Before You Start (Linux Edition)

Please read EVERYTHING on this page before proceeding to use Ardour.

How To Install

If you downloaded source code, these instructions are not for you. See the building instructions instead.

You should have been able to download the .tar file and saved it to disk. Open a Terminal window (typically from the system's main menu, within the System Tools submenu) and then type the following commands:

cd /folder/where/you/saved/the/file
tar xf name-of-the-tar-file
cd Ardour-<VERSION>
sh ./

(replacing <VERSION> appropriately with whatever version you downloaded)

Some output will appear in the Terminal window, and you will be asked to press the Return key finish the installation.

How To Uninstall

The installer will offer to uninstall any previous versions that is finds. If you wish to uninstall a version manually, run the uninstall script found in /opt for the version you wish to remove.

cd /opt
sh ./Ardour_<VERSION>

<VERSION> in the above command is replaced by som appropriate text to refer to the version you want to uninstall. For a complete uninstall, you may also want to delete ~/.config/ardour3 where your preferences, custom key bindings, and other Ardour specific settings are stored.

You need to know JACK

Ardour requires that you have JACK (the JACK Audio Connection Kit) installed on your system (you might be wondering just what on earth JACK is). You can install it from your distribution's software repository using the normal system software install/update tools, or download and build it yourself from the JACK website.

Although you are not required to have JACK running when you start Ardour, you will generally find it much more convenient to start, stop and configure JACK using the separate JACK GUI control program called QJackctl (sometimes called "Jack Control"). You will be able to install this very easily from your distribution's software repository, using the normal system software install/update tools.