Audacity is a free and open-source digital audio editor and recording application software for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Unix-like operating systems such as Fedora Linux. 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 Fedora 37/36/35 Linux desktop with either DNF or Flatpak package manager using the command line terminal with cli commands, along with instructions on how to update and remove the software in the future if required.
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Recommended Steps Before Installation
Before you continue, your system is advised to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid system conflicts.
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y
#1st Method – Install Audacity – Fedora Repo
The first and easiest method to install Audacity is to use the DNF package manager, which can be done using the following command.
sudo dnf install audacity -y
While most users prefer using the native packages to Fedora, for users that prefer using Flatpaks, the following method may suit you better.
#2nd Method – Install Audacity – Flatpack/Flathub
The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager. Flatpak is installed natively on Fedora, should the installation should be straightforward.
First, re-install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously.
sudo dnf install flatpak -y
For users re-installing Flatpak, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues, such as wrong icon paths. This is optional and can be skipped for most users, but if you find problems after the installation, do a quick reboot.
SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.
Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal.
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Next, you can install the Audacity Flatpak with the following command.
flatpak install flathub org.audacityteam.Audacity
If the above command does not work and you receive the “error: Unable to load summary from remote flathub: Can’t fetch summary from disabled remote ‘flathub,” use the following command.
flatpak remote-modify --enable flathub
Once installed, you can proceed to launch.
Launch Audacity on Fedora Linux
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.
Update Audacity on Fedora Linux
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 DNF Method
sudo dnf update --refresh
Update Audacity Flatpak Method
Remove Audacity on Fedora Linux
For users that no longer wish to have Audacity installed on their Fedora system, to remove the software, use one of the removal commands that match your installation; the command will blanket remove the software and any unused dependencies.
Remove Audacity DNF Method
For users that installed the DNF version, remove the application as follows.
sudo dnf autoremove audacity
Remove Audacity Flatpak Method
To remove the Flatpack version, run the following command.
flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.audacityteam.Audacity
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