Where does Audacity search for Plugins and can it be changed?


I am tinkering with Audacity 3.0.3 (just released) and was wondering if there is a setting that tells Audacity where to search for plugins.

I copied a bunch of plugin .dll files to the plug-ins directory which works fine, but I am also seeing other plugins from other directories when I go to Add/Remove Plugins. I was wondering how Audacity knows to look in places other than the plug-ins directory? Can we change where it searches?



The search path varies depending on the type of plug-in.
See: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/installing_effect_generator_and_analyzer_plug_ins_on_windows.html

For VST plug-ins. the correct way to do that would be to modify the “VST_PATH” environment variable.