How to install Audacity on Ubuntu 24.04

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Audacity on Ubuntu 24.04. Audacity is a powerful, free, and open-source digital audio editor and recording application that's widely used by professionals and hobbyists alike.

Why Install Audacity?

Audacity offers a wide range of features for audio editing and production, including:

  • Multi-track editing
  • Live audio recording
  • Converting tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs
  • Cutting, copying, splicing, and mixing sounds together
  • Changing the speed or pitch of a recording
  • And much more!

Installation Process

Installing Audacity on Ubuntu 24.04 is a straightforward process. We'll use the command line interface to install it directly from the official Ubuntu repositories.

Step 1: Open Terminal

First, open your terminal. You can do this by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for "Terminal" in the application menu.

Step 2: Install Audacity

To install Audacity, simply run the following command:

sudo apt install audacity

This command will download and install Audacity along with any necessary dependencies. You'll be prompted to enter your password, and then to confirm the installation by pressing 'Y' and Enter.


After the installation is complete, you can launch Audacity from your application menu or by typing 'audacity' in the terminal.

Tips for Using Audacity

  • Familiarize yourself with the interface. Audacity's layout is intuitive, but it may take some time to learn all its features.
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to speed up your workflow. For example, Ctrl+Z for undo, Ctrl+S for save.
  • Experiment with effects and plugins to enhance your audio.
  • Always work on a copy of your original audio file to avoid accidental changes to your source material.


If you encounter any issues during installation, try the following:

  • Ensure your system is up to date by running sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
  • If Audacity doesn't launch, try reinstalling it with sudo apt install --reinstall audacity
  • Check the official Audacity forums or Ubuntu forums for specific error messages you might encounter

For a visual guide on installing and using Audacity, check out this helpful video:

We hope this guide helps you get started with Audacity on your Ubuntu system. Happy audio editing!