How to install Audacity 3.0.0 on Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04 via Flatpak

Audacity Audio Editor 3.0.0 was released a week ago as a new major release. Here’s how to install it on Ubuntu / Linux Mint via the Flatpak package.

Audacity 3.0.0 features a new all-in-one file aup3 project file format, an improved “noise gate” effect, a new “label sound” analyzer, and over 160 bug fixes.

Why Flatpak?

Most of the distribution builds and Ubuntu PPA are “misbuilt packages” because they were built against the wrong wxWidgets (3.0.x), but Audacity 3.0.0 requires wxWidgets 3.1.3.

I’m not a fan of containerized Flatpak packages, but Snap is still under test, so this is the only binary package that has been “correctly” built so far.

Install Audacity 3.0.0 via Flatpak.

First, open the terminal from the system app launcher. Once open, run the following commands one at a time.

1.) For Ubuntu 18.04, add an updated version of the Flatpak framework, PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak && sudo apt update

2.) Install flatpak using the command.

sudo apt install flatpak

3.) Add a flathub repository to host the software package.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

4.) Finally, install the Audacity flatpak package.

flatpak install flathub org.audacityteam.Audacity

The flatpak package does not replace the traditional deb package. If your launcher has multiple app icons, either remove Audacity installed via apt or launch Audacity Flatpak using a terminal command.

flatpak run org.audacityteam.Audacity

Remove the Audacity Flatpak package.

To remove the software installed via flatpak, just run the following command:

flatpak uninstall org.audacityteam.Audacity

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