Installation packages for Audacity on GNU/Linux and other Unix-like systems are provided by individual distributions. The following distributions maintain regularly updated Audacity packages:
- SuSE/Open SUSE
- Ubuntu release packages. Note: Ubuntu 2.0.6 releases are built against an incorrect version of wxWidgets. Use a later release version (minimum 2.1.2), or the PPA package below, or build against the older wxWidgets 2.8.12.
- Audacity 2.1.0 and 2.1.2 PPA packages for Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04, 14.10, 15.04 and 15.10 (also Linux Mint 13 and 17). Uninstall any packaged version of Audacity before installing the PPA.
- rpmseek for legacy Audacity packages.
Otherwise, we recommend either searching the web pages of your distribution for the latest information, or compiling Audacity yourself from source code.
Audacity does not run on Chrome OS. Although not officially supported, it is possible in principle to run Audacity on a Chromebook under a Chrome version of Linux Ubuntu.
We recommend using the latest version of GNU/Linux from your distribution that is compatible with your hardware specifications. Audacity will run best with at least 1GB RAM and a 2 GHz processor.
Because Audacity was originally written when computers were less powerful, you may be able to run it on much less powerful hardware too. Simple recording is possible on 700 MHz Raspberry Pi, using a USB Microphone. However, Pi operating systems are not officially supported and Audacity may be less stable on them than on desktop operating systems.