How to Install Audacity on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Audacity is a free and open-source digital audio editor and recording application software, available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and other Unix-like operating systems. The software includes many features that allow users to edit and record quickly, mix audio files, and support a variety of audio file formats, as well as VST plug-ins. Audacity also offers several built-in effects that can be applied to audio tracks, such as noise reduction, equalization, and reverb. Audacity is a powerful and versatile tool for anyone who needs to edit or record audio files.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Audacity on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish desktop with APT, Snap, or Flatpak method using the command line terminal and instructions on how to update and remove the software in the future if required.

Update Ubuntu

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid conflicts.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Audacity – APT Method

The first and easiest method to install Audacity is to use the APT package manager.

Install Audacity – Ubuntu Repository Method

For users that prefer using the Ubuntu repository for all software applications when available, use the following command to install the software.

sudo apt install audacity -y

Install Audacity – Snapcraft Method

The second option is to install Audacity as a snap. The Snapcraft package manager should be installed on your Ubuntu desktop unless you have removed it previously and is often the easiest solution to install packages quickly on Ubuntu systems.

For users that removed snapd, re-run the following command.

sudo apt install snapd -y

Once installed, you will need to restart your system, or else the icons may not appear; if you skip a repeat and notice any issues, reboot.


Snap installed? Skip the following few lines and proceed straight to the installation with Snap

Next, some packages come in classic, so you need to create a symlink to enable classic snap support, so it is best to run this command for the best snap compatibility.

sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap

Install the core files to avoid conflicting issues.

sudo snap install core

Next, enter the following snap command to install.

sudo snap install audacity

Install Audacity – Flatpak Method

The third option is to use the Flatpak package manager. Flatpak is not installed natively on Ubuntu 22.04, given Canonical is behind both Ubuntu and Snaps, but it is available to install if you so wish.

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First, install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously.

sudo apt install flatpak -y

For users installing Flatpak for the first time, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues, such as paths not being generated for icons.

sudo reboot


Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal.

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Next, you can install the Audacity Flatpak with the following command.

flatpak install flathub org.audacityteam.Audacity

Once installed, you can proceed to launch.

How to Launch Audacity

Now, the best method to launch Audacity is using the application icon.

Activities > Show Applications > Audacity


Alternatively, you may want to use it for applications quite frequently. Right-click the icon and add it to favorites, making the icons appear on the taskbar.

Once open, you will land at the default application start screen. For first-time users, I would strongly recommend visiting the Audacity Wiki, which has many free resources to help you.


How to Update/Upgrade Audacity

Next are the commands to run in your terminal to check for updates. These commands will blanket check all installed packages on your system that match the installation package manager. Ideally, you should run this regardless, even if auto-updates are set up to ensure your system is up-to-date, and no update errors occur for newer users.

Update Audacity APT Method

sudo apt update

Update Audacity Snapcraft Method

sudo snap refresh

Update Audacity Flatpak Method

flatpak update

How to Remove (Uninstall) Audacity

Remove Audacity APT Method

For users that installed the APT version, remove the application as follows.

sudo apt autoremove audacity --purge -y

Remove Audacity Snapcraft Method

sudo snap remove --purge audacity

Remove Audacity Flatpak Method

To remove the Flatpack version, run the following command.

flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.audacityteam.Audacity -y

Another handy hint can be to use the following command to ensure Flatpak has not left behind any unnecessary packages as it is known to sometimes.

flatpak remove --unused

Comments and Conclusion

Audacity is an excellent audio editing software that can be used to create professional-sounding recordings. The software offers a wide range of features and support for many different audio file formats. Additionally, Audacity also includes several built-in effects that can be used to improve the quality of your recordings. If you’re looking for an easy-to-use audio editor, Audacity is worth checking out.

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