PPA Updated for Audacity 2.1.1, Added Ubuntu 15.10 Support

July 22, 2015 — 9 Comments


The 2.1.1 release of Audacity audio editor and recorder was released more than a week ago with some new features and fixes. Now it’s ready in PPA for Ubuntu users (unofficial).

Release highlights of Audacity 2.1.1:

  • The most visible new feature is scrubbing and seeking, including backwards play. Updates to Quick-Play also help with finding a precise position in the audio.
  • You can now install plug-ins without restarting Audacity or add and remove any effect or generator from the menus.
  • Over 50 bugs have been addressed with this release. Edits are now processed much faster in longer projects of a few hours duration.
  • Effects now have presets. A new Limiter replaces the Hard Limiter effect. There’s a new version of Vocal Removal, a cross-fade effect for combining clips on the same track and ‘classic filters’ available as an opt-in effect.
  • There’s also been lots of work behind the scenes, including VI usability enhancements and upgrade to new libraries.

For more, see the wiki page.


How to Install Audacity 2.1.1 in Ubuntu:

The 2.1.1 release is available in PPA for Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 and their derivatives. Due to the old libsuil-0-0 library, Ubuntu 12.04 is excluded but the 2.1.0 release is available.

1. To add the PPA repository, open terminal from the Dash, Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity


2. After adding the PPA, you can install/upgrade the editor either via below commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install audacity

or by using Software Updater if you’ve a previous release installed:


Hope this helps those who are not good at compiling from source tarball.

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9 responses to PPA Updated for Audacity 2.1.1, Added Ubuntu 15.10 Support

  1. Unfortunately, for me at least, Audacity will not start. Fails silently via command line also.

    Not sure if it is related to the kernel update installed this morning or the PPA installed at the same time.

    Ubuntu 15.04 Kernel 3.19.0-23-generic

  2. Hi,
    Thank you for this PPA!! I have the 2.0.5 and I’ve been trying to compile 2.1.1 and I keep getting errors. It’s working great now! Thanks again!!! And more power to you ;-)

  3. Reloaded 2.1.0 and runs perfectly. Not sure what it is with my system but 2.1.1 just won’t start. Like @AQ thanks for the work on this.

  4. I made the unfortunate mistake of upgrading to 15.10 from 15.04 and now have a dependencies issues.

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    audacity : Depends: libflac++6 (>= 1.3.0) but it is not installable
    Depends: libportsmf0 but it is not installable
    Depends: libvamp-hostsdk3 but it is not installable

    I appear to have

    • @Shawn, thanks for reporting. I’ve updated the 15.10 build with new libraries names. Please reinstall it from PPA and tell me if it works

  5. Thanks, I’m a linux mint user, its work on Linux mint rafaela.

  6. It doesn’t work out of the box in Ubuntu 14.04. It just says this in console and then returns to the prompt with a exit error 255:

    $ audacity

    (process:4818): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: Attempt to add property GnomeProgram::sm-connect after class was initialised

    (process:4818): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: Attempt to add property GnomeProgram::show-crash-dialog after class was initialised

    (process:4818): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: Attempt to add property GnomeProgram::display after class was initialised

    (process:4818): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: Attempt to add property GnomeProgram::default-icon after class was initialised
    $ echo $?

    Deleting ~/.audacity-data and ~/.audacity-files fixed the problem.

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