Recommended Downloads - Latest Version of Audacity
Audacity 2.0.5 installer (.exe file, 21.2 MB, including help files) for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
Audacity 2.0.5 zip file (8.2 MB) for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 - Use this if you want a smaller download (without help files), or cannot run the installer because of restricted permissions.
Known Issue: On a very few machines, launching Audacity may give a configuration error. This is a Microsoft issue which can be solved by installing the appropriate 32-bit or 64-bit Microsoft Redistributable Package.
Plug-ins and Libraries
LADSPA plug-ins 0.4.15 installer (.exe file, 1.5 MB) - Contains over 90 plug-ins.
Plug-Ins - Download additional effects and filters.
LAME MP3 encoder - Allows Audacity to export MP3 files.
FFmpeg import/export library - Allows Audacity to import and export many additional audio formats such as AC3, AMR(NB), M4A and WMA, and to import audio from video files.
Alternative Download Links
If you have trouble with your download, or need an older version of Audacity, try:
Audacity Nightly Builds
For advanced users, Nightly Builds for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 are available for testing purposes. "Nightly Builds" are Alpha builds from latest development code. Your help in testing and reporting bugs in these builds is invaluable. Note: These builds will definitely be less reliable than official releases. They should not be used as your production version of Audacity.
The values in the "Recommended RAM/processor speed" column below are for tasks like recording for an hour, or editing three 20-minute tracks simultaneously. The values in the "Minimum RAM/processor speed" column will be fine for smaller/shorter tasks, especially if unnecessary programs are closed.
|Windows version||Recommended RAM/
|Windows 7 (64-bit)/ Windows 8 (64-bit)||4 GB / 2 GHz||2 GB / 1 GHz|
Windows Vista (Home Premium/Business/Ultimate) (32- or 64-bit)/
Windows 7 32-bit (except Windows 7 Starter) / Windows 8 (32-bit)
|4 GB / 2 GHz||1 GB / 1 GHz|
|Windows Vista (Home Basic) (32- or 64-bit)/Windows 7 Starter||2 GB / 1 GHz||512 MB / 1 GHz|
|Windows 2000/ XP (32- or 64-bit)||512 MB/1 GHz||128 MB/300 MHz|
Generally, Audacity works best on computers meeting more than the minimum requirements in the table above. Where Audacity is to be used for lengthy multi-track projects, we recommend using Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 running on machines of substantially higher specification than the minimum stated above.