These steps will show you how to download and install the audacity audio recording program on your Mac computer.

Written Instructions

Step 01: Audacity Website

Go to

The website looks like this:


Step 2: To Download Page

Click"Download Audacity 2.1.3"


Step 3: Choose your Operating System

Click on "Audacity for Mac OSX/ macOS™"


Step 4: Installer Link

Click on the text "Audacity 2.1.3.dmg file." The installer should now be downloading.


Step 5: Open Installer Program

Open the Audacity installer program

  • The program is called "audacity-macos-2.1.3.dmg" which is in your browser which is in your browser downloads or your "Downloads" folder.
  • The download will appear in your browser download window, like this in Google Chrome:

  • Here is the downloads folder on a Mac:

  • The installer is hidden in with all your other downloads:

Step 6: Moving Audacity into Your Application Folder

A. Drag the Audacity icon into the Applications folder.

B. Close this window.

Step 7: Opening Audacity

A. Open your Applications folder

B. Click on the Audacity icon

Step 8: Opening Audacity

Click "Open" when asked "Are you sure you want to open it?" Audacity will open and you are ready to record audio

Step 9: Ejecting the Installer

Make sure to eject the Audacity installer.

A. Open a finder window

B. Press the eject button to the "Audacity 2.1.3" in your devices section

Please read the "Recording Audio (Audacity)" Library page to learn how to record audio with audacity