How to Install Ardour 4 in Ubuntu 14.04

Last updated: May 16, 2015


Ardour, free digital audio workstation application, has reached the 4.0 release for almost one month. The new release brings many technical improvements, as well as new features and over a thousand bug fixes.

Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application intended to be suitable for professional use. The 4.0 release has vastly reduced the memory consumption, brings better OS X support, updated user interface, JACK is no longer required, though it’s still usable with Ardour. For more changes, see the official news page.


How to Install Ardour 4 in Ubuntu 14.04:

There’s finally a PPA repository that contains the Ardour 4 packages for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. To add the PPA, and install/upgrade the software, run below commands one by one in a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dobey/audiotools

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ardour

Or you can directly download the .deb installer from the PPA page.

For help, please go to Ardour forums.


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7 responses to How to Install Ardour 4 in Ubuntu 14.04

  1. hey, ardour is not FREE !!!

    • I’ve been using since version 2 and always have used for free until you get the option to download the source code, because you say that is not free?

    • The developers are asking for financial support to be able to do full time development on ardour. But the software indeed is free.

  2. It’s licensed under GPLv2.
    Why do you not think that this is free?

  3. he’s just trolling out of ignorance! and even if it wouldn’t be for free, I’d pay anyway for this great program!
    everybody should support projects like Ardour in the open source world!

  4. He’s not trolling, Ardour 4 is not free, you can install it but after a few days you’re asked to pay for it. Out of experience !

    • Ardour 4 is free, but it can depend on how you install it. I don’t like the way its developers ask for financial support, because it is confusing (and people then think it is not free).