When it comes to explaining complex topics, there is nothing better than a screenshot as a helpful tool. As is well known, a picture is worth a thousand words. As an Ubuntu user, there are now many methods available to you to take a good screenshot: keyboard shortcuts, terminal commands, and more.

However, if you're looking for something more than a simple screenshot, e.g. For example, a screenshot with additional editing or other style effects, these tools are probably not enough. Fortunately, Ubuntu supports a number of screenshot tools that you can use to capture a screen on your terms.

To start with, we have the GNOME screenshot app that comes pre-installed with Ubuntu. If you're just looking for regular, light work, in most cases this app should work for you. Some of its functions include:

  • Multiple shortcuts to take screenshots

  • Take screenshots with your mouse

  • A handful of editing functions

  • Is preinstalled with GNOME

  • Option to add frames to screenshots

It can't compete with other apps in terms of additional editing effects, but if you just need screenshots of email attachments, browser tabs, etc., this tool is more than enough.

GIMP, short for GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a powerful third-party screenshot application available to Ubuntu users. It is free software, which means that you can freely use, copy, modify, or even improve it.

GIMP is a breeze if you're looking for an app with advanced editing capabilities. The app is a complete package. That means regular users and experts alike can use it. Aside from taking screenshots on Ubuntu, you can also use it for sophisticated editing tasks such as:

  • Graphic design

  • image editing

  • Image creation

  • Create symbols and clip art clip

First released by some college students in 1998, GIMP has come a long way since then and is still going strong. So it also has the stability factor in its favor. If you want to try it out, you can install it directly using the Snap command:

sudo snap install gimp

The system installs GIMP on your system in a few seconds.

To take a screenshot with GIMP, launch the application and select the option from the main menu File> Create> Screenshot.

In the next dialog box, choose the type of screenshot you want; H. whether you want to record an entire screen or cut out a specific area. Then click on Snap to record the screen.

Shutter is another free, open source screenshot tool that is popular with the Ubuntu community. It's different from GIMP in that it only specializes in screenshots.

With Shutter, you get the following options:

  • Capture the whole window

  • Record a specific screen

  • Crop a specific area of ​​a website

  • Take a screenshot of a specific menu

And it's not just a regular screenshot app like the GNOME screenshot tool. There are other features you can use to tinker with these screenshots such as: B. Editing, cropping and exporting. You can also add plugins to change the editing style.

To install Shutter, enter the following commands in the terminal and press Enter.

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa: linuxuprising / shutter
sudo apt-get install -y shutter

The app installs within a few seconds and you can launch it directly from the Ubuntu application menu.

Kazam is a versatile tool that allows you to take both screenshots and screen recordings. If you feel that at some point your work will require you to record a video of your screen, then you should definitely install Kazam.

To install the app, enter the following command:

sudo apt-get install kazam

The system will install Kazam automatically and you can then start it from the application menu. Kazam allows you to record the screen or take screenshots in a variety of ways, including cropping a full screen, a specific region, or an entire window.

It is a simple and lightweight utility that can take both screenshots and screen recordings. Also, it's a little different from other tools on this list in that it doesn't have an app with a GUI. You can only use it with the command line.

If you enjoy using the command line, you will love Scrot. How to install it on Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install scrot

After the installation is complete, you can take a screenshot by typing the following command:


The default is At home Directory contains all the screenshots that you take.

If you want to capture a specific area of ​​your desktop, use the -s Flag with the standard command:

scrot -s

After performing the above command, click and drag over the area you want to capture, then release to take the screenshot. There are many different tricks and shortcuts for taking a screenshot with Scrot.

ImageMagick is free, open source software popular for creating, converting, and manipulating raster images. As an added feature, users can also take a screenshot, which is great in itself.

Similar to Scrot, you'll need to use the command line to run the ImageMagick app. Also, in addition to the screenshot options, it has many features that may come in handy in the future, such as:

  • Conversion of an image type to another (e.g. JPG to PNG)

  • Convert a sequence of images to a GIF

  • Adding special effects to an image

  • Make certain areas of your image transparent and more.

To install ImageMagick on your system, enter the following command in the terminal and press Enter:

sudo apt-get -y install imagemagick

To capture the entire screen with ImageMagick:

import -window root file1.jpg

This will capture the entire screen and save the image with the name file1.jpg by doing At home Directory. Aside from taking screenshots, there are a ton of other things you can do with ImageMagick.

Related: How To Manipulate Linux Images With ImageMagick?

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Thanks to its open source culture, Ubuntu has plenty of free apps to switch to. Any of the apps on this list can help you take screenshots with ease. Hopefully you have found what suits your needs.

For those who do not want to install a screenshot app on their system, there are several websites available that allow you to easily take screenshots of websites online.

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About the author

Shaant Minhas
(48 published articles)

Shaant is a staff writer at MUO. As a graduate in computer applications, he uses his passion for writing to explain complex things in plain English. When he's not researching or writing, he can enjoy a good book, run, or hang out with friends.

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