Windows

Windows

Recommended Downloads – Latest Version of Audacity

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    • Audacity 2.1.3 installer (25.9 MB, includes help files)
      SHA256:
            12d83cb444734e3aaba8114115a83f7
      ceaa314d14641cde65b4f35f9847c5e1f
    • Audacity 2.1.3 zip file (11.4 MB) – smaller download (without help files), also useful if you cannot run the installer because of restricted permissions
      SHA256:
            f438e5bd2af5ae1107344d05d34ad4d
      32cdd5e0ab12e175c093713a597057a4f
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    • System Requirements

Optional Downloads

Plug-ins and Libraries

Alternative Download Links

  • Google Code hosts selected previous versions up to and including Audacity 2.0.5.

Nightly Builds

  • For advanced users, nightly builds 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.

System Requirements

Read about Audacity on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista. 2.1.3 is the final version to officially support Windows XP – please see the table at the bottom of this page for details.

Machine requirements

A CPU that supports SSE2 is required (any CPU made after 2003 should support this). Please use the legacy Audacity 2.0.6 version if your machine lacks SSE2 support.

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/
processor speed
minimum RAM/
processor speed
  • Windows 10 (32- or 64-bit)
  • Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (64-bit)
4 GB / 2 GHz 2 GB / 1 GHz
  • Windows 8 (32-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32-bit) (except Windows 7 Starter)
  • Windows Vista (Home Premium/Business/Ultimate) (32- or 64-bit)
4 GB / 2 GHz 1 GB / 1 GHz
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows Vista (Home Basic) (32- or 64-bit)
2 GB / 1 GHz 512 MB / 1 GHz
512 MB/1 GHz 128 MB/300 MHz

Audacity works best on computers meeting more than the minimum requirements stated above. For lengthy multi-track projects, we recommend using machines of substantially higher specification than the minimums.

Older versions of Windows/old hardware

For Windows 98, ME and 2000, also for XP without the final Service Pack see Legacy Windows Downloads.