7 Best Snipping Tools for Ubuntu

Snipping tools are applications that capture or record screen. In Ubuntu, there is a built-in screenshot tool available to serve the purpose. However, various other tools can also be installed and used to serve the purpose. This post has briefly explained the features and installation method of the 7 best snipping tools for Ubuntu.

The list of the tools described in this post are as follows:

Let us dig into the first snipping tool from the list:

GNOME Screenshot

GNOME-Screenshot is the default snipping tool of Ubuntu, and it comes pre-installed on Ubuntu.

When users press the “Print Screen” button from the keyboard, the menu appears on the screen from where they can choose the area which you want to capture. Likewise, it also allows the users to make a screen recording of different installations and use them in blogs.

The good thing is that GNOME Screenshot is GUI interfaced, and everyone can use this tool easily.

Features of GNOME Screenshot

Some of the salient features of the GNOME Screenshot are listed below:

  • Simple in use
  • Allows to customize the shadow and effects of borders
  • Allows to capture screenshots after a specified time

Installation of GNOME Screenshot in Ubuntu

To install the GNOME screenshot in Ubuntu (if not installed), use the command:

$ sudo apt install gnome-screenshot -y

Let’s get into the second tool.


GIMP is another tool that is used for editing images and was developed by GNU. Besides editing the images, it can also take screenshots in Ubuntu. You can use Gimp to capture the full and half screen and save the image after making necessary edits. And also, you can set the timer, after which the GIMP can capture the image. For example, you have set it if 5 seconds, then after 5 seconds, whatever the screen is being opened, it will capture it.

Features of Gimp Screenshot

Some of the salient features of Gimp are listed below:

  • Painting support
  • Number of images can be opened in a time
  • Support animations
  • Support many image formats

Installation of Gimp Screenshot in Ubuntu

To install the Gimp in Ubuntu, use the command:

$ sudo apt install gimp -y

Now, have a look at the third tool.


Shutter is also the most popular tool of Linux, which is used to capture the screens on Linux. It is used to capture the specified area, complete desktop, windows, menu, or the complete website page. The best thing about the Shutter is it not only helps the users to capture the screen but also edit the captured images.

Last but not least thing that is necessary to tell the users that Shutter is the snipping tool that allows users to share their captured images by uploading them on different platforms.

Features of Shutter

Some of the salient features of the Shutter are listed below:

  • Can take screenshots of the entire screen
  • Apply different effects on the captured screen
  • Upload the screenshots to the host website

Installation of Shutter in Ubuntu

To install the Shutter in Ubuntu, add the PPA repository first:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linuxuprising/shutter

Then update all the packages:

$ sudo apt update

Finally, install shutter using the command:

$ sudo apt install shutter -y

Let’s get to the next tool.


Flameshot is open source and powerful screen-capturing application in Linux. This application can be managed through the command-line interface and the Graphical interface. This also supports different keyboard shortcuts by which the screen capturing can be managed on Linux.

Features of Flameshot

Some of the salient features of the Flameshot are listed below:

  • Free and open source software
  • Highly customizable
  • Intuitive
  • Command line interface support
  • In-app screenshot editing support

Installation of Flameshot in Ubuntu

To install the Flameshot in Ubuntu, run the command:

$ sudo snap install flameshot

Now, let’s get into the next tool.


ScreenRec is another tool to capture images and record screens for different purposes. Press the button, and it will record not only the screen but also the audio and video using the webcam. You can put comments on the captured screenshots as well. The privacy of the captured images is also guaranteed, and you can share the captured images and screen recordings by saving them on your computer.

Features of ScreenRec

Some of the salient features of the ScreenRec are listed below:

  • Allows the sharing of captured screens
  • Records the audio from a webcam
  • Lightweight screen recorded and no lags in operation
  • Cloud recording technology support

Installation of ScreenRec in Ubuntu

To install the ScreenRec, first download the GPG key of the ScreenRec package using the command:

$ sudo wget -q -O - https://screenrec.com/download/pub.asc | sudo apt-key add -

Now, add the repository of the ScreenRec:

$ sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://screenrec.com/download/ubuntu stable main'

Update the packages of the Ubuntu with the command:

$ sudo apt update

Then install the package by using the command:

$ sudo apt install screenrec -y

The 6th tool in the list is explored below.


Image Magick is a tool that is used to edit pictures and can convert images in 200+ formats. Besides this conversion and editing of the images, it can also be used to capture the screens. This tool can be installed on Ubuntu and can be used by running simple commands.

Features of ImageMagick

Some of the salient features of ImageMagick are listed below:

  • Allows editing the screenshot by resizing and rotating
  • Free to download in Linux
  • Allows customization of the image colors

Installation of ImageMagick in Ubuntu

To install ImageMagick on Ubuntu, run the command:

$ sudo apt install imagemagick -y

Let’s get into the last one.


Kazam is used for both purposes; capturing and recording screens. It is similar to the GNOME Screenshot in that when it is used, a graphical interface appears on the screen with the option to either screen record or capture the screen.

Moreover, it also asks the user whether to capture the whole screen or only a specified area of the screen.

Features of Kazam

Some of the salient features of the Kazam are listed below:

  • Supports the keyboard shortcuts
  • Records the audio from the speakers and microphone
  • Records the screen of the computer
  • Allows the capturing of screen

Installation of Kazam in Ubuntu

To install the Kazam on Ubuntu, execute the command:

$ sudo apt install kazam -y

That’s all from this guide!


The 7 best snipping tools for Ubuntu are GNOME Screenshot, GIMP, Shutter, Flameshot, ScreenRec, ImageMagick, and Kazam. All these tools are effective enough to capture a snip of a specific screen. This post has demonstrated the features and the installation methods of these 7 tools on Ubuntu.