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Installing SWS Extensions and ReaPack for Reaper

For both of these, we’re going to installing .so files in Reaper’s “UserPlugins” directory.

Open Reaper and in the top menu, go to Options -> “Show REAPER resource path in explorer/finder…”

This will open up the Dolphin file browser in KDE Manjaro (if that’s what you’re using, like me) to where Reaper’s “stuff” is.

In the upper right corner of Dolphin, there’s a Split button, and if you hit that, it will give you a side by side file view, making it much easier to install these.

Click your way to where you extracted the files (for me, my Downloads folder) and drag the .so file into the the UserPlugins folder in the Reaper directory.

For me, these Reaper files are located at ./config/Reaper/

Restart Reaper and you will notice an Extensions menu option in the top menu. Yay, now you can do hundreds of more things with Reaper.

Downloading the Linux sws / s&m extension

These extensions really extend what you can do with and how you can customize Reaper. I’m a noob, but everyone says they are a must install.

Their website is sws-extension.com, but I could only find Windows and Mac downloads on there. After some searching, I found a link on a forum to their pre-release page, and I downloaded what might be a slightly unstable but cutting edge build of these extensions, but yolo.

After downloading, extract the file and you’ll see 3 folders. This is basically a template for where you should put these files. Drag reaper_sws-x86_64.so over to “UserPlugins”. I also dragged the other files included to where the folders seem to suggest.

ReaPack is a Package Manager for Reaper

Installing ReaPack is basically the same. Go to the ReaPack website and download the Linux (beta) x86 64-bit if you’re on Manjaro like me, and after extraction, put it in the same “UserPlugins” folder as above.

Now (re)start Reaper and go to the Extensions menu, scroll down to ReaPack, and choose Manage Repositories. I clicked on Options to choose “Install new packages when synchronizing”, before hitting OK and taking a short walk.When I installed ReaPack with the default repositories they suggest, it installed 2,807 scripts.

I can’t believe how easy it was to just add another whole layer of stuff to Reaper, and how easy it is to integrate the work of coders and the community.

Check out this midi note splitter from the Kawa scripts. Seems like the easiest way to do fast hi hat patterns (like in trap, for example) in Reaper.


I’m overwhelmed by the options and tools and extensions and scripts for Reaper, but also completely inspired by the journey of trying to set up this DAW the way I like to work. There is a lot of power here!

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