How to Install Audacity 2.3.0 in Ubuntu 18.10, 18.04, 16.04 - Audacity is a free digital audio editor and recorder for Linux, Mac OS, and Windows developed by a group of volunteers and distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). So, the source code is available for anyone to study or use.

Audacity was started in the fall of 1999 by Dominic Mazzoni and Roger Dannenberg at Carnegie Mellon University and was released on May 28, 2000 as version 0.8.

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The latest stable of Audacity is v2.3.0 that released 4 days ago.

What's New in Audacity 2.3.0

The newest Audacity ships new features, over 90 bugs fixes, and improvements. Refers from its release note, here are the changes :

New Features

  • New feature "Punch and Roll Recording"
  • Pinned-play-head can now be repositioned by dragging
  • Play-at-speed now can be adjusted whilst playing.
  • Toolbars controlling volume and speed can now be resized for greater precision
  • Macros (formerly Chains) substantially extended
  • New Macro palette
  • Macros can be bound to keyboard keys
  • New commands
  • New 'Tools' menu
  • New 'Scriptables' commands
  • Nyquist gains AUD-DO command
  • Nyquist effects are now translatable and translated
  • More dialogs have help buttons now
  • Increased legibility of trackname display
  • Half-wave option for collapsed tracks
  • Sliding Stretch
  • Dialog (option) for entering labels

Bug Fixes

  • Windows: Queen Mary 1.7.1 Vamp plug-ins crash Audacity on opening Plug-in Manager
  • Inconsistent behavior when recording with a selection defined
  • Ctrl + M does not open label for editing
  • Vertical Zoom in by clicking in the vertical Scale, or context menu, in waveform views is inconsistent
  • Deletion of all tracks cannot be undone
  • Timer Record with a selection present can get a truncated recording with data loss
  • Duplicate shortcuts can be created
  • Labels longer than 260 characters are now supported
  • Using Spectrogram Settings in TCP or using Preferences causes Audacity to reset Project Rate to default rate in Quality Preferences
  • Cut Preview should play all selected/sync-locked tracks, respecting Mute/Solo during preview

Installing Audacity 2.3.0 in Ubuntu

You can install Audacity via PPA repository easily. The packages are available for Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish, 18.04 Bionic Beaver, 16.04 Xenial Xerus and derivatives.

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Ubuntu 14.04 doesn't supported due to old libraries (2.1.3 requires GCC >= 4.9).

Well, here are all you need to do :

Step 1 - Open terminal via app launcher or simply press Ctrl+Alt+T :

Open Terminal

Step 2 - Run the command below to add PPA in Ubuntu :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

Type your password (no visual feedback) and press Enter continue

Step 3 - Resynchronize the package index files :

sudo apt-get update

Tip : Ubuntu 18.04 is not required run apt update command since it automatically refresh repository caches after adding PPA

Step 4 - Now run the following command to install / upgrade the Audacity in Ubuntu :

sudo apt-get install audacity

Or launch launch Software Updater if you have installed any previous version.

To remove Audacity, simply run sudo apt-get remove --autoremove audacity audacity-data. For those who use Unity desktop, you may like to watch how to enable Audacity global menu.