Recommended Downloads – Latest Version of Audacity

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    • Audacity 2.2.2 installer (19.31 MB, includes help files) – Recommended for most users.
    • Audacity 2.2.2 zip file (11.42 MB) – smaller download (without help files), also useful if you cannot run the installer because of restricted permissions
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    • System Requirements

Optional Downloads

Plug-ins and Libraries

Alternative Download Links

  • OldFoss hosts the current Audacity version and all previous versions from 2.1.2 onwards.
  • 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.  These are alpha builds from latest development code. Your help in testing and reporting bugs in these builds is invaluable. Note: These builds are less reliable than official releases. They should not be used as your production version of Audacity.
  • Download links on FossHub for Windows Nightly Zip packages.

System Requirements

Read about Audacity on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista – 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

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 2000 and XP see Legacy Windows Downloads.

Free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.