Moved AUP and _data file TOGETHER, but now cannot open them


I’m on OS X 10.8.5, am using Audacity 2.0.4, and I think I obtained Audacity with the .dmg installer.

I cannot open my AUP files, even though they are not only WITH the _data folder, but they all share the same name. Yes, I moved them. So after a bit of poking around, I learned they needed to have the original path to open in Audacity. Alas, after moving them back to their original location, they still will not open. Is all hope lost for these audio tracks?

In 2011, Billw58 (Forum Staff) said: “Note that the .aup file and _data folder don’t need to be in their original location, they just need to be together in the same location. Also the _data folder must have exactly the name specified as in the “projname=” part of the .aup file.”


I’m hoping this still applies to the newer Audacity version. That said, my _data folder has the exact same name as the AUP folder. It’s in the same location. Even though it was moved, it’s back along it’s original path. Yet it still won’t open in Audacity.

Please help!

Thank you!

  • Emily Rose

Don’t. Simple as that. If you want to rename or move an Audacity project, File > Save Project As… . Nothing else.

What Bill wrote is correct.

Note the AUP file must not be in the _data folder.

Any WAV or AIFF files you imported into the project, without copying them in, need to be in the same absolute location as when you first imported them. This location is given after “aliasfile=” in the AUP file or is shown in File > Check Dependencies… in Audacity .

Restart Audacity. Try to open an AUP file that is giving you this problem. Tell us the exact text of the error message you see. Then attach the AUP file. Please see here for how to attach files: .