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What’s your favourite screenshot instrument on Linux?

As the saying goes, an image is value a thousand phrases, and whereas that is not all the time the case with terminal instructions and code, it nonetheless holds true for the graphical desktop. Screenshots seize exactly what’s in your display screen. I like taking them to have a report of who attends conferences, so I haven’t got to write down it down in the meanwhile. Or to seize a bug when doing UI testing. We all take them for various causes, although, and there are extra methods to take a screenshot than you may at first suppose.

I began fascinated about screenshots after Jim Hall wrote an article listing GNOME screenshots, GIMP, and Firefox because the methods he typically takes screenshots. And but that is only the start, as I shortly came upon after I requested authors how they every take screenshots.

Making a spectacle

(Seth Kenlon, CC BY-SA 4.0)

I take advantage of Spectacle. It works completely for my easy wants.

David Both

I take advantage of KDE. It ships with Spectacle, which appears to be answerable for taking a screenshot after I push the PrtScr (Print Screen) key.

A pleasant characteristic is that the default motion is to take a screenshot instantly once you press PrtScr, however then it brings up the Spectacle interface, so you may take extra refined screenshots (an oblong space, the window underneath your cursor, and so forth.)

Greg Pittman

Framing the shot

For a very long time I had needed to seize solely a small quantity of the display screen in a screenshot, not the entire thing, however struggled to understand how.

Since then I’ve put in KolourPaint. I open the total screenshot inside this system, and minimize out the half I wish to hold. Hope this might assist others struggling the identical screenshot dilemma!

Laurence Urhegyi

I take advantage of Shift+PrtSc to seize a small quantity of the display screen in a screenshot.

Agil Antony


Some time again I created an Elisp function to take a screenshot from Emacs.

Sachin Patil


(Seth Kenlon, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Flameshot, the one and solely! Nothing is lacking on this great instrument: doodling, arrows, including textual content, a pixelate instrument for blurring out delicate data, an autoincrementing counter bubble, save, copy, the power to open the screenshot in a particular software, and the record goes on and on. Once I put in it, I’ve by no means seemed for the rest!

A pleasant trace: when putting in from Flatpak, you may wish to use Flatseal to grant entry to your own home folder, in any other case the Save dialog will really feel considerably empty.

Tomasz Waraksa


present=$(date +%H-%M-%S-%d-%m-%Y).png
if [[ -z "${1}" ]]; then
   import -window root "${HOME}/${current}" # All display screen
   import "${HOME}/${current}" # Custom screenshot

notify-send "Screenshot ${current} taken successfully!"

—Suporte Terminal Root


(Seth Kenlon, CC BY-SA 4.0)

As a principally GNOME Desktop consumer, I used to be joyful taking screenshots with the common PrtSc, Ctrl+PrtSc, or Shift+PrtSc keys. My favourite is Shift as a result of it permits me to pick out an space of the display screen.

Recently, GNOME lately launched an improved screenshot instrument once you merely hit PrtSc. I have never even used it that a lot but, so I’m trying ahead to making an attempt it out totally on some future articles.

Alan Formy-Duval

As a glad GNOME consumer, I’ve been utilizing the built-in screenshot instrument. With the older model, I might screenshot a window with Shift+PrtSc. Now I simply use PrtSc and choose the area with the instrument. I like the brand new one higher, but when I had to return to the outdated, that’d be OK too.

Chris Hermansen

XFCE Screenshooter

(Seth Kenlon, CC BY-SA 4.0)

I’ve been utilizing XFCE currently, and xfce4-screenshooter has been doing a superb job. Like the remainder of XFCE, it is minimal however extremely useful, with choices to seize your entire display screen, the lively window, or only a area. You may even activate or deactivate whether or not the mouse cursor is included within the shot.


Grim and Slurp

I’ve a enjoyable little alias that I take advantage of for screenshots:

alias sshot='; grim -g "$(slurp)" screenshot-$(date +%s).png 2> /dev/null'

It lets me draw a rectangle on my display screen, and it captures simply that space. The command makes use of grim and slurp, each out there within the Fedora repos.

But this solely works on Wayland. On X11, you may substitute them with maim and scrot.

Mohammed Saud

Your screenshot instrument

What’s your screenshot instrument of selection? Tell us within the feedback!

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