How to install Audacity 3.5.1 on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Audacity 3.5.1 on your Chromebook. Audacity is a powerful, free, open-source audio editing software that can be incredibly useful for various projects, from podcast production to music editing.

Compatibility Notice

Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically for Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU that support Linux Apps. Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, please refer to the video tutorial below. It provides a step-by-step walkthrough of the installation process.

Installation Steps

Follow these steps to install Audacity on your Chromebook:

1. Enable Linux Apps

First, you need to enable Linux apps on your Chromebook if you haven't already:

  1. Go to your Chromebook's System Settings
  2. Click on the "About Chrome OS" section on the left panel
  3. Under the Developer section, choose to set up Linux
  4. Follow the prompts to turn on Linux

2. Run Installation Commands

Once Linux is enabled, open a terminal from your app menu and run the following commands:

1) sudo apt update
2) sudo apt install kmenuedit fuse
3) wget
4) chmod 755 audacity-linux-3.5.1-x64.AppImage
5) ./audacity-linux-3.5.1-x64.AppImage
6) kmenuedit

Let's break down what each command does:

  • Command 1 updates your Linux system's package list
  • Command 2 installs a menu editor and FUSE, which are necessary for running AppImages
  • Command 3 downloads the Audacity AppImage
  • Command 4 makes the AppImage executable
  • Command 5 runs Audacity to ensure it works
  • Command 6 opens the menu editor to create a launcher for Audacity

3. Create a Menu Entry

In the menu editor:

  1. Choose a category for Audacity
  2. Click on "New Item"
  3. Choose a name for the desktop entry
  4. Set the command to the path of the AppImage you downloaded
  5. Save the entry

4. Enable Audio Input

To use Audacity's recording features, you need to enable audio input:

  1. Go to your Linux app settings
  2. Enable the audio input option

Using Audacity

Now that Audacity is installed, you can start using it for your audio projects. Here are a few tips:

  • To import audio files into Audacity, place them in your Linux folder for easy access
  • Exported files will also be saved in your Linux folder
  • Experiment with different effects and tools to enhance your audio


If you encounter any issues during the installation or while using Audacity, try these steps:

  • 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 for the installation

For more detailed information about Audacity and its features, visit the official Audacity website.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on our YouTube video. We're here to help!

Additional Resources

To make the most of your Chromebook experience, check out these helpful links:

We hope this guide helps you successfully install and use Audacity on your Chromebook. Happy audio editing!