This quick tutorial shows how to install ‘Audio Recorder’, a simple lightweight audio recording utility, in all current Ubuntu releases.

Though there are a few audio recording apps available in Ubuntu Software, Audio Recorder is a good choice that features:

  • small and lightweight.
  • Record audio from system’s soundcard, microphones, Rhythmbox player, webcams & more.
  • Built-in timer
  • Output format support: OGG, M4A, FLAC, MP3, WAV, SPX.

Although Audio Recorder is available in Ubuntu Software via Snap package (runs in sandbox), it’s large in file size and not working very well.

To install the native Ubuntu .deb package, do following steps one by one:

1.) Open terminal from application menu, then run command to add the official PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:audio-recorder/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts, and hit Enter to continue.

2.) After adding the PPA, run command to install the recorder:

sudo apt install audio-recorder

For Linux Mint, you may run sudo apt update before this command.

Uninstall Audio Recorder:

To remove the PPA, open Software & Updates utility and navigate to ‘Other Software’ tab. Then choose the repository line and remove it.

To remove the audio recorder, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove audio-recorder