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Audacity 2.2.0 Released

November 2nd, 2017: Audacity 2.2.0 Released

Audacity 2.2.0 replaces all previous versions.

New in Audacity 2.2.0:

Major new features – see updated manual for details:

  • Four supplied user interface themes, and customizability of themes for advanced users (thanks to James Crook and the Dark Audacity project)
  • Playback of MIDI files (fully automatic on Windows; requires cooperating software synthesizer programs on macOs or Linux; special thanks to Audacity co-founder Roger Dannenberg and new contributor “pokechu22”)
  • Better organized menus (James)
  • Help link buttons in many dialogs lead to the relevant manual pages (James Crook and Steve Daulton)

Changed in Audacity 2.2.0:

  • Thorough update of the manual with new images, more hover texts, and more cross-references
  • 198 bugs/annoyances in 2.1.3 fixed, most importantly:
  • Improved recovery from full file system errors; in case of recording, Audacity 2.2.0 will preserve as much of the recorded data as possible
  • Complete support for macOS 10.12 (Sierra) correcting the problems that were in 2.1.3
  • Fuller details on the changes since 2.1.3 can be found in the 2.2.0 Release Notes.

Thanks to all involved in making this release, especially translators and testers who don’t normally get enough thanks for the work they do.

Audacity 2.2.0 Release Candidate

Release candidate for Audacity 2.2.0 available

As the release of Audacity 2.2.0 draws nearer, a new release candidate “RC1” is now available for testing for Windows, Mac and GNU/Linux. Please visit to download.

Please note that release candidates are not intended for production work, but experienced users are invited to help us test this pre-release version. Bug reports for RC1 may be posted to the Audacity Forum.

Please note that we do not provide technical support via email.  Support questions should be posted to the Audacity Forum.

NOTE:  Some unannounced release candidate versions were briefly available and downloaded before this date.  They also identify themselves as version 2.2.0 in the welcome dialog, but they differ in build id.

The build id of this release candidate is 58f07d.  This can be verified in the Windows and Mac binaries if you open the About Audacity… dialog, then select the Build Information tab, and scroll to the bottom.