Top 5 Best Ways to Take Screenshots on Linux

Sharing what you see on your desktop is what we do on a daily basis right? Seems like taking and sharing screenshots have become a part of our lives now. What if I say you can take screenshots in ways that feel like a piece of cake? Yes, in this article I will tell you the most convenient ways to take easy screenshots on Linux. Basically, Linux provides a bunch of prevalent tools for taking screenshots. If you face trouble in using one, you can easily move on to the other.

Here is the list of best ways to take a screenshots on Linux:

1. Shutter

Shutter was one of the most preferred tools on Linux until it became unavailable on Ubuntu’s official repositories (that’s where it was pulled off the limelight). It has got many other features other than taking screenshots. This tool totally lives on your expectations. You can take a screenshot on shutter easily by following these steps:

  1. Run the Shutter App
  2. Click on the Selection, Desktop, or Windows button to take the screenshot of your selected screen area.

2. Kazam

Kazam is people’s favorite because of its multi-functionality. Yes, Kazam takes static screenshots as well as video shots of your desktop, isn’t it amazing? For taking screenshots/screen recordings, it offers you two modes, one is “Screencast” and the other is “Screenshot”. Let’s tell you about the “Screenshot” process:

  1. Click on the Screenshot option
  2. Now, you have to select from some additional options, like if you want to include either the mouse cursor or the window border in your screenshot
  3. Set the capturing time (like how much seconds you want to wait before the capture)
  4. At last, click the Fullscreen, Window, or an area to capture

3. ImageMagick

There is no way you haven’t heard about this tool. ImageMagick is an amazing image-processing tool that has existed for ages! The part that can take screenshots also is the most amazing one. This tool works logically yet it’s the simplest. What I mean to say is you don’t get menu options with this tool. This one is a command-line tool.

  1. To capture any area of your desktop, you can enter in a terminal: import  name_of_file.jpg
  2. Now, you have to select what area you want to capture exactly and it will be saved as a “name_of_file.jpg” file.

Note: You can change the format of the file anytime you want

4. ScreenCloud

As its name suggests, screen cloud depends on your network connectivity. ScreenCloud can capture your whole screen, a window, or a freely selected rectangular area. After selecting the area you can simply capture and save it to a file. The best part is, you can upload your screenshot to a bunch of cloud services. You can upload it to Ubuntu One, Dropbox, Imgur, or FTP.


We can nickname it as an “All-in-one” tool as you get amazing image-editing tools along with it. so basically you can spare your precious GBs and use this one to take screenshots and edit the images. Here is how you can take a screenshot with GIMP:

  1. Firstly, run GIMP on your desktop
  2. Now, select File > Screenshot
  3. That’s it! just select the space where you want to save the screenshot
  4. Now the amazing part, you can crop your image and edit filters as per you desire

This is how you can capture and share anything and everything you see on your Linux. So, which method do you prefer from the best ways to take screenshots on linux that we have listed, do comment below.

Read Also: Best Ways To Take Screenshots on Mac

Jasmeen Kaur

Jasmeen Kaur

A Content Writer, who never stops preaching and practicing every day in order to add interest and value to the readers' lives.

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