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To be able to hear your work in other media applications or players, you need to Export it to an audio file.

Alternatively, saving an Audacity project creates a project file (and linked _data folder) containing all your track contents, including labels and envelope points, so you can return to your work later exactly as you left it. However, other applications cannot read Audacity projects.

Audacity as shipped can export to a number of common audio formats including WAV, AIFF, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and MP2.

To export as MP3, the optional Lame MP3 encoder must be installed.

You can install the optional FFmpeg library to export to many more audio formats including AC3, AMR(NB), M4A, MP4 and WMA.

Please be aware that when using Export or Export Multiple Audacity will only export tracks that are not grayed-out by use of the Mute or Solo buttons in the tracks' Track Control Panels. So what you hear by previewing with playback prior to export is what you will get in the Exported audio file.
  • When using Export Selected Audio, however, Audacity will Export the selection from all selected tracks even if some if those tracks are grayed-out and inaudible on playback.
  • There will be a warning if you export with all audio tracks muted.

See Export Audio Dialog for more help with exporting.

Export Formats

There are a number of audio formats that Audacity, as shipped, can export to; others can be added with additional software.

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