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Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation (DAW) application. It runs on Linux, MacOS, FreeBSD and Microsoft Windows.

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Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application. It runs on Linux, macOS, FreeBSD and Microsoft Windows. Its primary author is Paul Davis, who is also responsible for the JACK Audio Connection Kit. Ardour is intended to be digital audio workstation software suitable for professional use.

Released under the terms of the GNU General Public License (version two or any later version), Ardour is free software. Users who download from the project’s website are asked to pay at least $1 for downloading prebuilt binaries of Ardour; those users then have the right to obtain minor updates until the next major release. Another option is to subscribe, paying $1, $4 or $10 per month. Subscribers can download prebuilt binaries of all updates during the subscription period. (This makes Ardour an example of commercial free-libre software.) Without paying, users can download the full source code for all platforms, or a prebuilt demo binary which ceases playback after various time periods. Several Linux distributions also provide prebuilt binaries, free of any software restrictions, as part of their repositories.

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System Requirements

1400mhz Intel Pentium equivalent CPU1-3GHz Processor, Athlons dual CPU system
21GB RAM2GB RAM or more
3JACK Audio Connection KitRui Nuno Capela’s GUI for JACK: qjackctl
4350MB for linux & 600MB for macOS of disk storage available
5Any of the audio cards based on the ICE1712 or ICE1724 chipsets will work well (Terratec and M-Audio use these, as well as the EZ8), and the Ensoniq cards and onboard chipsetsThe RME Hammerfall series and the M-Audio Delta series audio interface
62-4 channels: M-Audio Delta 44, 66 or 2496; 2-12 channels: M-Audio Delta 1010more than 12 channels: RME HDSP, RME HDSPe; more than 26 channels: RME MADI



G2CROWD 4.2 
based on 5 reviews
Softonic 8 
based on 13 reviews


Paul Davis, David Robillard, Robin Gareus, Nick Mainsbridge, Colin Fletcher, Ben Loftis, Tim Mayberry, Others

Written in

C++, C, Python, Lua, Shell, GTK+

Initial Release

23 September 2005


GPL v2


Digital Audio Workstation


  • System Requirements in detail can be seen here & here
  • Ardour is an ‘unsigned application’, so OS X and later might ask for extra confirmation the first time you run it.

This page was last updated with commit: Now custom 'Remarks' are allowed instead of just 'Portable' in 'Get it'; all software's source files have been updated accordingly (0cb3959)