Help! Is my file corrupted?

Audacity won’t open my file, and searches indicate that it might be corrupted.
Can anyone help?
Podcast 25 Dec 26 2019.aup (372 KB)

This one isn’t just corrupted. It’s blank.

You can check this yourself by opening it in any text editor such as NotePad or TextEdit.

It’s supposed to have semi-English instructional words in it similar to this.

A healthy one will have your show name burned into it (red box).

You might get a blank one if you stopped Audacity or shut down the machine before Audacity got a change to write it. It saves the AUP file last.


It’s actually filled with non-printable “NULL” characters, but effectively the same as being empty. (You can see that there is “something” in the file by the file size).

Which version of Audacity are you using? (look in “Help menu > About Audacity”). If it is not “Audacity 2.3.3”, I would strongly recommend that you update so as to reduce the risk of this occurring again. The latest release version of Audacity is always available via the Audacity website: Audacity ® | Download for Windows

It’s actually filled with non-printable “NULL” characters

What’s “show me everything” in SHELL or TERMINAL?


If you have the “hexdump” command:

hexdump -C "filename" | more

(note that “*” in the output means that the data is repeated)


od -t x1 filename

Alternatively, most Scite / Scintilla based text editors can indicate non-printable characters (