Screen Recorders In Ubuntu


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There can be so many reasons when you need to record your screen. When I started using Linux, I used to record my screen whenever I had any problem and upload it to Linux communities.

Today I sometimes record my screen for demonstration purposes in my tutorials. Similarly, you can record your screen in Linux. In this article, I’m going to mention 5 Best screen recorders in Ubuntu. So let’s get started!  

Best Screen Recorders In Ubuntu

1. Simple Screen Recorder

Simple screen recorder is a very simple Ubuntu screencast recorder. The out of the box settings mean you can start using it without having to fiddle with it. It also has some pretty good customization options and features. You may pause and resume recording. It allows you to record the entire screen or just a portion and can record directly from OpenGL apps.

Install Simple Screen Recorder with the following commands -​

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder If you want to record 32-bit OpenGL applications on a 64-bit system - sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder-lib:i386 

2. Kazam Screencaster

Kazam is another very useful tool for Ubuntu screencast and screenshots. It is very popular due to its versatility. You may record the entire screen or just a portion, you may record audio from a compatible source to accompany to it. The features that it comes with include output recorded video in either VP8 or WebM formats and exporting videos directly to youtube.

Install Kazam Screencaster with the following commands -​

kazam screen recorder

3. recordMyDesktop

recordMyDesktop is both lightweight and powerful. It allows you to choose the quality of your both or either of your video or audio. The UI is pretty simple too. It also comes with a command-line tool that is responsible for both capturing and encoding. The only negative is the lack of Webcam support.

Install recordMyDesktop with the following commands –

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop 

4. ScreenStudio

ScreenStudio allows you to record HD video. It also allows for text overlay and there is support for webcam. You can stream directly to Twitch, UStream or Hitbox with text overlay. You may record in either FLV or MP4 format and alter the quality and size of the output. There are other extensive customizations that are also available. You should definitely check out ScreenStudio.

Install ScreenStudio with the following commands-​

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:soylent-tv/screenstudio
sudo apt update
sudo apt install screenstudio 

5. Shutter

Shutter is a very good option to consider when looking for a screen recording tool to use on Linux. With Shutter, you may edit the images you have captured without employing another tool. You may capture the entire screen or just a portion. The shutter is also pretty simple to use and allows you to share your creations just as easily.

Install Shutter with the following commands -​

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:shutter/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install shutter 
shutter screen recorder


​So that was it. I mentioned some of the really good screen recorders in Ubuntu. Personally, I like Kazam. It is simple and works out of the box for me. If you think there is a better screen recorder for Ubuntu, then let me know in the comment section below.