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How to install Ardour 5

asked 2017-03-29 15:10:39 -0500

charmedquark gravatar image

Ardour provides these directions for installing Ardour in linux:

cd /folder/where/you/saved/the/file /bin/sh ./<downloaded_filename>.run

I know that they work in Ubuntu. Will they work in Fedora also?


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answered 2017-03-29 16:57:15 -0500

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Ardour 5 is in fedora. Install it from the software centre or from the command line: sudo dnf install ardour5

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Thanks for your answer. As I said above, I'm in the early stages of learning Fedora, so I don't know where everything can be found.

charmedquark gravatar imagecharmedquark ( 2017-03-29 18:37:23 -0500 )edit

dnf search is your friend

fcomida gravatar imagefcomida ( 2017-03-29 19:40:58 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-03-29 17:51:22 -0500

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If you downloaded Ardour from the official website (by paying) it will install with the exact commands you mention.

It is also available free from the Fedora official repo sudo dnf install ardour5 , but this is a slightly different version.

If you are using the Fedora version you will have to use JACK as the audio system. The official one from the home site also lets you also choose ALSA.

If you use JACK then make sure you have it installed:

sudo dnf install jack-audio-connection-kit qjackctl

and add yourself to the jackuser group (to get access to settings you need):

usermod -a -G jackuser (your username)

You will need to set-up JACK for real-time priority and increased max locked memory to get low latency for Ardour.

This is a little in-depth, you can check out my blog post that explains all about it, I recommend you have a look at that before you do anything:

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Thanks for the detailed answer! I actually would like to install the latest version, and keep up to date with versions. I will definitely check out your post before I do anything. I just began to use Fedora again, and I'm in the early process of learning the ins and outs.

charmedquark gravatar imagecharmedquark ( 2017-03-29 18:36:25 -0500 )edit

Good luck! Fedora is the best, I love it!!!

David-LDA gravatar imageDavid-LDA ( 2017-03-30 16:10:37 -0500 )edit

A question for @David-LDA: will following the directions in your post about setting up Fedora enable low latency in Fedora? Thanks.

charmedquark gravatar imagecharmedquark ( 2017-04-01 06:34:53 -0500 )edit

Good question @charmedquark! Stock Fedora kernels are pretty low latency out-the-box when you use my guide to make sure JACK is setup properly. I am running multiple softsynths/audio tracks on an i5 at 8ms latency in JACK fine. If you want to go lower then you can use a special RT kernel available from There is a Fedora 25 repo, but the page is out of date. That sets up other stuff on your machine to optimize it too, but I have not fully tested it.

David-LDA gravatar imageDavid-LDA ( 2017-04-23 06:35:58 -0500 )edit

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