Audacity 2.3.2 / Ubuntu 18.04.2LTS / PPA install

I followed the install directions for official binaries but I can’t launch the program. It dumps core. That’s from a terminal, If I do it by icon on the desktop - nothing. I’m running 18.04.2LTS with the Low Latency kernel.

$ audacity
Gtk-Message: 17:55:31.908: Failed to load module “canberra-gtk-module”
lo server running on 14315
terminate called after throwing an instance of ‘std::bad_alloc’
what(): std::bad_alloc
Aborted (core dumped)

Here’s what was installed:

$ apt list | grep audacity

WARNING: apt does not have a stable CLI interface. Use with caution in scripts.

audacity/bionic,now 2.3.2-0build1~ubuntu18.04 amd64 [installed]
audacity-data/bionic,bionic,now 2.3.2-0build1~ubuntu18.04 all [installed,automatic]

And here’s what’s in apt.sources:

$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ubuntuhandbook1-ubuntu-audacity-bionic.list
deb > Index of /ubuntuhandbook1/audacity/ubuntu > bionic main

deb-src > Index of /ubuntuhandbook1/audacity/ubuntu > bionic main


Anyone else run across this?

The only version of Audacity that is officially supported by Ubuntu 18.04 is Audacity 2.2.1 (
The PPA at is an unofficial repository.
There is a link for contacting the PPA maintainer on that page.

Why would the Audacity project include a link on the official web site to that install if it’s not supported and unofficial?

Where is that?

Audacity Screenshot2.png
Whatever man. Ardour to the rescue.

Thanks. I’ve updated that web page to clarify that the PPA is unofficial.

Have you tried the 2.2.1 version from the main Ubuntu repository? That works fine for me.