Shutter is a free, open-source, feature-rich, and ultimate Linux screenshot program screenshot tool for GNU/Linux distributions. I use this tool frequently when I am creating resources for this site or my youtube channel, and it has not yet let me down.
This tool is a GTK+ 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 the ultimate Linux screenshot Program?
Simply type the following apt-get command/apt command to install shutter under a Debian / Ubuntu Linux based system:
$ sudo apt-get install shutter gnome-web-photo libgoo-canvas-perl
$ sudo apt install shutter gnome-web-photo libgoo-canvas-perl
RHEL / CentOS / Fedora Linux user type the following yum command (turn on Fedora EPEL repo):
# yum install shutter
How to fix disabled edit button in Shutter in Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS
Some libs are missing as this package is not updated in ages and removed from version 18.04 LTS. But, fear not, you can fix it quickly as follows. You need to type the following wget command and dpkg command/apt command:
$ sudo apt install shutter
$ wget https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/libgoocanvas-common_1.0.0-1_all.deb
$ wget https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/libgoocanvas3_1.0.0-1_amd64.deb
$ wget https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/libgoo-canvas-perl_0.06-2ubuntu3_amd64.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
$ sudo apt --fix-broken install
Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Correcting dependencies... Done The following additional packages will be installed: libextutils-depends-perl libextutils-pkgconfig-perl The following NEW packages will be installed: libextutils-depends-perl libextutils-pkgconfig-perl 0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 21 not upgraded. 1 not fully installed or removed. Need to get 24.7 kB of archives. After this operation, 65.5 kB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 libextutils-depends-perl all 0.405-1 [15.5 kB] Get:2 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 libextutils-pkgconfig-perl all 1.16-1 [9,260 B] Fetched 24.7 kB in 1s (31.1 kB/s) Selecting previously unselected package libextutils-depends-perl. (Reading database ... 280309 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to unpack .../libextutils-depends-perl_0.405-1_all.deb ... Unpacking libextutils-depends-perl (0.405-1) ... Selecting previously unselected package libextutils-pkgconfig-perl. Preparing to unpack .../libextutils-pkgconfig-perl_1.16-1_all.deb ... Unpacking libextutils-pkgconfig-perl (1.16-1) ... Setting up libextutils-depends-perl (0.405-1) ... Setting up libextutils-pkgconfig-perl (1.16-1) ... Processing triggers for man-db (2.8.3-2) ... Setting up libgoo-canvas-perl (0.06-2ubuntu3) ...
How do I start 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:
You can start shutter in window selection mode to capture specific window (you need to select a window with your mouse):
Finally, you can start shutter in selection mode so that you can capture specific part of the screen:
By default shutter will minimize and stay at systray as an icon. You can disable systray icon with the following option:
shutter --disable_systray --full
To capture a webpage, run:
$ shutter --web=https://www.cyberciti.biz/ -e
To see information about all other available options, run:
$ shutter --help
Usage: shutter [options] Options: Example 1 shutter -a -p=myprofile --min_at_startup Example 2 shutter -s=100,100,300,300 -e Example 3 shutter --window=.*firefox.* Example 4 shutter --web=http://shutter-project.org/ -e Capture Mode Options: -s, --select=[X,Y,WIDTH,HEIGHT] Capture an area of the screen. Providing X,Y,WIDTH,HEIGHT is optional. -f, --full Capture the entire screen. -w, --window=[NAME_PATTERN] Select a window to capture. Providing a NAME_PATTERN (Perl-style regex) ist optional. -a, --active Capture the current active window. --section Capture a section. You will be able to select any child window by moving the mouse over it. -m, --menu Capture a menu. -t, --tooltip Capture a tooltip. --web=[URL] Capture a webpage. Providing an URL ist optional. -r, --redo Redo last screenshot. Settings Options: -p, --profile=NAME Load a specific profile on startup. -o, --output=FILENAME Specify a filename to save the screenshot to (overwrites any profile-related setting). Supported image formats: You can save to any popular image format (e.g. jpeg, png, gif, bmp). Additionally it is possible to save to pdf, ps or svg. Please note: There are several wildcards available, like %Y = year %m = month %d = day %T = time $w = width $h = height $name = multi-purpose (e.g. window title) $nb_name = like $name but without blanks in resulting strings $profile = name of current profile $R = random char (e.g. $RRRR = ag4r) %NN = counter The string is interpretted by strftime. See "man strftime" for more examples. As an example: shutter -f -e -o './%y-%m-%d_$w_$h.png' would create a file named '11-10-28_1280_800.png' in the current directory. -d, --delay=SECONDS Wait n seconds before taking a screenshot. -c, --include_cursor Include cursor when taking a screenshot. -C, --remove_cursor Remove cursor when taking a screenshot. Application Options: -h, --help Prints a brief help message and exits. -v, --version Prints version information. --debug Prints a lot of debugging information to STDOUT. --clear_cache Clears cache, e.g. installed plugins, at startup. --min_at_startup Starts Shutter minimized to tray. --disable_systray Disables systray icon. -e, --exit_after_capture Exit after the first capture has been made. This is useful when using Shutter in scripts. -n, --no_session Do not add the screenshot to the session. This is useful when using Shutter in scripts.
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