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How to download Audacity?

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Audacity is an excellent, open-source, free-to-use audio editing software that blends powerful tools in an easy user interface that even beginners can use without a hiccup. And for this very reason, Audacity is now one of the most popular audio editing tools.

It’s available on all major operating systems, namely Windows, Mac and Linux and has crossed over 100 million downloads.

Over two decades since its original release, Audacity remains free and constantly gets updates for more stability, bug fixes and new features. 

Most of the work is done by volunteers who have been taking the project forward for quite some time now. Users can also help the development process by donating or volunteering to help in tasks like documentation, translations, user support, and even testing new code. 

So in case you need to get your hands dirty working on some audio, you can be pretty sure Audacity is the software to pick. In this article, we’re going over how you can download and set up Audacity on your system, 

It’s recommended to use only the official download files (linked in the guide below) to download Audacity and avoid any unnecessary malware installation alongside.

Also read: How to record desktop audio using Audacity?

Downloading and installing Audacity

Step 1: Head over to the official Audacity website. Hover over the Download tab and pick your operating system of choice.

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Step 2: You’ll be taken to a download page where you’ll see all available downloads and plugins for the latest version of Audacity. There are two files here we need to be concerned about. 

  • Audacity installer: This is the setup file for Audacity and will install the software on your PC just like any other setup file.
  • Audacity zip file: This is a pre-installed version of Audacity compressed in a ZIP archive. It is helpful if you keep moving around your installation. 
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For this article, we’ll go ahead with the setup file. 

Step 3: Clicking on the installer file will take you to FossHub, Audacity’s download partner. Just click on the file you want according to your operating system. 

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Step 4: After downloading the setup file, double-click it to run the setup and proceed as instructed. 

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You’ll be asked to agree to the GPL and set the installation directory. On the last step, click on install and wait for the setup to finish, 

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And that’s all. You’ve installed Audacity on your PC.

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Also read: How to loop on Audacity? 

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: