Audacity for Chromebook

audacity-160pxAudacity is a free and open source audio editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s a great, simple editor for single audio tracks. Although it isn’t available for Chromebook, there are some neat alternatives.


TwistedWave supports Google Drive, and even looks visually similar to Audacity. However, it’s limited to editing 30 second long clips without an account – you can log in (currently free) to edit clips up to 20 minutes long.

Den Hoopingarner’s MP3 Recorder

Den Hoopingarner’s portfolio contains an excellent option from Chromebook users – a flash widget that records audio, offers trimming, and encodes it to MP3 for download. Very simple and useful. Thank you to a kind commenter for pointing this out!

Den Hoopingarner MP3 Recorder
Den Hoopingarner’s MP3 Recorder

HTML 5 Audio Tool

The HTML 5 Audio Editor from Plucked is an online audio editor derived from parts of Audacity. Since your Chromebook runs the Web Audio API in Chrome, this editor works great – just drag and drop audio and process with some simple effects like normalisation or linear fades.

HTML 5 Audio Editor
HTML 5 Audio Editor

8 thoughts on “Audacity for Chromebook”

  1. Recording mp3 audio directly to your Samsung Chromebook is possible. The two online mp3 audio recorders (both rough around the edges) mentioned in the article below worked on my Samsung Chromebook and Windows 7 office PC. I think Dennie Hoopingarner’s Flex/Flash mp3 recorder worked the best, and with a trim feature included. Both use Flash to do all processing on the client-side (no media server required), but that also means that the amount of memory on your device will be a limiting factor on the size of the audio clip you can produce. Still, I created both 5 and 10 minutes clips. The 10 minutes audio took another 6 minutes to convert into the mp3 format, but this was just about the extra time that the HIFICORDER app (on my HTC EVO 4G Android phone) took to complete the finished product.

    Still, I would hope that Google would include this type of app in Google Docs. It wouldn’t cost them much to find a programmer (or purchase a world-wide license for an already developed product) to develop it. There is no need for a media server, so they wouldn’t have to pay for that… however, I guess people would begin to save their mp3 clips to the Cloud and that would eat up drive space.

  2. The HTML 5 Audio Editor require you to drag and drop file to edit them. Chromebook doesnt support drag and drop from the file manager to the browser.

    Twistedwave free edition has a limit of 30 seconds of audio. If you want to edit a whole song, you have to pay.

    1. I just rechecked the HTML5 audio tool – the drag and drop actually works great. You’re right about Twistedwave’s limit for unregistered use though, I’ve put up a note about that, but I don’t believe they charge (yet) for signing in.

  3. Great post! I’m looking for a solution for the teachers I work with. They would like to create online spelling tests for their students using either Moodle or Google forms. Are there any speech to text tools out there that will allow a user to type in a word and download the recording or save to Google Drive? Basically a student would click on a speaker icon and the word would be read to them. The student can then type the spelling in the text box.

    1. This is a fascinating question. The best speech to text tool I can think of is Google Translate – it’s got a little “speak this word” button you can click. You *should* be able to record the output with one of the tools on this page (I haven’t tested this though). Good luck!

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