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How to Install Audacity on Chromebook

Audacity has turned out to be one of the best free audio editing software available for Mac, Linux, and Windows. Now, it is also available for your Chromebook. Installing Audacity on a Chromebook can seem like a daunting task, but with a few simple steps, you can have the popular audio editing software up and running in no time.

Audacity is a free, open-source digital audio editor that allows users to record, edit, and manipulate audio files. However, it is not natively supported on Chromebooks. Recently ChromeOS has added Linux support to Chromebooks. Using it you can install a Linux desktop application. To find out how to install Audacity on your Chromebook, read till the end.

How to Install Audacity on Chromebook

First, make sure that your Chromebook is running the latest version of Chrome OS. After that, you have to enable the Linux development environment on your Chromebook. Once done, you can install any Linux desktop application on your Chromebook.

We already have a detailed guide on; how to install a Linux development environment on your Chromebook. You can follow the linked guide.

Once; you have enabled it, you can follow the following steps to install Audacity on your Chromebook:

Step 1: Click on the App Launcher icon and look for the Linux apps folder. Then open the “Terminal” to install Linux apps on your Chromebook.

Accessing Terminal from the Linux Apps Folder on Chromebook

Step 2: If you did not get the terminal command, click on the penguin option. Now, it should open the terminal.

Highlighted Penguiun Option on the Linux Terminal

Step 3: Here, run the below terminal commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install audacity

After that, you will get a question; “Do you want to continue?”. Here, press the Y key to continue the installation process.

Running Terminal Command to Install Audacity on Chromebook

Step 4: Now, wait for the installation process to complete. Once; the app is successfully installed, it will get added to the Linux apps folder. From here, you can open the Audacity application.

Audacity on Chromebook on the Linux Apps Folder

Note:- If you encounter any issues during installation, try running the command “sudo apt-get -f install” before attempting the installation again. This command will fix any broken dependencies.

How to Use Audacity on Chromebook

Once; you have installed Audacity on your Chromebook, you have to enable microphone permission on your Linux environment. Because Audacity requires microphone permission to record the audio. To do so, You can follow the below steps:

Step 1: Click on the “App Drawer” icon and open the “Settings” application.

Accessing Settings from the App Drawer

Step 2: On the settings window, select the “Advanced” option and click on the “Developers” option. Then click on the “Linux development environment” option.

Accessing Linux Development Environment Settings on Chromebook

Step 2: Here, you will find Linux development environment settings. Now, “Turn On” the toggle; allow Linux to access your microphone, as Audacity requires microphone permission.

Turning ON Microphone Settings

Step 3: You will get a popup window saying: “The change in microphone setting requires Linux to shut down. Shut down Linux to proceed.” Here, click on the “Shut Down” button.

Pop-up Window with Cancel and Shut Down buttons

After that, you are ready to use Audacity on your Chromebook. Using it, you can record, edit and tweak your audio.


That’s it; this is how you can install Audacity on Chromebook. If you don’t want to use the Linux terminal to install the Linux application, you can install Snap Store and Flatpak. There are similar to the Google Play Store, used to install Linux applications. You also can check out our Chromebook troubleshooting guide if you are new to Chromebook and Chrome OS. 

I hope this Chromebook guide was helpful to you. If you liked the article, share it with your friends. If you have some suggestions or doubts, do not hesitate to leave them in the comments section. We are always there to assist you.

Ajoy Kumar
Ajoy Kumarhttps://thechromeguide.com
I love using Chromebook. So, I created TheChromeGuide.com to share my knowledge of ChromeOS, Chrome and Chromecast.
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