Audacity v2.2.2 Updated

billon on 24 Jul 2018
  • 26MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Feb 2018
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Audacity is a multi-track sound recorder and editor with support for most audio formats and sophisticated effects such as noise removal and studio reverb. Users can record live audio, compress or convert file types, as well as cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.

Cross platform with clients available for Mac and Linux.

Alternatively, Audacity Portable and X-Audacity are also available.

System Requirements: Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty folder and name it Portable Settings in the same directory
  3. Launch Audacity.exe
Due to licensing restrictions, users must follow these instructions to export to MP3.

(Thanks to user "r" for instructions posted to this forum thread.)
Similar/alternative apps: Wavosaur
What's new? See:

19 comments on Audacity  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

XPect 2006-04-18 01:35

This launcher won't run properly on machines where the registry modification as been disabled by admin !

Anonymous 2007-01-30 22:59

Registry handling was improved in this version (1.2.6) for Guest and Limited accounts.

Webfork 2007-05-28 20:02

Excellent and useful basic audio edition program especially for users of digital recording devices. Being able to do basic filtering, normalize audio, and cut useless silence is irreplacable. Advanced features for multi-track recording also available. Recommend that users take a few minutes to learn the shortcut keys -- makes the program so much better.

r 2007-09-15 13:28

audacity can be made portable by downloading the .ZIP version from here:

afterwards, unzip the contents and in the directory which houses "audacity.exe" create a folder called "portable settings"

this will write all settings into this folder... hence making it portable.
(instructions are also available here:

use UPX Tool+ to compress "audacity.exe" and you have a portable version that is less than 2 MB.

recording-man 2009-04-30 05:35

I am working on large audio material (30min speech - sometimes with music). Functions: Normalize - Compress / Limit, Cut, Equalize. Audacity is much to slow to handle that.
(Wavosaur is better - Nero Wave Eeditor is realy fast, but it is not stable.)

mrpink 2012-03-15 13:28

Probably stealth. Delete the registry key after the first time you launch the program and see if it gets recreated


shodan816 2012-03-15 13:36

This 'portable' version still creates a registry entry and\or writes to the User folder. If you want TRUE portability, download it from:


olliebean 2014-04-21 12:04

The registry key can be deleted, and is not recreated on subsequent launches. Alternatively, you can prevent it being created in the first place: before first launch, create a new text file in the Portable Settings folder called audacity.cfg, containing the single line: "NewPrefsInitialized=1" (without quotes).

This makes the program stealth. The only files it writes to the User folder are in %TEMP%. (And even this can be changed in the settings.)


Guido76 2014-10-02 12:27

Link for download isn't available. Could you make a correction ?
best regards


webfork 2014-10-04 18:26

Guido76: I've tested three times from two different locations and it's working fine for me.


smaragdus 2015-03-30 05:09

Audacity 2.1.0 has been released.


AndTheWolf 2015-08-14 00:14

Audacity now at 2.1.1


webfork 2015-08-15 16:08

AndTheWolf: updated, thanks


kiwichick888 2015-08-16 02:11

Maybe I'm having a blonde moment but I can't find any exporting mp3 instructions at the link given:


webfork 2015-08-18 02:03

kiwichick: link was broken, thanks for letting us know


stisev 2017-03-27 14:02

I am seeing a blank folder created in C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Audacity
with nothing inside with latest version. Can anyone confirm?


PAFuser 2017-07-25 19:02

Using Audacity Portable and folder is there after close.


zorro 2018-07-24 08:42

Current version is somehow stealth after configuring the temporary folder to point to something inside the program folder (Audacity doesn't accept the system temp folder) - the created "Audacity/SessionStore" folder in LocalAppData can then be deleted.
No entries in the registry any more (except Audio.. PropertyStore, but this applies to all programs with sound output and is not persistent)


zorro 2018-07-24 14:20

...sorry, business as usual - somehow inconsistent, but after the third start, Audacity created %LocalAppData%\Audacity again. And in addition there's no way to change the language. Strange behaviour.


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