Ardor - An Open Source Professional Audio Editor


Ardor is a multiplatform digital audio workstation which you can use for audio and MIDI multitrack recording, audio editing and mixing. This is an app open source, distributed under the GNU General Public License.

Currently it can be installed on GNU / Linux, OS X, 1 FreeBSD2 and Windows operating systems.3 Its main developer is Paul Davis, who is also responsible for the JACK Audio Connection Kit tool.

Ardor's core user group, as well as his collaborators, are made up of composers, musicians and professional recording engineers.

Before continuing I must emphasize that the to use Ardor packages ready to installr, they must download them from the project website and it is required to pay at least 1 dollar. That it is free software does not mean that it is free.

Another option is to subscribe paying 1, 4 or 10 dollars per month and thus contribute regularly to the development of this software. The advantage of the subscription is that updates are received.

Between the main characteristics of Ardor we have:

  • 12, 24 or 32 bit recording
  • Any number of physical channels
  • Support of standard audio formats: wav, wav64, caf, aiff, ogg, MIDI, among others
  • Time scaling
  • Repeat per track or per session
  • Automatic cross-fading
  • "Mono" and "Stereo" audio support
  • LV2, Ladspa and LinuxVST plug-in support
  • VST plug-in support
  • External control surface support
  • Support import video files
  • Complex routing support using JACK

How to install Ardor on Linux?

Within the repositories of the distributions we can find the package of the application ready to be installed, only that with the detail that it may not be the most current version and besides that this is only a trial version.


Having said that, If you want to test the application I leave you the commands of installation.

To install Ardor on Debian, Ubuntu and derivatives:

sudo apt install ardour

If you are using Arch Linux or some derivative you can install the application with this command:

sudo pacman -S ardour

In the case of Fedora, CentOS and derivatives we can install with:

sudo dnf install ardour

For the case openSUSE:

sudo zypper install ardour

And with this you will have the application installed on your system.

Now as mentioned the application is open source so that we have the possibility of be able to download the source code and compile it to install the application.

So with this we do not have version limitations or make it a trial version.

How to compile Ardor on Linux?

To begin the construction process, they will first need to install the many dependencies of the program. Ardor is a great audio editing suite and uses a large number of codecs and other tools. To install the dependencies, you should go to Official website, read the documentation and know what they are.

Done the above we proceed to obtain the source code, we open a terminal and execute:

git clone git: //

cd ardour

Then they should execute the script "waf".

We will need to run it first to scan the system to create new configuration files (makefiles, etc).

Running the waf script will also help them determine if they have all the correct dependencies installed.

The script will refuse to configure without these files, so, if you have problems to find them, first we will execute this command:

./waf configure

With this it will verify that the dependencies are installed and everything is ready to go. To start the build process, run wow:


Ardor's audio editing package is very large and it will take a long time to compile. So at this time they can take advantage to do other things.

Made the compilation, now we will change directory and we do it with:

cd gtk2_ardour

Start Ardor with "ardev."


At this point we already have the possibility to install the application, we only have to execute:

./waf install

And that's it, you can start enjoying this great professional audio editor.

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