Cursor not moving during playback

Newly installed Audacity. When I open a file and click Play, the playback starts but the cursor does not move. If I click somewhere in the empty space in the window, the cursor is updated to the current position but still does not move after that.

Rebooted. I have previously used Audacity on the same PC but under Windows, problem did not occur there.

Audacity 2.3.3
Fedora 31 64bit, GNOME 3.34.4
Installed from Fedora Software app


Do you see the cursor with a green triangle above it when you start playback?

Not when I start playback. The triangle does appear when I stop it.

What happens if you “pin the play head”? (See:

If I pin it, it’s updated (i.e. the whole wave moves)

I experiencing this under debian testing on wayland (audacity 2.3.3).

Seems to be wayland related. Changing the session to Xorg solves the problem.

How do I report this to the developers?

Does Fedora use Wayland?

Google tells me Fedora migrated to wayland with version 31

Thanks safrankamate.

In case you’ve not seen the solution(s) yet, the problem may be fixed by any of these methods:

  1. When you log into the computer, select an Xorg session rather than a Wayland session.

  2. Modify the “audacity.desktop” file to include:

Exec=env GDK_BACKEND=x11 UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 audacity %F
  1. Build Audacity from source using wxGTK2 rather than wxGTK3.

Thanks to Dustin Speckhals for identifying the workaround (

This resolved it, thank you!

Before I close this topic, perhaps you could say which solution fixed it for you.


I’m maybe late to this, but I appear to have the same issue with the cursor/marker.

I wish to try Steve’s fix, but am not sure where exactly to apply the revised code. There appear to be several .desktop files!

Any help for this newb would be appreciated.


I’m using linux via chrome os which while not supported directly, does appear to work - with the exception of the cursor bug.
version 2.4.2
installed via flathub/flatpak

Where do I find the desktop file on Fedora? It’s not in ~/Desktop.

That’s not the same issue. Chrome OS does not use Wayland.

(That’s where they are in Ubuntu)

Hi Steve,

haha, thanks for that (exposing my ignorance!)

I’m very new to linux and so am learning quickly (from the deep end).

I will keep researching as I still have that issue of teh cursor not tracking along with the audio as I play things (I did try installing an older version of Audacity and it did appear to work though).

Cheers for the very speedy help

using Manjaro 5.15.28-1
Gnome 41.3 with Wayland

config given by Steve did solve the problem, but comes with a typo

Exec=env GDK_BACKEND=x11 UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 audacity %Fz

last “z” letter give an error when audacity opens up. remove it and the problem disapear. final code is:

Exec=env GDK_BACKEND=x11 UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 audacity %F

Well spotted. Yes that was a typo. I’ve corrected it in my previous post.