There are several methods for obtaining Swami, including: Linux live DVD images, application packages, the author’s Ubuntu Linux PPA, git source code repository, and source code release archives.

Live DVD Images

Joël Krähemann created a based live DVD image for  ags (Advanced GTK+ Sequencer) which contains Swami.  For more information visit his blog post here.

Application Packages

Details of obtaining application packages of Swami for different operating systems can be found below.  Note that the availability of packages for certain operating systems is lacking, in which case the only option might be to try building from source code.


Linux Logo

Many Linux distributions have Swami packages available through their package manager. Additional distribution-specific details are listed below. Feel free to send information for your particular distribution for inclusion in this documentation.

Ubuntu Linux

Swami can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Center, which will use the version packaged for the release of Ubuntu you have.

Note: If you are running Ubuntu, make sure you install Swami 2.2.1 or newer. Older versions shipped by the official Ubuntu repositories are broken and won’t start up!

As an alternative, look through community repositories whether they provide the latest release

To install swami, open a Terminal application and run the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install swami

Mac OS X

OS X LogoSwami has been known to work on OS X. Currently packages are not distributed directly, but will be in the near future.


Windows LogoSwami has been known to work on Windows. Currently packages are not distributed directly, but will be in the near future.

Source Code

Compiling Swami from source code can be an involved process, especially if not using a Linux based platform. More details on building and installing Swami can be found in the Installation documentation.

Git LogoThe latest Swami development source code can be found in our git repository. If you want the latest and greatest (hopefully!), this is the way to go. Click the git logo to go to the repository browser on GitHub where you can obtain the URL to clone the repository or download snapshot archives.

An alternative is to download source code release archives (by clicking the below link), which may be more stable than the git repository source code, although not as up to date.

GitHub Project Download