Animated GIF Recorder ‘Peek’ 1.0.3 Released [Ubuntu PPA]

June 17, 2017 — Leave a comment

peek Animated GIF recorder

Simple animated GIF screen recorder Peek 1.0.2 and then 1.0.3, with packaging fixes, were released a few days ago.

Peek provides a simple user interface allows you to select a screen area to record by moving and resizing the window. There’s a countdown after clicking on the ‘Record’ button.

peek recording area

Peek 1.0.2 / 1.0.3 come with bug-fixes, translation updates and small tweaks:

  • Finish and save recording when closing the app while rendering
  • Highlight file when launching Dolphin file manager
  • Use raw video for recording GIF with GNOME Shell recorder (fix poor video quality)
  • fix app failed to record MP4 when dimensions where not divisible by 2
  • fix the countdown issue.
  • fix that close window while recording could leave temp files behind
  • fix notification in KDE Plasma, Cinnamon and XFCE
  • Place close button on the left on all desktops
  • Translation updates, added man page.

How to Install Peek GIF recorder in Ubuntu:

The developer has made the packages into PPA repository, available for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and derivatives.

Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for “Terminal” from app launcher, when it opens, run commands:

  1. Add the Peek stable PPA:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peek-developers/stable
  2. Then check updates and install peek via commands:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install peek

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package from your system from PPA packages page.


To remove the screen recorder, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove peek

You can also manage the PPA repository by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

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