Install Sound Recorder on Raspberry Pi

Sound Recorder

Record audio from the microphone
This is a very simple app but it gets the job done easier than a more complicated choice such as VLC or Audacity.
You have to plug in an audio input device such as a webcam or USB microphone or USB sound card, then make sure it is set as default by right-clicking on the microphone icon on your taskbar.

To run: Menu -> Sound & Viceo -> Sound Recorder
To run in a terminal: gnome-sound-recorder


  1. In testing, the recorded audio quality was just a loud buzzing sound and impossible to hear anything else. If this happens to you, try changing the Audio Channel to Mono instead of Stereo.
  2. You are supposed to leave the recorded audio in the app, and to actually save the audio somewhere, you are supposed to "export" it to a folder of your choice. But pro users may just want to access the audio right where it is, so here is the folder for saved recordings: ~/.local/share/org.gnome.SoundRecorder

Fortunately, Sound Recorder is very easy to install on your Raspberry Pi in just two steps.

  1. Install Pi-Apps - the best app installer for Raspberry Pi.
  2. Use Pi-Apps to install Sound Recorder.


For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS, which is currently version Bookworm.
Raspberry Pi OS has 32-bit and 64-bit variants, both of which will run on most Raspberry Pi computers, including the Pi 3, Pi 4, and Pi5.
Sound Recorder will run on either PiOS 32-bit or 64-bit.

Install Pi-Apps

Pi-Apps is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to install the most useful programs on your Raspberry Pi with just a few clicks.

Open a terminal and run this command to install Pi-Apps:

wget -qO- | bash

Feel free to check out the Pi-Apps source code here:

Install Sound Recorder

Now that you have Pi-Apps installed, it is time to install Sound Recorder.
First launch Pi-Apps from your start menu:

Then click on the Multimedia category.

Now scroll down to find Sound Recorder in the list.

Just click Install and Pi-Apps will install Sound Recorder for you!

Pi-Apps is a free and open source tool made by Botspot and other contributors. Find out more at