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Audacity: Downloading & Installing

Audacity, Version: 3.1.3. Be aware that different versions of Audacity will vary in appearance and functionality.

If you’re working on a computer that is already equipped with Audacity, skip this section. Otherwise, use the following instructions to download and install Audacity.

To download and install Audacity:
  1. From a web browser, navigate to
  2. In the panel to the right, select the option for your computer operating system (Windows, macOS). The page will redirect and the download should begin after a few seconds.
  • If prompted, select a storage location, and click "Save."
  • After the download is finished, click the installation file from the bottom of the browser window.
    • Alternatively, navigate to the download location and open the installation file. Check the Downloads folder.
  • Proceed through the installation process.
    • Mac: Double-click the .dmg file. From the new window, drag-and-drop the Audacity icon to the Applications folder. This will install the program. When done, right-click the installer and select "Eject."

    Security Settings (Mac)

    If the installation process gets stopped due to security reasons, adjust the computer’s security settings to make an exception for Audacity.
    To make a security exception on Mac:
    1. Navigate to System Preferences > Security & Privacy.
    2. From the new window, click the Open Anyway button next to “_____ was blocked from opening because it is not from an identified developer” under “Allow apps downloaded from.”
    3. Click Open from the next window to continue installation.

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    Owner:Janelle B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
    Created:2018-09-27 12:05 PDTUpdated:2023-08-04 16:28 PDT
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