Zrythm has a Preferences dialog containing all of the global settings that can be accessed by clicking the gear icon or with Control-Shift-p


Preferences dialog#

Preferences are grouped by sections, such as General and Plugins, and each item in the preferences contains a tooltip that explains what it does.


Zrythm must be restarted for changes to take effect.


The preferences are searchable. You can simply start typing a keyword and results will appear automatically. Clicking on one of the results will navigate to the corresponding item in the preferences.


Searching the user preferences#

Notable Preferences#

Below is a list of notable preference items with some comments about them.

Backend Selection#

The audio/MIDI backend in under General ‣ Engine controls which audio engine implementation Zrythm will use to receive input from and send output to devices. JACK/JACK MIDI is the recommended backend combination on all systems.

Input Devices/Controllers#

In order to be able to record input from MIDI/audio devices, the devices must be explicitly enabled using the MIDI controllers and Audio inputs settings under General ‣ Engine.

Zrythm will ignore input from any devices not explicitly enabled.

Undo Stack Length#

The size of the undo stack, found under Editing ‣ Undo controls how far back you can undo user actions in a given project. For example, if set to 128, you can go back 128 (undoable) user actions.


The undo history is saved inside Zrythm projects, so you can still undo even after you load the project in a new instance of Zrythm.


Setting this to a very large number will increase the size of project files and it may take longer to save/load projects. We recommend leaving it to the default value.

Backup Saving#

Zrythm can save backups automatically while working on a project. You can specify the interval to do this, in minutes, under Projects ‣ General. To disable auto-save, set the interval to 0.

User Interface Language#

The language of the user interface can be changed under UI ‣ General.

Reset to Factory Settings#

There is an option to reset Zrythm to its default settings under General ‣ Other.

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This behaves similarly to zrythm --reset-to-factory.