Audacity 2.3.0

Audacity 2.3.0 was released on 29 September 2018.

Size and Checksums

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The 2.3.0 tarball is now marked as 'Experimental'.

After release we found it is not stable, and are investigating.

Bug 1992 is one way to cause the problem.

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Changes and improvements since previous version

Audacity 2.3.0 replaces all previous versions.

  • Over 90 bugs fixed since 2.2.2.

    • Includes fixes to Timer Record, and to 'Envelope Points'.

  • New feature - "Punch and Roll Recording".

  • Toolbars controlling volume and speed can now be resized for greater precision.

  • Play-at-Speed now can be adjusted whilst playing.

  • Macros (formerly 'Chains') substantially extended.

  • Pinned-play-head can now be repositioned by dragging.

Full details of new features in the visual guide to New features in Audacity 2.3.0

Supported Platforms


  • Audacity 2.3.0 requires the CPU to support the SSE2 instruction set which should be available on any Intel hardware produced after 2001 and any AMD hardware produced after 2003.

    • To check what SSE levels your CPU supports, you can install CPU-Z.

    • If your hardware only supports SSE, you may download Audacity 2.0.6 see the Legacy Windows page on the Audacity Website.

  • 2.3.0 does not support Windows XP.

    • You may try 2.2.2 on XP, but it is unsupported.

macOS / Mac OS X


  • Linux support is tested on Ubuntu Linux.

    • Audacity may compile on Gentoo, Debian, Mint.

    • Audacity does not currently compile on SuSE Linux.

Interactive Buglist Page

We probably track more bugs than you are interested in...

On the dynamic buglist page you can select to view:

  • Complete list of bugs in 2.2.2 that we have fixed for 2.3.0

  • Known bugs on the OS you use Mac, Windows or Linux.

  • Known bugs to do with accessibility or localization.

  • Workarounds for some bugs.

  • Serious bugs and less serious bugs.

We do use this detail in our own QA work.

Bug Fixes

Some of the bugs we fixed for Audacity 2.3.0:

  • Timer record continues recording and does not stop at the stated time. You may on low powered hardware still see slow updates to the timer, and we haven't fixed that entirely yet.

  • QM 1.7.1 plug-in crash, now fixed.

  • Envelope curves got badly confused when joining clips.

  • "The Incredible Shrinking Toolbars" - Toolbars getting smaller if you repeatedly docked and undocked them.

Highlighted Issues

  • Below are listed what we believe are the most common and important issues with 2.3.0 for most users.


  • Far less of Audacity is properly accessible to visually impaired users than we would like. Currently the best supported platform for accessibility is Windows. We lost a lot of custom accessibility programming when we had to move to a more recent version of the wxWidgets library.


  • Audacity is only partially translated in many languages. We also have some issues, for example, with Right-To-Left Languages.

Selected Bugzilla-Tracked Bugs




Summary (4 tasks)




Mac: Audacity will not work with future versions of macOS



Linux: built-in real-time preview effects crash



Linux: PULSE-AUDIO issues. Freeze repeatedly starting/stopping streams



Windows: DirectSound Sound Activated Recording does not record correctly or pauses permanently after 12 seconds

Click on the bug numbers to see work done on these bugs.

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