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We are grateful that volunteers translate Audacity into many different languages. If you would like to help, please join the audacity-translation mailing list, and read the instructions below.

Resources for Translators

Translation Instructions (software)

Normally there will already be a translation for your language of the Audacity software, but often it needs to be updated for the latest changes. To update an existing translation, use the link below to download the .po file for your language:

After clicking the link above, click on the link for the .po file for your language. On the page you come to, right-click "Raw" and then "save target" or "save link as" to download the .po file.

If there is no .po file for your language, create one by downloading the latest "audacity.pot" file instead (it's in the same location). Rename the .pot to "audacity.po" before starting your translation.

Programs for creating and editing .po files:

Basic usage of poEdit:

To test a translation in Audacity:

  1. On Windows, open the "Languages" directory inside the Audacity installation directory, then open the directory with the same name as your .po file. On Mac OS X, right-click or control-click over > Show Package Contents then open the relevant LPROJ directory inside the "Resources" directory. On GNU/Linux, open the relevant "locale" directory in usr/share/ or usr/local/share.
  2. If creating a new translation, create a new directory for your language using the correct language code from For example, the code for Punjabi is "pa", so on Windows, create "Audacity\Languages\pa".
  3. Rename the saved .mo file to "", and paste it into the directory you opened or created.
  4. Open Audacity and in Preferences: Interface, choose your language and click OK. You should now see your translations.

Further information: