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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 still in a beta 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 this project, join us on GitHub. More information on the Git setup page.


We distribute Giada as 64-bit binary files for Windows, macOS and Linux. more specifically:

  • on Windows — Windows Vista or greater;

  • on macOS — macOS Sierra 10.14 or greater;

  • on Linux — Giada is packaged as an AppImage and can run on many distributions (including Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS, elementaryOS, Linux Mint, and others). What you need:

    • glibc version 2.23 or greater;

    • libstdc++ version 3.4.21 or greater;

    • JACK installed.

You can also build Giada from source. More information in the Compiling from source page.

How to run Giada

Go to the Download area, grab the package for your operating system, unzip it if required. Then:

  • on Windows and macOS — Double-click on the program icon to start Giada;

  • on Linux — Mark the .appimage file you have downloaded as executable. For example, on the command line:

    chmod +x Giada-1.0.0-x86_64.AppImage

    Now double-click on the .appimage file to start Giada.

    Alternatively, you can download Giada from the package manager of your favorite distribution. Giada is available on Debian, Ubuntu, Arch Linux and many more.

The configuration file

Giada saves its configuration in 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.