Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I need to create some screencast tutorials, and I would like to animate my mouse for this purpose. E.g. Ideally I would like my mouse to be highlighted, to use an animation when clicking, and possibly to show click and drags. Can anyone suggest a solution?

I am happy using gtk-record-my-destop for the screencasts.

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

If you are using compiz (part of Ubuntu's Unity DE) you can install ccsm and there is a mouse option that adds spinning objects around the mouse, you can reduce there spacing to 0 or near it so it will be right on the mouse, if you need to record the keyboard presses/mouse buttons you can use keymon (the debs do not install the program, just dependencies); also i think kazam works better than gtk-record-my-desktop

share|improve this answer
Thanks for the suggestions, GM-Script-Writer-62580, key-mon is very helpful. Thank you very much for that. I do have ccsm installed, but the advanced search doesn't pull up any mouse options like you describe. Where might I find that? I have tried kazam, and it is nice too. Both kazam and gtk-record-my-desktop work fine for me. – Sam Copeland May 12 '13 at 19:56
try installing compiz-plugins – GM-Script-Writer-62850 May 12 '13 at 22:59
older versions of ubuntu use compiz-plugins-extra – GM-Script-Writer-62850 May 12 '13 at 23:09
Many thanks for the clarification GM, the ccsm mouse settings do suit my needs. – Sam Copeland May 13 '13 at 14:11

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.