System Requirements for Audacity
Recording audio is a very resource-intensive activity for your computer, which is designed to cope with many different processes.
Audacity recommends certain minimum and recommended requirements for the various operating systems. The minimum requirements will allow you to make short recordings, but for longer or multi-track recordings, you will need the recommended RAM and processor speed.
Operating System Requirements for Audacity 1.3 and later versions
|Windows version||Minimum RAM||Recommended RAM||Minimum processor speed||Recommended processor speed|
|Windows 98, ME||64 MB||128 MB||300 MHz||500 MHz|
|Windows 2000, XP||128 MB||512 MB||300 MHz||1 GHz|
|Windows Vista Home Basic||512 MB||2 GB||1 GHz||1 GHz|
|Windows Vista Home Premium/Business/Ultimate/7 (32-bit)||1GB||4 GB||1 GHz||2 GHz|
|Windows 7 or 8 (64-bit)||2 GB||4GB||1 GHz||2 GHz|
NB. Windows 95 and NT are not supported in Audacity 1.3.
Windows Vista and 7 are not supported in Audacity 1.2.6.
|Mac OS version||Minimum RAM||Minimum processor speed|
|OS X 10.4 or later||64 MB||300 MHz|
NB. OS X 10.3 and earlier are not supported for the latest Audacity versions, but the previous 1.3.3 Beta (.dmg file, 7.2 MB) supports OS X 10.3.
Installation packages for Audacity on GNU/Linux and other Unix-like systems are provided by individual distributions. However the Beta version has not yet been packaged for very many distributions. The following distributions are known to have Beta packages. Audacity recommends using the latest version of Linux/Unix from your distribution that is compatible with your hardware specifications.
|Distributions||Minimum RAM||Minimum processor speed|
|Fedora, Gentoo, Suse, Ubuntu||64 MB||300 MHz|
Managing Computer Resources and Drivers
Visit this page of the Audacity wiki for comprehensive advice on optimising your system for recording with Audacity.