Looking for screen capturing application for your Ubuntu desktop? Here are 7 popular graphical tools you can try.
1. Gnome Screenshot
First of first, if you just want to take a screenshot. use the default screenshot tool by pressing PrintScreen, Alt + PrintScreen, or Shift + PrintScreen on keyboard to take screenshot of whole screen, focused app window, or selected area.
You can also launch the tool by searching for
screenshot from system application launcher.
Flameshot is a powerful yet simple to use screenshot software. It starts as indicator applet with option to capture selected rectangular area.
The software features editing tools around screenshot selection area. As well, it supports for uploading to Imgur, and commands.
To install Flameshot, either search for and install it via Ubuntu Software or run command in terminal:
sudo apt install flameshot
Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot application with a built-in editor.
It’s one of must installed applications on my Ubuntu. The software features:
- Capture rectangular area.
- Capture active window, or select an app window to capture.
- whole screen, workspaces.
- Capture app child window.
- Capture menu or cascading menus from an app.
- Capture tooltips.
- Upload to Dropbox, Imgur, etc.
- Edit with built-in editor, or auto-open with other system image editor.
Ubuntu removed Shutter from its universe repositories due to old Gnome 2 dependency libraries. Now, the project is working on removing old libraries and getting back to Ubuntu main repositories.
To install Shutter, either install snap package, or run commands one by one to get it from PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shutter/ppa sudo apt update sudo apt install shutter
Screencloud is a screenshot sharing software that works on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS.
It starts as an indicator applet offers menu options & keyboard shortcuts to take screenshot of selection, full-screen, and window.
Screenshot URL is automatically copied to clipboard, if you have pre-defined settings, for easy sharing with your friend. Supported online services include: Dropbox, Imgur, Google Drive, OneDrive, FTP/SFTP, Shell Script.
The software is available as Snap, so you can easily install it from Ubuntu Software. For choices, an Appimage is also available to download in the link below:
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.appimage package, make it executable in file “Properties -> Open With” dialog, and finally run it to launch the tool.
If you edit images regularly with GIMP image editor, try its built-in screenshot function by going to menu File -> Create -> Screenshot ….
You’ll see a child window with options to capture window, full-screen, and selected area. And screenshot will be opened in a new GIMP window automatically.
Ksnip is a Qt-based screen capture with a built-in editor. It works on X11 and Gnome / Plasma Wayland.
It includes most features that other screenshot tools have (e.g, upload to Imgur, hotkeys, etc), and can be a great alternative to Shutter. Although
it’s not perfect at the moment, the development is updating regularly.
Kazam is a simple screencast application which also include features to capture screenshots. Similar to the default Gnome screenshot, it only offers basic options to capture, full-screen, window, and selection area.
To install Kazam, either use Ubuntu Software, or run command in terminal:
sudo apt install kazam
There are also many other screenshot tools (e.g., KDE Spectacle, Deepin screenshot, xfce4-screenshooter, lximage-qt) that are either not desktop independent, or not working good in my case.
So the previous 7 tools are the best for Ubuntu so far in 2020 in my private opinion.
very nice… i really like your blog. Very useful informations. Thx
Nice article. I have one question…how do I set the PrtSc key to run a specific screenshot program?
You have to edit keyboard shortcuts. Here’s the info for Ubuntu: https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/keyboard-shortcuts-set.html.en
Flameshot — loved
I was a fan of Shutter, but now use Flameshot. Both work well, but I like how FS more effectively allows for easy editing of captured images.
I’ve update from Ubuntu 20.10 to 21.04. So far i used ksnip on my Ubuntu and on Win10 in the office. It worked perfectly. But after the upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 ksnip is very annoying. In the past i was just pressing the print key and then i could get a screenshot of a rectangle area. But now… I have to open the ksnip editor, press “new” , click on “options”, choose “choose capture area”, click on “take photo”, choose screen area, click “share” and then i can edit the screenshot. Ok, that is due to wayland, but is is simply annoying…..
Thanks for the tip on kazam. Nice simple get the job done tool. For some reason my alt+ prn scr does not work on this system inside UBUNTU 20.04. This works fine.
Edit for shutter:
ppa:linuxuprising/shutteris depricated in favor of ppa:shutter/ppa
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shutter/ppa
To install Gnome Screenshot use
apt install gnome-screenshot
thank you! I’ll use frame shot.