Audacity won't launch on MacOsx 10.8.2


I have just upgraded my Mac OS X from 10.7 to 10.8.2.Audacity won’t launch,and even if I didn’t upgrade my mac,Audacity wouldn’t launch on the previous set up as well.
You obviously know what the problem is,you put a note on the installation folder saying;


  • If you are a first-time user of Audacity, security settings on
    OS X 10.7 or later may block Audacity being launched. To permanently
    enable Audacity launch, right-click or control-click on the Audacity
    application in Finder, choose “Open”, then in the dialog box that
    appears, choose “Open”.

Is this really your solution? Cause that doesn’t work,and if I try to open Audacity it locks Finder and everything and I have to force quit.So your solution doesn’t work instead it creates more problems.

Please can you find a real practical solution?

Thank you.

The Mac Gatekeeper issue described in install.txt is only the first hurdle. The second hurdle is that Audacity may freeze if you have incompatible plug-ins on your system. This is noted in the Release Notes with a workaround of disabling VST and Audio Unit (AU) effects in Audacity. See .

If you need VST and AU support in Audacity, you’ll have to identify the problem plug-ins in the Mac crash report then move those plug-ins where Audacity can’t see them. For help with this please see here .

If you also post the Crash Report here that would be useful. See here for how to attach files . Alternatively, copy the text of the report, press “Code” in the editor buttons in your Forum reply, then paste the text.


I am having this same problem…any easy work arounds? The wiki link posted is impossible to read.

Looking at your other post it seems that you are not having “this same problem”.
xeno is reporting that Audacity does not launch, which I assume means that it does not launch at all, whereas your other post indicates that Audacity is launching, but not properly. Rather than dealing with two different problems in the same topic, I’ll split your other posts and merge them into one topic here: Mac OS X 10.8.2 Problem loading Audacity