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Portable Audacity

Permanent link to this post Posted by carlmart » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:22 am

Is it possible to assemble a portable version for Audacity?

Installing it every time I change computers or new Windows installs is really a pain.

Now I can't make Audacity to recognize mkv files, so I can import it and convert the DTS audio to AC3. Eventually I will find a way, but it's taking a time I could be using doing other things.
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Re: Portable Audacity

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:49 pm

To make a portable version of Audacity for Windows:
  • Download the "Audacity 2.2.2 zip file" from here: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/
  • Extract the Zip archive to your thumb drive (or wherever),
  • Open the extracted folder (you should see "audacity.exe" in there)
  • Create a new folder in there, and name the new folder "Portable Settings"
To run the portable version, double click in the "audacity.exe" file (you can also make a link to that file for easier access).
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Re: Portable Audacity

Permanent link to this post Posted by qubodup » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:38 pm

Cool trick! But it has to be named "Portable Settings"
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Re: Portable Audacity

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:02 pm

qubodup wrote:But it has to be named "Portable Settings"

Yes it does, thank you. I've corrected the typo in my previous post.
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Re: Portable Audacity

Permanent link to this post Posted by carlmart » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:59 am

And what will go into that Portable Settings folder?
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Re: Portable Audacity

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:56 am

carlmart wrote:And what will go into that Portable Settings folder?

When Audacity finds a "Portable Settings" folder, Audacity uses that (rather than the default locations) for the following files and folders:
  • AutoSave (folder)
    Audacity creates one "autosave" file for each open project. These are for internal use only and are part of the automatic recovery mechanism in the event of a crash or forced shutdown.
  • Chains (folder)
    This is where Audacity looks for and saves "Chains" (see: http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/chai ... ation.html)
    In future versions of Audacity, this will be called "Macros".
  • Plug-ins (folder)
    This is an additional location for plug-ins. Audacity looks for ug-ins here, in addition to the other plugin search path locations.
  • audacity.cfg (file)
    This is Audacity's main configuration file. User "Preference" settings are saved here. Audacity also uses this file for storing other configuration data, such as windows size / position, toolbar layouts, recent file list, device selection ...
  • pluginregistry.cfg (file)
    This is where Audacity keeps track of plug-ins that are installed and enabled. Each plug-in is "registered" with a unique base64 hash signature so that Audacity can distinguish between different versions of a plug-in.
  • pluginsettings.cfg (file)
    This is where Audacity saves the savable settings for plug-ins. The plug-ins are referenced by their unique base64 hash signature.
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