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Shutter: The Ultimate Linux Screenshot Program

Shutter is a free, open-source, and feature-rich screenshot tool for GNU/Linux distributions. I use this tool frequently when I am creating resources for this site or for our youtube channel and it has not yet let me down.

This tool is a GTK+ 2.0 screenshot application written in perl. You can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website. You can apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window.

How do I install shutter?

Simply type the following apt-get command to install shutter under Debian / Ubuntu Linux based system:
$ sudo apt-get install shutter
RHEL / CentOS / Fedora Linux user type the following command (turn on Fedora EPEL repo):
# yum install shutter

How do I start shutter?

Fig.01: Captured a cascading menu using shutter

Fig.01: Captured a cascading menu using shutter

Visit the following menu options:

Applications > Accessories > Shutter

Alternately, you can type the shutter command. Just starts shutter and takes a full screen screenshot of desktop directly:
shutter --full

You can start shutter in window selection mode to capture specific window (you need to select a window with your mouse):
shutter --window

Finally, you can start shutter in selection mode so that you can capture specific part of the screen:
shutter --selection

By default shutter will minimize and stay at systray as an icon. You can disable systray icon with the following option:
shutter --disable_systray
shutter --disable_systray --full

To see information about all other available options, run:
shutter --help


(Screenshot credit: Official project and nixCraft)

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A quick video demo that explains how to use shutter program to capture screen, window and apply effects:

(Video.01: Shutter software demo )

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{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Ray January 17, 2014, 10:24 pm

    An excellent tool – very functional. Unusually good for Linux.

  • Jalal Hajigholamali November 2, 2012, 9:28 am


    Thanks a lot…

  • nons3ns November 1, 2012, 1:25 pm

    thx, very nice.

    works with Mint 13, too :)

  • Mark October 30, 2012, 7:53 pm

    Very nice – works great in Ubuntu 12.10.

  • colin October 30, 2012, 12:46 am

    Hi Nixcraft

    Just a typeo
    “Applications > Accessories > Sutter”

    Good tool.

    • nixCraft October 30, 2012, 5:53 am

      Thanks for the heads up!

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