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Introduction, installation and first run

Giada is an open source, minimalistic and hardcore music production tool. Designed for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians.


Giada is in a constant stage of development and may lack of some functionalities which could make it hard to use. Please see the changelog file inside the package to understand the direction of development. Giada is obviously full of bugs, too. So please join our forum and submit any malfunction or suggestion.

If you are a coder / programmer / developer / hacker and you want to collaborate with the project, join us on GitHub. More information on the Git setup page.

How to run Giada

Go to the Download area, grab the package for your operating system, unzip/untar it. Now double-click on the program icon to start Giada. No installation or setup needed.

If you are on Linux and you have installed Giada through your package manager, you should find a shortcut in your main menu.

The configuration file

Giada saves its configuration inside a file called giada.conf, generated somewhere in your filesystem:

  • Linux —/home/[your_user]/.giada/giada.conf;
  • Mac —[your_home]/Library/Application Support/Giada/giada.conf;
  • Windows — in the same folder of the binary file.

If you accidentally delete or alter it, the default setup will be used. This file is restored the next time you quit the program.