How to download Audacity, a popular and free audio-editing program, on your Mac or PC

How to download Audacity, a popular and free audio-editing program, on your Mac or PC
It only takes a few clicks to download Audacity.10'000 Hours/Getty Images
  • To download Audacity, you'll just need to head to the Audacity downloading hub, which you can reach through the official Audacity website.
  • There are separate Audacity download files for Mac and PC.
  • Audacity is free to download, but if you like the program, you can donate to the developers.

Audacity is a free, open-source audio editing program for Windows, Mac, and other operating systems. It's one of a few programs for working with multi-track sound, and is a popular choice for podcasters and musicians who don't have the budget for a more advanced audio editor.

Audacity is free to download and use, though development of the program depends in part on donations, so you're encouraged to make a small contribution if you use the program and find it valuable.
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Here's how to download Audacity on your Mac or PC.
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How to download Audacity

Downloading and installing Audacity can be confusing because of the way Audacity's developers have organized the downloads. You can start on Audacity's main download page. This page has quick links to Audacity for Windows and Mac, as well as supplemental information. But you can't actually download anything from here, and you may want to skip this page entirely.
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For detailed download and installation information, go to either the Windows or Mac download pages:
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How to download Audacity, a popular and free audio-editing program, on your Mac or PC
Each download page offers its own instructions on how to download Audacity.William Antonelli/Business Insider

In both cases, when you're ready to actually download the program, you'll be sent to the download hub for Audacity. Here's where you'll find the actual installer links for Windows and Mac.

Beware: There's usually a large ad at the top of the hub with a prominent "download" button. This isn't the Audacity download button, so don't click it. Instead, look at the files below it and click the version you want to install (either "Audacity Windows Installer" or "Audacity macOS DMG"). That download file will save to your computer, where you can then run the installer and start using Audacity.
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How to download Audacity, a popular and free audio-editing program, on your Mac or PC
This hub page is where you'll find the installers for Windows, Mac, and other versions of Audacity.Dave Johnson/Business Insider
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