Drivers (Windows)

Recommended Download

Click the appropriate link below, which takes you to the Audacity software download. Only these links, and the automatic download, are authorized versions of Audacity. Disable any automatic download managers if the download is incorrect.

  • Windows XP/Vista/Windows7/Windows8/Windows10: Audacity 2.1.2 installer (.exe file, 25.3 MB)
  • Windows XP/Vista/Windows7/Windows8/Windows10: Audacity 2.1.2 (.zip file, 10.5 MB)
    -smaller download (without help files), also useful if you cannot run the installer because of restricted permissions

Alternative Download Links

If you have trouble with your download, or need an older version of Audacity, try our alternate download links below (older versions can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate package).

  • Audacity: View all current and old versions of Audacity on their official site.
  • Google Code: View old versions of Audacity

System Requirements

Windows 2000, 95, and NT are not supported and you must download a Legacy version from Audacity.

The values in the "Recommended RAM/processor speed" column below are for tasks like recording for an hour, or editing three 20 minute tracks simultaneously. The values in the "Minimum RAM/processor speed" column will be fine for smaller/shorter tasks, especially if unnecessary programs are closed.

Windows version Recommended RAM/
processor speed
Minimum RAM/
processor speed
Windows 7 (64-bit) / Windows 8 (64-bit) / Windows 10 (32 or 64-bit) 4 GB / 2 GHz 2 GB / 1 GHz
Windows Vista (Home Premium/Business/Ultimate) (32-bit or 64-bit) /
Windows 7 32-bit (except Windows 7 Starter) / Windows 8 (32-bit)
4 GB / 2 GHz 1 GB / 1 GHz
Windows Vista (Home Basic) (32-bit or 64-bit) / Windows 7 Starter 2 GB / 1 GHz 512 MB / 1 GHz
XP (32- or 64-bit) 512 MB / 1 GHz 128MB / 300MHz

Audacity works best on computers meeting more than the minimum requirements stated above. For lengthy multi-track projects, we recommend using machines of substantially higher specification than the minimums.