Install Simple Screen Recorder 0.3.8 in Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10

Last updated: November 10, 2016


Simple Screen Recorder, an open-source feature-rich screen recorder, sees a new release recently, almost one year after the last.

SimpleScreenRecorder is a screen recorder for Linux. Despite the name, this program is actually quite complex. It’s ‘simple’ in the sense that it’s easier to use than ffmpeg/avconv or VLC, because it has a straightforward user interface.

What’s New in the latest SimpleScreenRecorder:

  • Added support for latest FFmpeg/libav.
  • Make relaxed GLInject permissions actually work.
  • The backend now supports fragmented recording, but there is no GUI for this yet.
  • System tray icon now indicates errors during recording.

How to Install Simple Screen Recorder in Ubuntu:

The new release has been made into its official PPA for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and their derivatives.

To install it, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and follow the steps below:

1. Run command to add the PPA (type your password when it asks and hit Enter):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder

2. Update your system package index via command:

sudo apt update

3. Finally install the recording software via command:

sudo apt install simplescreenrecorder simplescreenrecorder-lib

To record 32-bit OpenGL applications on a 64-bit system, run:

sudo apt install simplescreenrecorder-lib:i386


To remove SimpleScreenRecorder, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove simplescreenrecorder simplescreenrecorder-lib

And the PPA can be removed via System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.


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2 responses to Install Simple Screen Recorder 0.3.8 in Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10

  1. Very informative! Thanks for showing clearly how to record computer screen. I always use acethinker screen recorder to make screencast on my ubuntu laptop, It is a free web-based tool that lets you record your screen right from your browser. It doesn’t require you to install any additional plug-ins or add-ons.

  2. can’t record camera