How to install Audacity on a Chromebook easily

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Audacity on your Chromebook. Audacity is a powerful, open-source audio editing software that can be incredibly useful for a variety of tasks, from recording podcasts to editing music. By following these steps, you'll be able to harness the full potential of your Chromebook for audio production.


Before we begin, ensure that your Chromebook supports Linux apps (Crostini). Most modern Chromebooks do, but if you're unsure, you can check our list of Chromebooks with Linux Apps support.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

We've prepared a video tutorial to guide you through the process visually. Feel free to follow along with the video or use the written instructions below.

1. Enable Linux Apps on Your Chromebook

If you haven't already enabled Linux apps on your Chromebook, you'll need to do so first:

  1. Go to your Chromebook's Settings
  2. Click on the "Advanced" section in the left panel
  3. Select the "Developers" section
  4. Turn on the "Linux apps" option

2. Install Audacity

Once Linux apps are enabled, open the Linux terminal and enter the following command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install audacity -y

This command updates your package list and installs Audacity in one go. The "-y" flag automatically answers "yes" to any prompts, streamlining the installation process.

Using Audacity on Your Chromebook

After installation, you can launch Audacity from your app drawer. It may take a moment to start up the first time. Audacity offers a wide range of features for audio editing, including:

  • Multi-track recording and editing
  • A variety of audio effects and filters
  • Support for multiple audio formats
  • Noise reduction and audio restoration tools

Experiment with these features to discover how Audacity can enhance your audio projects on your Chromebook.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during installation or while using Audacity:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's software is up to date
  • Restart your Chromebook and try the installation process again
  • Check that you have sufficient storage space available
  • If audio input/output issues occur, verify your Chromebook's audio settings

Additional Resources

To help you get started with Audacity on your Chromebook, here are some useful resources:

We hope this guide helps you successfully install and use Audacity on your Chromebook. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out through the comments section of our YouTube video. Happy audio editing!

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