Force Audacity to scale to High DPI screens (*ubuntu)

I’m running Ubuntu Gnome on a Dell XPS 13 9343 (Early 2015) with a 3200 x 1800 pixel (QHD+) display.

I’ve been trying to use Audacity but I can’t get it to scale to a higher DPI so the application is almost unusable without craning in for a very close look at the screen.

Does anyone know a way of either forcing a different resolution/dpi on start up (flags?) or if anyone else has come up with a smart work around to the issue.

Just to underline the rest of the system (especially any Gnome related software) scales beautifully, so i don’t want to issue system wide scaling as it makes everything from firefox to menu bars unnecessarily bloated.

Does Audacity support high dpi on Linux?

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It affects all platforms.


Unfortunately Audacity is not yet fully DPI aware or High-DPI aware. Some parts that are High-DPI aware have too large text.

If you have not already done so, you could see if setting a custom resolution for Audacity might help:

Let us know if you find a good method.