How To Install Audacity on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Audacity on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Audacity on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Audacity in addition to allowing us to record multiple audio sources as well can allow us to post-process all types of audio, including podcasts, by adding effects such as normalization, clipping, and fading in and out. Developed by a group of volunteers as open source and offered free of charge. Amazing support community.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Audacity open-source audio editor on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Audacity on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install build-essential

Step 2. Installing Audacity on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install Audacity via PPA repository.

Now add the Audacity PPA repository to your Ubuntu system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

Next, update the package repository to install Audacity:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install audacity

Now we install audacity using Flatpak:

flatpak install flathub org.audacityteam.Audacity
  • Install Audacity via Snap Store.

Audacity is also available from the Snap store. Run the following command to install it:

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install audacity

Step 3. Accessing Audacity on Ubuntu.

After successful installation, you are ready to use it. Simply type ‘audacity‘ on the command line or find the application under Multimedia with your application launcher.

Install Audacity on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Audacity. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Audacity open-source audio editor and recording application software on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Audacity website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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