Getting Ardour

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Supported, official releases of Ardour are available for

  • Intel OS X systems (Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion/Mavericks/Yosemite)
  • All Intel/AMD Linux systems
Ready To Run
no need to build from source code
Source Code
Program Features
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Minor Version Updates
updates till the next major release
All Updates
updates while your subscription lasts
Cost $1, $4 or $10 /month at least $1 no charge optional donation
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Looking for Ardour on Windows? There are no official releases of Ardour for Windows yet, but you can vist our nightly build site if you want to try out the most recent version (which may be buggy). We have a bit more information about Ardour on Windows.

Download FAQ

I thought Ardour was free software

Ardour is free in the sense that you are free to do anything with it that you want (including use it on as many machines as you wish, make copies of it for friends and so forth). Some people like to explain this with the phrase "free as in free speech, not free as in free beer".

It is also free in the sense that you can get the source code at any time and build it yourself. This can be a complicated and difficult task, especially on OS X.

This is a big, complex software project, and without revenue to support its development, it will almost certainly grind to a halt. Our download system is one way that we try to raise revenue. Please consider being a part of the wonderful group of people who help to make this continued development of Ardour possible.

I gave a donation to Ardour but I'm still asked to pay
The donation system is entirely separate from the download system, and exists for a couple of reasons:
  • our Linux users generally get Ardour without payment via their distributions' repositories.
  • some people just feel like being generous
Either way, it allows people to make a simple one-time payment. It is not part of the download system, and any payment you make via the donation system does not apply to the download system. Remember that you may choose to pay as little as US$1 for a download.
I paid for a download but can't see a download link anywhere
You probably have page forwarding disabled in your web browser. Point it at, enter your invoice ID (not transaction ID) from the your payment confirmation email, and your download will start.
My download links say that the timer has expired
Email with your Invoice ID (not transaction ID) and we'll reset things.
I tried to download 3 times and they all failed
Email with your Invoice ID (not transaction ID) and we'll reset things.
The download site appears insecure
Its not. However, the security certificate we use was issued by a certificate provider not recognized by certain browsers, and so you may get a warning about the site being insecure. It really isn't and besides, you won't be asked to any information at except the amount you want to pay.
My PayPal subscription was suspended. How do I reactivate it?
You can reactivate it by following these steps:
  1. Log into your PayPal account and go to Profile -> My Money.
  2. In the row for 'My preapproved payments' click 'Update'.
  3. Here you will see a list of all of your recurring payments. Find the subscription you need to reinstate and click on the title. The next page will show you all the details of this subscription. Click 'Re-activate' to re-activate your subscription.