Audacity: Free Sound Editor and Recording Software

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Windows Beta

Beta version

Audacity 1.3 has become the 2.0 version. Please check its System Requirements.

Please help our development effort by trying the Beta and send us your comments. Please mention your operating system, full details of any problems, and any features that need improvement or no longer work properly. You can install 1.3 and 1.2 on the same machine by installing them to different directories.

Read about Audacity on Windows Vista and 7.

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Optional Downloads

Plug-ins and Libraries

Alternative Download Links

Audacity Zip files and Nightly Builds

System Requirements

Windows 95 and NT are not supported.

System Requirements

Read about Audacity on Windows 8, 7 and Vista.

Windows 10: We are still working on full support. Audacity will work on Windows 10 if all enabled devices have Windows 10-compatible drivers designed for the device. For example, a new computer that came with Windows 10 that only uses the built-in sound device should work fine. You may need to to seek out manufacturers' Windows 10 drivers if you have older or external devices. Please see our Windows 10 page for solutions if you encounter problems.

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 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.