Drag and Drop

I am using a Mac with version OS X EI Capitan Version 10.11.4 and using Audacity 2.1.2.

After updating to the latest version of Audacity I have found that I can no longer drag and drop into Audacity. Is anyone else having this problem? If so is there a fix?

What are you dragging and dropping? If you updated from a very early version of Audacity, it’s possible you need to also update your FFMpeg add-on software.


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It’s a bug in Audacity 2.1.2. It’s been fixed in the development code, so the fix will be in the next release. You should still be able to drag files to the Audacity icon in /Applications or in the Dock, or import the file from the Audacity File menu.

Audacity 2.1.1 is still available, but of course if you use that then you miss out on features and bug fixes that are new in 2.1.2.
All the old releases are here: Audacity download latest version

Thanks for giving me a update on the fix. I just find drag and dropping in wav or mp3 files so much quicker.

Glad to know this. I’ve been chasing everything in my preferences, updating FFMpeg files, etc.

What’s the timeframe on the next build likely to be? This is a real crimp in my workflow since I pull a lot of music files in when I make podcasts. Way bigger deal than whatever the last .1 iteration changes were.


There are “nightly builds” quite frequently (though not every night). See: Missing features - Audacity Support
Please note the disclaimer from the website:

For advanced users, Nightly Builds are available for testing purposes. These are alpha builds from latest development code. Your help in testing and reporting bugs in these builds is invaluable. Note: These builds will definitely be less reliable than official releases. They should not be used as your production version of Audacity.

Also note: “Your help in testing and reporting bugs in these builds is invaluable.”

No release date has been set for Audacity 2.1.3, but you can be notified by email by registering your email address here: http://lists.audacityteam.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/audacity-announce
The release will of course also be announced here on the forum.