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Installing Audacity 2.2.1 on OS X

If your Mac has a previous version of Audacity

You can update this version by selecting Help > Check for Updates.... and skip the rest of this chapter.

If you have Audacity 2.1.2 or earlier installed in your Mac, read the section titled "Leftover plugins from previous versions of Audacity" at the end of this chapter. 


  1. Using a web browser, go to Audacity's site, and navigate to its webpage where you can download Audacity 2.2.1 for the Mac.

  2. Click any of the links for downloading Audacity 2.2.1, which include versions of this program with screen readers for the visually impaired.

  3. A webpage saying this file is downloading will appear. 



  1. Once it's fully downloaded, go to the folder your browser is set for files to be downloaded into — usually it's the Downloads folder (System/Users/nameofuser/Downloads) — and double-click the audacity-macos-2.2.1.dmg file to open it.

  2. Click and drag the Audacity 2.2.1 icon to the Applications icon as instructed in this window. This will install Audacity 2.2.1 to your Mac.


Setting Up

  1. A new window asking if you're sure you want to open Audacity will appear. Click the Open button.

  2. The Audacity interface will appear. You are now ready to use Audacity 2.2.1.


Leftover plugins from previous versions of Audacity

If you had Audacity 2.1.2 or earlier installed in your Mac before you updated it to Audacity 2.2.1, there will probably a folder named "Audacity" in your Applications folder (~/Library/Applications/Audacity).

Plugins you want to keep, and Audacity 2.2.1 doesn't have

The Audacity folder might have optional plugins that you installed manually into the old version of Audacity.

If you want to keep these optional plugins, move them to to the new Audacity Plug-Ins folder at ~/Library/Application Support/audacity/Plug-Ins.

Disabling and deleting duplicate plugins

The Audacity folder will also contain plugins that you will no longer need, since Audacity 2.2.1 now has these plugins bundled inside the application itself.

You could just delete the Audacity folder, but that will not be enough. If you install Audacity 2.2.1, and open it, these plugins will still appear in certain menus as duplicates whether or not the Audacity folder has already been deleted, and will not work if you select them. So you will need to disable them first.

There are two ways to disable old plugins.

  • Delete the file pluginregistry.cfg in ~/Library/Application Support/audacity/. You might only want to choose this option if you haven't already put optional plugins in the new Audacity Plug-Ins folder.

  • Disable the plugins in Audacity 2.2.1:

    1. Select Effect > Add / Remove Plug-ins... in the main menu.

    2. Choose the plugins you don't want in the Add/Remove Plugins window, and disable them. Then click OK.

Now you can delete the Audacity folder, if you haven't already.

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