Current Version: 3.1.2

To find out what’s new, visit the releases feed on Github.

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Recommended Download – Latest Version of Audacity

  • Left-click the Audacity .dmg link below to go to the Fosshub download page (where our downloads are hosted).
  • Then left-click the Audacity macOS DMG link to start the download.
  • Once the download has completed to your Downloads folder, Double-click the DMG file to mount it.
  • Drag the icon rightwards onto the “Applications” folder shortcut.
  • You can also drag Audacity out of the DMG to any other location. You need the administrator password to copy Audacity to “Applications”.
  • Launch from /Applications or from your chosen location.
Do not double-click the “” in the DMG window to launch it.
Audacity must not be run from the DMG.
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FFmpeg and 64-Bit

Audacity 3.1.2  for macOS is now a 64-bit application.
If you use the optional FFmpeg library you will need to download the 64-bit versions of it.

Installation of Audacity

      1. Double-click the downloaded DMG to mount it.
      2. Drag the “” icon in the DMG window to the /Applications folder icon on the right. Alternatively, drag the “” icon to any other location of your choosing.
      3. Do not double-click the “Audacity” icon in the DMG to launch Audacity from there.
      4. Eject the DMG at bottom left of Finder, then launch from /Applications or from your chosen location.

Plug-ins:  If you still have an “Audacity” installation folder for a version before 3.1.2, you will see working duplicates of Audacity’s shipped Nyquist plug-ins in the Generate, Effect or Analyze Menu. You may also see non-working duplicates of other previously shipped plug-ins. To clean up the duplicates please see: Installing and updating Audacity on Mac.

Before deleting the Audacity folder from a previous installation, remember to move any optional plug-ins you added to its plug-ins folder to the new Audacity Plug-Ins folder at ~/Library/Application Support/audacity/Plug-Ins.

Optional Downloads

Plug-ins and Libraries
Alternative Download Links
      • OldFoss hosts the current Audacity version and all previous versions from 2.1.2 onwards.

System Requirements

Audacity is for Macs running macOS 11 Big Sur, 10.15 Catalina, 10.14 Mojave and 10.13 High Sierra. On Apple Silicon Macs Audacity runs in Rosetta.

Audacity runs best with at least 2 GB RAM and a 2 GHz processor.

For lengthy multi-track projects, we recommend a minimum of 4 GB RAM and 4 GHz processor.

Older Mac operating systems/PPC Macs

For Mac OS 9 and Mac OS 10.0 through macOS 10.12, legacy Universal binary versions of Audacity with Intel and PPC support are still available.