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Found that your desktop screen recording applications do not launch in Ubuntu 17.10 default Wayland session?

Well, try Green Recorder, the first desktop program to support Wayland display server on GNOME session.

Green Recorder is a GTK+ 3 application written in Python that features:

  • Record audio and video on almost all Linux interfaces.
  • Support mkv, avi, mp4, wmv, gif and nut (only WebM for Wayland)
  • A play button to play last recorded video.
  • Right-click system tray icon to stop recording.
  • Choose the audio input source from list.
  • Run command after recording.

How to Install Green Recorder in Ubuntu 17.10:

The latest Green Recorder 3.0.5 features a lot of small fixes and restrcutered UI. You can install it in Ubuntu 17.10, and Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 17.04 via its official PPA.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossproject/ppa

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then run commands to check repository packages and install the recorder:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install green-recorder


To remove the desktop screen recorder, simply run following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove green-recorder

And remove the PPA via Software & Updater utility under Other Software tab.


Green Recorder is a simple yet functional Linux desktop recorder written with Python and GTK+ 3. Since 2.0 release, it supports Wayland on GNOME session.

Green Recorder uses ffmpeg libraries and so far supports mkv, avi, mp4, wmv and nut (And only WebM for Wayland’s GNOME session). With it, you can record a running window or select an area to record.

The changelog in Green Recorder 2.0 includes:

  • Added Wayland Support (GNOME Session).
  • Added ability to select a specific window.
  • Added ability to select a specific area.
  • Added ability to show/hide mouse cursor.
  • Added ability to follow mouse cursor.
  • Added ability run a command after finishing recording.
  • Indicator now checking for ffmpeg before running.
  • Fixed some issues about multi-recordings.


green recorder select area

To install the desktop recorder, open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T keys, and then run following commands one by one:

1. Run command to add the Green project PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mhsabbagh/greenproject

Type your password (no visual feedback) when it prompts and hit enter.

green recorder ppa

2. Then install green-recorder package either via Synaptic Package Manager (after click refresh):


or by running following commands in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install green-recorder

How to Remove:

To uninstall the software, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove green-recorder && sudo apt-get autoremove

To remove the PPA repository, go to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.