How to install Ardour on Ubuntu 20.04

If ever you’ve been curious about making music, you’ll be pleased to know that the open source digital audio workstation Ardour makes it easy and fun. Ardour is a free and open source digital audio workstation and hard disk recorder application. It’s recording abilities are limited by only the hardware it is run on, there are no built-in limits in its abilities.

This application supports trimming, dragging, splitting and time-stretching recorded regions with sample-level resolution, and supports layer regions. If you have an audio interface, Ardour will support it. Of course, you can add unlimited multichannel tracks. The multichannel tracks can also be routed to different mixer tapes for the ease of editing and recording.

You can also import a video to it and edit the audio to export the whole thing. Ardour relies on plug-ins for many features, from audio effects processing to dynamic control and comes with a lot of built-in plugins and supports VST plugins as well. It’s an cross platform application available for Microsoft Windows, Linux and macOS.

Features of Ardour

  • Non-linear editing
  • Flexible Recording
  • Strip silence, push-pull trimming, Rhythm Ferret for transient and note onset-based editing
  • Unlimited Multichannel Tracks
  • Vertical window stacking for easy navigation
  • Comes with a handful of builtin plugins for your everyday needs.
  • Import a video and optionally extract the soundtrack from it.
  • Sophisticated solo model includes listen (AFL/PFL) as well as solo-in-place.

This article explains two methods of installing Ardour on Ubuntu 20.04.

Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Method 1: Installing Ardour from Ubuntu apt repository

Ardour is included in Ubuntu 20.04. Follow the step by step guide to install the application.

Step #1

Type the following command to update the apt sources.

$ sudo apt update

Step #2

Now execute this command to install the Ardour package.

$ sudo apt install ardour

With the help of && you can write both the commands in a single line. Something like this:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install ardour

At this step, you have successfully installed Ardour on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

If you are not comfortable with the command line, open Ubuntu Software, search for “Ardour” and install the application.

Method 2: Installing Ardour via PPA Repository

If you want to install the most recent version of Ardour, you can use the PPA repository.

Personal Package Archives (PPA) are software repositories designed for Ubuntu users and are easier to install than other third-party repositories. PPAs are often used to distribute pre-release software so that it can be tested.

Step #1

First of all open the terminal from system application launcher and type the following command to add the Ardour PPA to your system.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntustudio-ppa/ardour-backports

Step #2

Then, execute the following commands to install Ardour package on your Ubuntu system.

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install ardour

Once installed, launch it from your system application menu.

Starting Ardour

Ardour can be launched from the command line by typing ardour or In the Activities search bar type “Ardour” and click on the icon.

Ardour User Interface:

How to Uninstall Ardour from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Ardour, refer following methods.

Method #1

If you have installed Ardour from default ubuntu apt respository then uninstall by running the below command:

$ sudo apt remove ardour

Method #2

If you have installed the Ardour through PPA then uninstall it by following one of the below procedures.

Procedure #1

It’s most likely that you added the PPA using add-apt-repository command. You can use the same command to remove the PPA as well. Just give it --remove option in the command.

$ sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntustudio-ppa/ardour-backports

Note: Use this procedure only if you need to remove the PPA and not the applications installed by it.

Procedure #2

You must have noticed that in the above procedure we only talked about deleting or removing a PPA. What about the applications installed using these PPAs? Will they be removed as a result of removing the PPA? The answer is NO.

So this is when ppa-purge comes in picture. It not only disables the PPA but also uninstalls all the programs installed by the PPA or revert them to original version provided by your distribution.

So type the following command to install the ppa-purge package and uninstall the Ardour package.

$ sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntustudio-ppa/ardour-backports


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install Ardour on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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