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This simple tutorial shows how to install the latest Audacity 2.4.2 via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and Linux Mint 20.

Audacity audio editor 2.4.x was missing from the unofficial PPA for a few months, due to build system change and my poor debian packaging skill.

According to the Privacy Notice, Audacity higher than v3.0.2 now requires network connection for checking updates and error reporting.

Since the upstream maintainer has built the 2.4.2 package for Debian unstable and Ubuntu 20.10, backports for Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 18.04 now are here for you!

Note the package is built against system’s wxWidgets 3.0.x, while Audacity team recommends to use the patched 3.1.x. The PPA package seems working good, though I’m not an audio editor.

And I offer no warranty for the packages in PPA. Use it at your own risk!

How to Install Audacity 2.4.2 via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04:

Open terminal either from system application menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When terminal opens, run following commands one by one:

1.) Run command in terminal to add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

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

2. If you have a previous version installed, you can upgrade Audacity via Software Updater after adding the PPA.

upgrade audacity

or run following commands one by one to check updates and install (or upgrade) audacity 2.4.2:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install audacity


To remove the PPA repository, launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to ‘Other Software’ tab. Or simply run command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

To remove Audacity audio software, either use system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove audacity audacity-data

Audacity Audio Editor 2.1.2 Released [Ubuntu PPA]

Last updated: January 22, 2016


Audacity, a free and open-source digital audio editor, has recently reached the 2.1.2 release with wxWidgets 3.x stability, which fixes many bugs in Audacity on Linux.

Audacity 2.1.2 brings several improvements to the spectrogram view of tracks which are particularly valuable for vocal work. Thanks to Paul Licameli.

  • New option ‘Spectral Reassignment’. This algorithm deduces a ‘finer’ spectrogram.
  • Improvements to Pitch (EAC) – cleaner (sharper) display.
  • Spectrogram Settings are now available per-track.

audacity 2.12

How to Install Audacity 2.1.2 in Ubuntu:

For those who don’t want to build Audacity from the source, I’ve uploaded this release into PPA, available for Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and their derivatives, e.g., Linux Mint 17.x and Elementary OS Freya.

1. Add PPA

Open terminal from Unity Dash, Application Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

Type in your password (no visual feedback just type in mind) when it asks and hit enter to continue.

audacity ppa

2. Install/upgrade Audacity.

Have a previous release installed? Launch Software Updater and upgrade the software after checking for updates:

upgrade Audacity 2.1.2

3. (Optional)For any reason you may remove PPA by launching Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab, and remove Audacity via Software Center or Synaptic.

For more help, please go to Audaticy Forum.


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.


A new stable release of the free and open-source Audio Editor and Recorder, Audacity 2.1.0, was announced a few days ago.

The new release brings Real-Time Preview feature and lots of improvements and bug fixes. Here’s the release highlights:

  • For a long time, we have wanted Real-Time Preview for effects. It seemed nearly unachievable without major restructuring. But with Audacity 2.1.0, we have it in LADSPA, VST, and Audio Unit (OS X) effects! Thanks to Leland Lucius for these great new capabilities!
  • Much improved Noise Reduction effect replaces Noise Removal. Thanks to new contributor Paul Licameli!
  • Lots of other improvements to effects, also thanks to Leland, including:
    • VST: FXB preset banks, hosting multiple plugins
    • All effects can now be used in Chains, and can be sorted on name, publisher, or class.
    • Most Nyquist effects now have Preview button.
  • Redesigned Meter Toolbars show a lot more information in smaller area. Thanks, Leland Lucius and James Crook!
  • Spectral Selection in Spectrogram view. Thanks to Paul Licameli!

For more details, see the release note.

Audacity 2.1.0 in Ubuntu

Install / Upgrade to Audacity 2.1.0 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

Since Audacity Team only provides an daily build PPA with latest development packages and Ubuntu repositories still provide old versions in Software Center, I’ve uploaded Audacity 2.1.0 into this PPA.

So far, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Linux Mint 13 and 17 are supported.

Update: PPA updated with the 2.1.1 packages for 15.10, 15.04, and 14.04! Ubuntu 12.04 is excluded due to the old libsuil library.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal from the Dash, Menu, or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

2. After adding the PPA, you can upgrade the editor using Software Updater (or Updater Manager).

Or just run below commands one by one in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install audacity

For issue and help, please use Audacity Forum.