|-help||display a brief list of command line options|
|-version||display the audacity version number|
|-test||run self diagnostics tests (only present in development builds)|
set the audacity block size for writing files to disk to nnn bytes
~/.audacity-data/audacity.cfgPer user configuration file.
/var/tmp/audacity-<user>/Default location of Audacitys temp directory, where <user> is your username. If this location is not suitable (not enough space in /var/tmp, for example), you should change the temp directory in the Preferences and restart Audacity. Audacity is a disk-based editor, so the temp directory is very important: it should always be on a fast (local) disk with lots of free space.
Note that older versions of Audacity put the temp directory inside of the users home directory. This is undesirable on many systems, and using some directory in /tmp is recommended.
On many modern Linux systems all files in /tmp/ will be deleted each time the system boots up, which makes recovering a recording that was going on when the system crashed much harder. This is why the default is to use a directory in /var/tmp/ which will not normally be deleted by the system. Open the Preferences to check.
When looking for plug-ins, help files, localization files, or other configuration files, Audacity searches the following locations, in this order:
AUDACITY_PATHAny directories in the AUDACITY_PATH environment variable will be searched before anywhere else.
.The current working directory when Audacity is started.
<prefix>/share/audacityThe system-wide Audacity directory, where <prefix> is usually /usr or /usr/local, depending on where the program was installed.
<prefix>/share/doc/audacityThe system-wide Audacity documentation directory, where <prefix> is usually /usr or /usr/local, depending on where the program was installed.
For localization files in particular (i.e. translations of Audacity into other languages), Audacity also searches <prefix>/share/locale
Audacity supports two types of plug-ins on Unix: LADSPA and Nyquist plug-ins. These are generally placed in a directory called plug-ins somewhere on the search path (see above).
LADSPA plug-ins can either be in the plug-ins directory, or alternatively in a ladspa directory on the search path if you choose to create one. Audacity will also search the directories in the LADSPA_PATH environment variable for additional LADSPA plug-ins.
Nyquist plug-ins can either be in the plug-ins directory, or alternatively in a nyquist directory on the search path if you choose to create one.
This man page documents audacity version 1.3.5
Audacity is distributed under the GPL, however some of the libraries it links to are distributed under other free licenses, including the LGPL and BSD licenses.
For details of known problems, see the release notes and the audacity wiki:
To report a bug, see the instructions at
Project leaders include Dominic Mazzoni, Matt Brubeck, James Crook, Vaughan Johnson, Leland Lucius, and Markus Meyer, but dozens of others have contributed, and Audacity would not be possible without wxWindows, libsndfile, and many of the other libraries it is built upon. For the most recent list of contributors and current email addresses, see our website: