Alda is open source and available for free. You can run it from the command line on your Mac (10.13 High Sierra or newer), Windows, or Linux computer.
(If you’d like to try Alda without installing it, check out Severák’s unofficial Alda web workspace!)
Alda’s sound engine requires Java to be installed.
To verify whether or not you have Java installed, open a terminal and run
If you don’t have Java installed yet, we recommend downloading and installing the latest stable release of OpenJDK from Adoptium.
In a new terminal, run these commands to verify that you’ve installed Alda correctly:
If you’re having trouble, please don’t hesitate to ask for help in the Alda Slack group!
Once you’re up and running with Alda, we recommend: