Capture / Record Ubuntu Desktop Screens on Ubuntu 18.04 / 18.10

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Ubuntu desktop comes with built-in screenshots taking app or a tool to capture one’s desktop screens without installing additional programs or software.

This post shows you how to use Ubuntu built-in screenshot tool to take desktop screenshots easily.

Sometimes you may want to take pictures or record videos of what’s going on your screen to show to someone remotely.

Pictures and videos speak louder than words. This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to use Ubuntu 18.04 / 18.10 screenshots and screencasts feature to capture the desktop screen.

The pictures and videos captured doing a screenshot or screencasts are just normal picture and video files that you can send to anyone or upload to the Internet for people to view. By default the picture and video files are stored in the Pictures and Videos folders of your home directory.

To learn how to get screenshots / screencasts of your Ubuntu desktop, follow the steps below:


Logon to your Ubuntu desktop and select Activities overview from the top left corner of your screen. Then on the Activities overview, search for Screenshot. This should show the Screenshot program that you can use to capture your screen.

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Next, open Screenshot from the Activities overview. In the Screenshot window, select whether to:

  • Grab the whole screen
  • Grab the current window
  • Select area of the screen to grab

Set a delay if you need to select a window or otherwise set up your desktop for the screenshot. Then choose any effects you want.

Click Take Screenshot

If you selected Select area to grab, the pointer changes into a crosshairs. Click and drag the area you want for the screenshot. In the Save Screenshot window, enter a file name and choose a folder, then click Save.


You can make a video recording of what is happening on your screen: Press Ctr — Alt — Shift –R to start recording what is on your screen.

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A red circle is displayed in the top right corner of the screen when the recording is in progress. Once you have finished, press Ctrl — Alt — Shift — R again to stop the recording.
The video is automatically saved in your Videos folder in your home folder, with a file name that starts with Screencast and includes the date and time it was taken.

This is how to capture your screen in Ubuntu 17.10


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