I am trying to enable the Edit button in Shutter. I installed the application from Ubuntu Software and are using Ubuntu 18.04.

After taking a screenshot the Edit button is disabled. And when hovering the mouse pointer over the button the text "Goo::Canvas/libgoo-canvas-perl needs to be installed for this feature" is shown.

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I have tried to install the package libgoocanvas2-perl and restarted the computer, but the edit button is still not enabled:

sudo apt install libgoocanvas2-perl

That is the only package I can find.

Anyone that knows how to fix this?


I found a solution here: http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2018/04/fix-edit-option-disabled-shutter-ubuntu-18-04/. I can confirm that it works for Budgie 18.04.

  1. Download and install the libgoocanvas-common and libgoocanvas3 packages.

    Either use Gdebi package installer (available in Ubuntu Software) or run command in terminal (press Ctrl+Alt+T) to install the package:

    sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/libgoocanvas3_1.0.0-1_amd64.deb
    sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/libgoocanvas-common_1.0.0-1_all.deb
    sudo apt-get -f install
  2. Finally download & install libgoo-canvas-perl package:

    Also install the package via Gdebi or terminal command, since Ubuntu Software doesn’t solve dependencies automatically:

    sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/libgoo-canvas-perl_0.06-2ubuntu3_amd64.deb
    sudo apt-get -f install

To apply changes, kill Shutter process or restart your computer!

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    budgie, I tested it in Lubuntu 18.04 and it worked, too! Great! – Redbob May 4 '18 at 16:30
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    This solution worked on kde plasma as well. – EricC Jul 19 '18 at 18:31
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    I had to install "libgoocanvas-common" before "libgoocanvas3". Otherwise, fab! Let this stand as an example of how to write a great answer! Just spell it all out. Wish i could give you more than one upvote! – Reb.Cabin Aug 22 '18 at 20:07
  • Shutter can not be killed by killall it will not complete shutter on tab because it is ran under perl process. So it is needed to killall perl, or, more safe ps ax | grep shutter then kill <shutter PID>. – Serge Sep 7 '18 at 3:49
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    How about adding the (official?) shutter PPA (which seems to also contain the libgoo libs) and do it all in sudo apt-get install libgoocanvas-common libgoo...? Update: apparently a bad idea: various errors around the liboo packages... PPA appears in poor shape. – Frank Nocke Oct 14 '18 at 19:24

There is unofficial PPA with newer version of Shutter plus the required dependencies for Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10. See https://www.linuxuprising.com/2018/10/shutter-removed-from-ubuntu-1810-and.html

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linuxuprising/shutter
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install shutter

and restart Shutter.

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    This is the better solution in my opinion. – user1050421 Jan 30 at 20:43
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    didn't work for me no Edit button – scythargon Feb 22 at 18:57
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    Doesn't give me a working Edit button either. – Reinier Post Apr 4 at 23:18
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    Make sure your restart Shutter after installing it from the PPA. – Logix May 28 at 14:09
  • THANK YOU! I uninstalled shutter, added this PPA, restarted, updated and reinstalled--works perfectly. – Matthew T. Scarbrough Jul 7 at 23:19

Thanks to the answer of budgie. That solution worked fine for me as well.

Just to clarify in this thread, this is what I did:

  1. Downloaded these three packages in Chrome:

  2. Clicked on the downloaded files in Chrome (or File Browser) and installed the package with Ubuntu Software.

  3. Restarted the computer and then the Edit button was enabled.

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    You don't have to restart the computer. Just kill the Shutter process. – Omar Tariq Jul 19 '18 at 18:16

Quick solution, just copy and paste these to your terminal:

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 libgoocanvas-common_1.0.0-1_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i libgoocanvas3_1.0.0-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i libgoo-canvas-perl_0.06-2ubuntu3_amd64.deb
sudo apt -f install

Then restart Shutter and enjoy!

More details here: https://medium.com/@thucnc/how-to-enable-edit-option-in-shutter-on-ubuntu-18-04-e8b2c8dcc58

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    didn't work for me - no Edit button – scythargon Feb 22 at 18:58
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    @scythargon what version of Ubuntu do you have, and can you share the output of the commands? – thucnguyen Feb 26 at 10:38
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    thank you I've already managed to do this somehow – scythargon Feb 28 at 8:43
  • Worked on Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS – WooYek Aug 6 at 9:11

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