How to Install Green Recorder 2.0 in Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10, 17.04

Last updated: March 6, 2017


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.


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