How to Install Audio Recorder in Ubuntu 18.04, 19.10

Last updated: October 29, 2019

This quick tutorial shows how to install ‘Audio Recorder’, a simple lightweight audio recording utility, in all current Ubuntu releases.

Though there are a few audio recording apps available in Ubuntu Software, Audio Recorder is a good choice that features:

  • small and lightweight.
  • Record audio from system’s soundcard, microphones, Rhythmbox player, webcams & more.
  • Built-in timer
  • Output format support: OGG, M4A, FLAC, MP3, WAV, SPX.

Although Audio Recorder is available in Ubuntu Software via Snap package (runs in sandbox), it’s large in file size and not working very well.

To install the native Ubuntu .deb package, do following steps one by one:

1.) Open terminal from application menu, then run command to add the official PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:audio-recorder/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts, and hit Enter to continue.

2.) After adding the PPA, run command to install the recorder:

sudo apt install audio-recorder

For Linux Mint, you may run sudo apt update before this command.

Uninstall Audio Recorder:

To remove the PPA, open Software & Updates utility and navigate to ‘Other Software’ tab. Then choose the repository line and remove it.

To remove the audio recorder, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove audio-recorder


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6 responses to How to Install Audio Recorder in Ubuntu 18.04, 19.10

  1. First time I ran audio-recorder, everything was fine. but the second time, it didn’t start.

    When I start it through the commandline, I get this message:

    Segmentation fault (core dumped)

    Somebody here seems to have fixed it, but I don’t understand how, it, the lingo is hard get through:.

  2. I get this error on Ubuntu 18.04
    GLib-GIO-ERROR **: 18:27:04.154: Settings schema ‘’ is not installed

  3. Martin Bironga May 29, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Thanks for the tutoriatl

  4. Excellent

  5. The audio is saved under home/Audio just in case if you wonder where the recorded audio is going.

  6. It’s not working