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WaveSurfer free download for Mac


Version 1.8.8p6

Open-source tool for sound visualization and manipulation.

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WaveSurfer overview

WaveSurfer is an Open Source tool for sound visualization and manipulation. It has been designed to suit both novice and advanced users. WaveSurfer has a simple and logical user interface that provides functionality in an intuitive way and which can be adapted to different tasks. It can be used as a stand-alone tool for a wide range of tasks in speech research and education.

Typical applications are speech/sound analysis and sound annotation/transcription. WaveSurfer can also serve as a platform for more advanced/specialized applications. This is accomplished either through extending the WaveSurfer application with new custom plug-ins or by embedding WaveSurfer visualization components in other applications.


  • Customizable - users can create their own configurations
  • Localization support
  • Extensible - new functionality can be added through a plugin architecture
  • Embeddable - WaveSurfer can be used as a widget in custom applications
  • Transcription file formats - reads, and writes HTK (and MLF), TIMIT, ESPS/Waves+, and Phondat
  • Support for encodings and Unicode
  • Multi-platform - Linux, Windows, OS X

What’s new in version 1.8.8p6

Updated on May 08 2020

Note: Although Finder indicates that this is version 1.8.8p6, the developer states that this is version 1.8.8p6.1

  • Drag-and-drop support! (osx and windows)
  • Scroll wheel support re-added and improved (mysteriously missing in 1.8.7)
  • Mac osx 10.5 crash fixed
  • Mac osx yellow-spectrograms bug fixed (new snack binary)
  • Re-added license info file (LICENSE.txt)
  • New startup option --show-console (useful for tracking startup problems in wrapped apps)
  • Default configuration can now be set from within the choose-configuration dialogue
  • GUI tidying-up - more tile widgets, removed several hard-wired color specifications
  • Modified snack::getOpenFile to allow for raw files on all platforms





10.9 MB



App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
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Oct 11 2014
Oct 11 2014
Version: 1.8.8p4
Download link is for the Windows version. Find the Mac version here: http://iweb.dl.sourceforge.net/project/wavesurfer/wavesurfer/1.8.8p4/wavesurfer-1.8.8p4-osx-i386.dmg
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