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Audacity: Help

More Help

For more help with Audacity you can try these avenues:

Audacity User Guide

You should first look at the excellent documentation provided by the developers themselves, at http://manual.audacityteam.org/index.html.  This page links to a multi-dimensional user guide, with interface and menu walk-throughs, tutorials, FAQs and more.

Audacity Wiki

The Audacity Wiki provides a wealth of additional information on the past, present and future of Audacity, along with a wide range of tips and tutorials contributed by the large user community.

 Audacity Forum 

You can also try searching through the official Audacity forum for information.  

http://audacityteam.org/forum/   (also linked from the page above)

The forums contain a lot of postings from users on many topics. You can use the search system to locate topics or just browse the categories. If you don't find what you want then try subscribing to the forums and posting your question to the relevant category.

There are a few things to keep in mind when asking a question in a forum or to a mailing list. First, be as clear as you can with your question and provide any information that you might think would help some to try to help you. You might, for example, include information about the operating system you are using, or various specifics that relate to what you are trying to achieve. Additionally, it is always good practice to also post back to any forum or mailing list if you manage to solve your query and include clear information on how you solved the puzzle. This is so that someone else that may have the same issue can resolve it using what you have found out. If possible post back to the same thread (discussion topic) so that anyone searching through the forum can follow the discussion including the solution.


Mailing Lists

Mailing lists are good places to look through for answers to questions. The subscription (also the archives are listed on each info page) information is located here :


You can also subscribe to the mailing lists and ask a question. Please note the suggestions about posting to forums and mailing lists in the above section.

YouTube Video tutorials

As with nearly everything else these days, you can search YouTube for tutorials on using Audacity. Many of these are also linked from the Audacity Wiki above, but given the nature of YouTube, new tutorials appear regularly.

Web Search

Aside from YouTube, searching the wider web is always useful. If you are looking for problems arising from errors reported by the Audacity software, try entering the error text itself into a search engine such as Google. Be sure to edit out any information that doesn't look generic when doing this. Some search engines also enable you to try searches of mailing lists, online groups etc, this can also provide good results.



IRC is a type of online chat. It is not the easiest to use if you are not familair with it but it is a very good system. There are a variety of softwares for all operating systems that enable you to use IRC. The IRC channel for Audacity is where a number of the developers are online and some 'superusers'. So logging into this channel can be useful but it is very important that you know exactly what you are trying to find out before trying this route. The protocol for using the channel is just to log in, and ask the question immediately. Don't try and be too chatty as you are probably going to be ignored. It is also preferable if you have done some research using the other methods above before trying the channel. The details for the IRC channel are:

  • IRC network: freenode
  • Channel: #audacity



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