How To Install Reaper on Ubuntu Studio 20.04


So, it’s been awhile since I have played around with Ubuntu Studio and I have always like the distribution in the way it is packaged and the realtime kernel for Audio, Video and Graphics tasks. One of my favorite DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is Reaper. In  the past to run Reaper you had to use WINE or other methods but as luck would have it they have been releasing a version for Linux so I thought would give it a try.


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For the post I am using Ubuntu Studio 20.04 running on an Intel Core 2 Duo with 8 GB RAM, 250 GB SSD and 1 TB SAS HD with an Nvidia GT610 graphics card. Nothing fancy but good enough for medium Audio and Video production. For the installation directory we will be using ~/reaper (~ is your home directory).


First we need to download Reaper from select the x86_64 bit version. At the time of this post the release is 6.09.

Extract the downloaded file to ~/reaper which will create the reaper_linux_x86_64 sub directory. Open a terminal session and change to ~/reaper directory. There are a few requirements for Reaper.


  • libc6, libstdc++ for gcc 4.x or later
  • libgdk-3 (you can also target headless or libgdk-2 if you build your own libSwell from WDL, see below)
  • ALSA

First let’s address the first bullet point for the requirements for libc6, libstdc++. From the terminal type:

Once the installation is done we can now tackle the libSwell requirement. We do this by downloading from the Cockos GIT repository and running make.

At this point we are ready to run make. There are several options you can pass but for this instance we are just taking the defaults.

If all goes well you should see and several other files in the directory.

Next step is to create a link for Reaper to find the library.

You can run REAPER directly from the extracted directory by navigating to REAPER/ and run “reaper”.

If you would like to install REAPER to your system (either globally in /opt, or in ~/opt) and/or integrate with the desktop environment, you can run the included “” script from the terminal. It will offer you choices on how to proceed. If you choose to install REAPER, the script will also generate an uninstall script in order to remove it at a later date. For my preference I already have Reaper where I want it so we will choose to integrate with the desktop option.

From the terminal in the ~/reaper/reaper_linux_x86_64 directory execute ./

Reaper Install Script

Select Option “A” and press enter. Once  the script has run a shortcut will appear under Audio Production menu in Ubuntu Studio. Click on it and you are presented with the Reaper interface.

Reaper Main



I hopes this helps you to enjoy using Reaper on your Ubuntu / Ubuntu Studio installation. Happy Recording!

2 Responses to “How To Install Reaper on Ubuntu Studio 20.04”

  1. Luis Torrijos says:

    Any tips on how to uninstall reaper? I am having issues uninstalling it.

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