a highly automated and intuitive digital audio workstation
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Zrythm is a digital audio workstation designed to be featureful and easy to use. It allows limitless automation through curves, LFOs and envelopes, supports multiple plugin formats including LV2, VST2 and VST3, works with multiple backends including JACK, RtAudio/RtMidi and SDL2, assists with chord progressions via a special Chord Track and chord pads, and can be used in multiple languages including English, French, Portuguese, Japanese and German.

Zrythm is free software written in C using the GTK+3 toolkit and can be extended using GNU Guile.

Home page

Current state

Zrythm is currently in alpha. Most essential DAW features are implemented and we are working towards a stable release. View the Roadmap


Supported plugins/instruments

  • Full support: LV2, VST2, AU, SFZ, SF2
  • Experimental: VST3

Support for all formats besides LV2 is possible thanks to Carla.

Supported backends

  • Audio: JACK, SDL2, RtAudio (ALSA/WASAPI/CoreAudio)
  • MIDI: JACK, WindowsMME, RtMidi (ALSA sequencer/Windows MME/CoreMIDI)

Supported platforms

  • GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, MacOS

Building and Installation



See the user manual.




See HACKING.md and the developer docs.



Mailing lists

See mailing lists on sr.ht.

Bug Tracker




Copying Zrythm

Zrythm is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

The full text of the license can be found in the COPYING file.

For the copyright years, Zrythm uses a range (“2008-2010”) instead of listing individual years (“2008, 2009, 2010”) if and only if every year in the range, inclusive, is a “copyrightable” year that would be listed individually.

Some files, where specified, are licensed under different licenses.

Additional terms under AGPLv3 Section 7

Zrythm and the Zrythm logo are trademarks of Alexandros Theodotou and are governed by the Zrythm Trademark Policy. You may distribute unaltered copies of Zrythm that include the Zrythm trademarks without express permission from Alexandros Theodotou. However, if you make any changes to Zrythm, you may not redistribute that product using any Zrythm trademark without Alexandros Theodotou’s prior written consent. For example, you may not distribute a modified form of Zrythm and continue to call it Zrythm, or include the Zrythm logo, unless explicitly allowed by the Trademark Policy.


If you would like to support this project please donate below or purchase a binary installer from https://www.zrythm.org/en/download.html - creating a DAW takes thousands of hours of work and contributions enable us to spend more time working on the project.

Copyright (C) 2018-2020 Alexandros Theodotou

Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification, are permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright notice and this notice are preserved. This file is offered as-is, without any warranty.