/18.04/19.04/20.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
DebUbuntu* 16.04/18.04/19.04/20.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
RPMopenSUSE, Rosa Linux, Mageia, ALT Linux, Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and others
SnapUbuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, CentOS, KDE Neon, openSUSE, elementary OS, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
FlatpakUbuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, CentOS, KDE Neon, openSUSE, elementary OS, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
AppImageUbuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS, elementaryOS, Linux Mint and others

*Ubuntu (GNOME), Kubuntu (KDE), Xubuntu (XFCE), Lubuntu (LXDE)

Install Software via PPA repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install audacity

Install Software via Deb package

Install Software via RPM package

Install Software via Snap package

sudo snap install audacity

Install Software via Flatpak package

 flatpak install flathub org.audacityteam.Audacity

Install Software via AppImage package

Install Software via EXE package on Windows

Install Software via DMG package for macOS

Software Information

Language Interface:English, Russian, Deutsch, Spanish, French and others
Description version:3.0.3
Developer:Audacity Team
Programming language:C++
License:GPL v2

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