Using themes

Audacity comes with 4 themes preinstalled: Light, Dark, Classic and High Contrast. You can switch between themes by going to Edit -> Preferences -> Interface (macOS: Audacity -> Preferences -> Interface)

Once you have chosen a theme, click OK to close the preferences dialog and load the new theme.

Installing custom themes

Custom themes commonly are distributed as files called ImageCache.png. You can find some custom themes here:

To install a custom theme, place the ImageCache.png in the following folders. You may create the folders if they aren't present.

  • Windows: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Audacity\Theme\custom\

  • MacOS: ~/Library/Application Support/audacity/Theme/custom/

  • Linux: ~/.local/share/audacity/Theme/custom/


  1. restart Audacity,

  2. open the Preferences -> Interface page,

  3. select Custom as the theme and

  4. press OK.

Note: Custom themes are optimized for one version of Audacity only and may break from one Audacity version to the next. If a theme looks different from the screenshots, that's likely the reason.

Creating custom themes

For instructions on creating custom themes, please check the following page:

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