v3.2 and v3.1.3 on same Mac

Hi folks

Can I have v3.2.1 and v3.1.3 on the same Mac? I’d like to try the new version but want to be able to go back to the old version easily, if I have any problems.



Mac M1 RAM 16GB running MacOS v 12.6 presently on Audacity 3.1.3

Yes, just install them in different named folders.

I have several older 64-bit versions on my Macbook Pro along with 3.2.1 current version, 2.2.2 latest beta test and 3,3,0 latest alpha test build.

Note that you can only run one version at a time though.



Thank you @waxcylinder.

I prefer to not make folders but just rename the .app file with a version number, which I guess is also in essence a folder.


rename the .app file with a version number

That’s dangerous.

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I can sense programmer/developer’s hair standing on end. I think if that works for you, you’re just lucky.

There’s an odd place you’re inviting troubles. If you run into an actual program bug or code damage, you won’t know if it’s an actual bug or a result of your name change.


Hmmm … I do that all the time with no problem.

Note that version 3.2.x will mess with your preferences if it is opened after an earlier version (for example, 3.1.1) has been opened. There are apparently enough differences between the preferences that the developers felt it was safer for 3.2.x to return to some defaults. 3.2.x will also re-enable all the default effects.

There is a way for each version of Audacity to have its own preferences, but I’ve never tried it.

– Bill

each version of Audacity to have its own preferences

Portable? I’ve never tried it, either. The down side if you have to install all your custom settings and extensions for each one. If you do things the way I do, you leave one out. “Son of a sea cook! Where did I put the framistat filter?”


Me neither, never felt the need for it - but Steve uses it (and sometimes recommends it)


Actually that’s what I do too on MAc (and also with no problem)

It’s on Windows that I use folders for different versions.


Here: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/portable_audacity.html

Unfortunately that page is now a bit out-of date with regard to Linux, but I think it’s still accurate for Windows and Mac.
The key phrase is:

Audacity checks if there is a “Portable Settings” folder in the same directory as the executable

Many thanks for the replies all. I decided to take the plunge. Point noted about renaming the app. That is something I’ve often done, also without any problems so far.