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This page is an overview of the audio plug-in formats supported by Audacity.
Audacity has cross-platform support for LADSPA, LV2, Nyquist and Vamp plug-ins, and platform-specific support for VST and Audio Unit plug-ins.

Types of plug-in

Audacity can use the following types of plug-in effects:

How do you add plug-ins to Audacity?

On Windows and Mac, you can put LADSPA, Nyquist and VST plug-ins in the Audacity "Plug-Ins" folder.

  • On Windows, the Audacity "Plug-Ins" folder is usually at C:\Program Files\Audacity\Plug-Ins (or C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity\Plug-Ins on 64-bit computers)
  • On Mac, the Audacity plug-ins folder is usually at ~/Library/Application Support/audacity/Plug-Ins
For extra paths from which Audacity can load LADSPA, Nyquist and VST plug-ins, and paths for LV2, Vamp and Audio Unit plug-ins, see the respective links in "Types of plug-in" above.
  • On Linux, plug-ins can be added to:
/usr/local/share/audacity/plug-ins or

Free plug-in downloads

Gale 12Aug14: Add links for LV2 (none working?) and Vamp downloads.


  • No real-time effects: Audacity cannot yet preview an effect while changing the parameters of the effect. Audacity cannot yet apply effects to audio while it is playing or recording.
  • VST instrument (VSTi) plug-ins that generate sound are not supported. 64-bit VST plug-ins are not supported, nor are VST 3 plug-ins.

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