2 Easy Ways To Make Screenshots in Ubuntu

Discover the tools and ways to take screenshots or screenshots in Ubuntu 16.

In certain occasions, we must take screenshots of a particular application or program or the whole screen that we are working as support, teaching or some administrative management.

Screen capture in Ubuntu using Shutter

Shutter has been designed to capture screen in Linux environments using various options and thanks to this it has become one of the most used applications for the whole issue associated with screen capture in Linux systems.

Shutter Features:

  • Take capture of a specific area.
  • Take a screenshot of the entire desktop.
  • Capture a website
  • Capture a specific menu .
  • Apply special effects to the capture.
  • Add text and other forms to capture.
  • We can pixelate the image to increase the degree of privacy.
  • Automatic increase of the image.
  • We can share the image in different places in a simple way.
  • It has export tools.
  • It has a magnifying glass to increase the size of the image in certain places.
  • Shutter supports FTP servers and cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.
  • We can crop the image and decrease its size.
  • Integrated editor with great features.

For the installation of Shutter we must install a PPA repository for its correct execution, for this we open a terminal console and enter the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shutter/ppa

Once installed the repository we will enter the following command for its update and installation in Ubuntu 14.04/16.04/16.10/18.04:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install shutter

Once installed, we proceed to execute Shutter from the option Search on the computer:

When running the application, we will have the following:

There we see the options offered by Shutter both desktop and window. Once we take the desired capture, we will have the following result.

From this window, we can use the Edit option to access the multiple options offered by Shutter.

Shutter is one of the best options available for taking screenshots in Linux environments.

Screen capture in Ubuntu using Command Line

The terminal in Linux is a powerful tool for multiple tasks of management and support, within these tasks screen captures, are included.

To make use of the command line in Linux, we must use Scrot which is a command that offers alternatives such as:

  • Assign a timer for the capture.
  • Select a particular region.
  • Define the format of the image.
  • Add thumbnails, etc.

Scrot works with maim to help us in the process of capturing screens and editing them, scrot takes the screenshot and maim trims the images.

To install Scrot on Ubuntu 14.04/16.04/16.10, we will use the following command:

sudo apt install scrot

To use it with a timer we can use the -dy parameter and the time in seconds, additional we will assign the name to the image and its format:

In this example, we have taken the capture of the desktop with a delay of 3 seconds, and we have assigned the name solvetic.jpg. We can see the saved image correctly.

The multiple parameters that we can use with Scrot are:

See the scrot version

scrot -v

Capture the current window

scrot -u

Select a special window.

We can use the following parameter and click with the mouse on the window to be captured.

scrot -s

Include borders in the screenshots

scrot -ub

Use the timer to capture

scrot --delay 5 o scrot -d 5

Image quality: This is measured on a scale of 1 to 100, and its syntax is as follows, the higher the number indicates more size and less compression.

scrot –quality (number)

Create thumbnails

scrot --thumb (thumb_number)

Make capture of multiple monitors

scrot -m

We check that we have several tools available to manage screen captures in Linux with numerous editing and customization options always looking for the best alternatives.

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