Ableton Live Tips: How to Automatically Arm Tracks for Recording


Hey what’s good fam! Here’s another workflow tip that I’ve been using for years, and also one that I’ve been asked about multiple times.

I wanted to show you how to use the Options.txt file in Live to add the functionality of auto-arming tracks when you select them.

The Options.txt file is pretty cool, it allows you to enable some “hidden” or “experimental” features in Live.  One thing to keep in mind about these options is that they can stop working at any time as they aren’t “officially” supported in Live.

Many of the options you can enable are useful for very specific situations and probably not something everyone would need. However, this one is something I thought many people could use and it’s one I’ve been using for many years.

You can either create the options.txt file yourself and drop it in the proper location, or you can download it below.

Download “Auto Arm Options.txt” – Downloaded 957 times – 179 B

For reference I’ve included the proper file locations as well.

  • Windows: \Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Ableton\Live x.x.x\Preferences\
  • Mac OS: /Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Ableton/Live x.x.x/

You can learn more about the options.txt file on the Ableton site:

Let me know if you find this useful or if you have any questions!


  1. Thanks for the tip…the only disadvantage I see is if you are working in multiple “armed” tracks at a given time…I sometimes do this for spontaneity, bouncing from track-to-track if I am going to alter the sound or change settings (in an arpeggiator or step sequencer) and I would definitely want the track I bounced from to stay “armed”…I would think there should be a command you could use in the “options.txt” file that would allow this else, just continue to manually “arm” the tracks before starting.

  2. Thanks for watching fam! If you manually record arm multiple tracks then it will not automatically disable the tracks when you select other ones, so you could still work that way if you want.

    • I’m not sure, as i said, this isn’t an officially supported feature but I haven’t run into that issue personally. I can hit record in the transport bar and auto-arm still works for me.


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