Configurations files for Audacity V. 3.0.4


where i can find all of configurations files for Audacity Version 3.0.4 on Windows 10? so that i can change the default configurations, for exapmle i wan’t need to see any dialogs at the start.

Thank you

Options should normally be set through “Edit menu > Preferences”/

The actual files are:

  • audacity.cfg
  • pluginsettings.cfg
  • pluginregistry.cfg

which can be found in *Users<username>\AppData\Roaming\audacity*
Note that pluginsettings.cfg and pluginregistry.cfg are not really human readable. The audacity.cfg file does make some sense, but many of the settings are not obvious.

If you mess up any of those three files through manual editing, you can delete the files and they will be recreated with default values the next time that you start Audacity.

Thank you, but where i can disable the show of dialogs for Updates or for “setting reset” at the start of programm? i can’t find any settings for this in file audacity.cfg?

I’m not sure what you mean.

To disable update checking:
“Preferences > Application > Check for updates: [not ticked]”

I mean, when I start the program, a one-time message is displayed asking whether I want to reset the settings or not, so I want to deactivate this because I installed the program on clients with a software distribution server and do not want the clients to reset the preconfigured settings, where i can find theses settings then?


IIRC correctly, you only get that dialog on launch if during the installation process the box for “Reset preferences” is checked “on”.

But also note that any user can use the Tools > Reset Configuration at any time.

And the smart users, ones who read the Manual carefully, can learn how to purge their Audacity settings folder to reset Audacity to entirely factory settings.


I’m not sure off hand which the exact setting is (I’m on Linux and I think it’s slightly different here), but if you put a complete “audacity.cfg” file into the user’s \AppData\Roaming\audacity\ folder, then Audacity’s “on first run” messages won’t appear.

I believe the one-time “Reset Preferences” message comes from the (Windows only) installer app rather than from Audacity.