27 Mar 2016
Ableton 9 in Linux

for years i’ve been wanting to use Ableton Live in Linux, and finally it works 😀 not sure why they dont do an official version, as from what i’ve read, the method used to run Live in Linux, is the same as the one Ableton used to get it running on OSX (another Nix OS); ie a translation layer which converts the Windows library/DLL calls into something that OSX or Linux can understand.

Wine Library for Ableton 9 32bitUsing Wine, i’ve got the 32bit version of Ableton 9 running without to much faff, but the 64bit version is proving more difficult, i cant get past the accept license page of the installation program :( if anyone knows of a solution, i’d love to know! I’ve setup all the libraries (see little image), graphics, audio, but i’m out of ideas now

For now i’m happy to play with the 32bit version, running off of SSD so i dont have the same latency issues as with a hard-drive, although it would be very useful to have full access to the 16gb of RAM; esp for my full live set 5MeO-DNB…that said, its going to be a good few months of testing and load/stress testing before i trust linux with a live set! …and i still need to work out the latency of the system, fingers crossed for <5ms

Ableton 9 in LinuxAuthorizing – this bit didnt want to work, I tried setting various browsers as default, but none of them would automatically Authorize ableton, in the end I did a manual authorization, downloaded the auz file to the laptop, and then realized I couldnt drag the file directly from the linux file manager onto Ableton; doh! so I faffed around a bit, using the Ableton browser and the “view file in explorer” option on the right click menu, i managed to open up the Wine File Manager, from there i could find the auz file and drop it onto ableton, done 😀 …i’m sure there is a simple way to open the wine file browser (“Windows Explorer”…almost), but i dont know what the simple way is lol

NB: I’m not in any way providing the above library information with any guarantee that it will work for you, i’ve installed ableton, got sound out of it, loaded clips and saved a project, nothing more, and definitely nothing complicated…it may well fall apart when i test it properly lol


  • John Miszt
    March 27, 2016

    updated post with a few bits of info on how i dealt with some problems during installation; they are probably not the quickest ways to sort it, but they worked!

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