Portable Audacity OS X

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Portable Audacity OS X is the binary distribution of the Audacity audio editor for Mac OS X packaged as portable application so you can take your preferences with you.

Portable Audacity OS X is the Audacity audio editor packaged as portable application so you can carry around with you on any portable device, USB thumb drive, iPod, portable hard drive,memory card, other portable device (also on your internal hard disk) as long as it has 24 MB of free space and use on any Mac OS X computer, taking your preferences with you.



Old release:

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How to install

  1. Drag "Portable Audacity OS X" folder to your portable device, USB thumb drive, iPod, portable hard drive, memory card, other portable device (also to your internal hard disk) as long as it has 12 MB of free space.
  2. Clicking "Portable Audacity" will open Audacity from your portable device, wait a while before Audacity start.
  3. If a local copy of Audacity is running an alert window allow you to quit it.

Using your data

You can copy your user preferences to Portable Audacity when "Copy preferences" window ask you. So, if you wish to use your preferences you already have on your system, just click "Yes" when prompt.

Audacity application, preference file and folder are inside the bundle:
Portable Audacity.app/Contents/Resources/app/

Audacity is packaged using the Platypus script wrapper from

Support Forum

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Source code

Change log

  • 1.3.3b r2.0 (12.Jan.2008)
    Audacity updated to 1.3.3beta
    Universal Binary
  • 1.3.2b r2.0 (08.Nov.2006)
    Audacity updated to 1.3.2beta
    New shell script.
    Added a launchd agent to restore local preferences after a system crash.
    Growl style notification windows.
    Dialog made by CocoaDialog.
    10.4.2 OS X version check.
    Can't be launched on a locked volume.
    Requires OS X 10.4.2 or later.
  • 1.3.0b r1.0 (10.04.2006)
    With Audacity 1.3.0b (beta)
  • 1.2.4b r1.0 (10.04.2006)
    First public release.
    100% standalone.
    Portable Audacity is wrapped as application package with Platypus.
    Preference are automatically copied if desired.
    Portable Audacity ask to quit Audacity copy already running.



Portable Audacity.app is packaged using the Platypus script.
Dialog made by CocoaDialog.

Portable Audacity OS X © 2006-2010
Carlo Gandolfi - http://www.freesmug.org
Paolo Portaluri - http://plus2.it/~paolo/

This software is licensed under the CC-GNU GPL.

Audacity provided is an unmodified version of official binaries downloaded from audacity.sourceforge.net licensed under:

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