I have Ubuntu 18.04 (updated from 17.10 where I had the same problem), and when I use it with Wayland, I cannot use any screen capturing/recording apps. For instance, when I try to take a screenshot with Shutter, I get a weird pattern instead of what's actually on my screen: shutter

I know I can just switch to GNOME/Ubuntu on Xorg, but sometimes that's not an option. Is there a fix for this? Or a certain app that works as it should on Wayland?


The default Screenshot (gnome-screenshot) application should work fine. Search for it in the "Activities" overview or use the Prt Sc key. You can capture your whole screen just by running


For the GUI, run

gnome-screenshot -i


gnome-screenshot -h

to see all possible options.

  • Thank you, no idea how I didn't think of the default app. Do you have any idea as to why these apps don't work on Wayland though? – SakoDaemon May 15 '18 at 15:20
  • Additionally, what should I use for recording the screen? SimpleScreenRecorder only seems to capture a black screen and my cursor. – SakoDaemon May 15 '18 at 15:21
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    @IoanaAlexandru Simple answer is those applications are not written for Wayland yet. Applications which are not compatible with Wayland yet run under a XWayland compatibility layer. But advanced applications, which depend on and/or control X11 server "too much" (screen-capturing/recording etc.), might fail to run in a Wayland session (Wayland has a stricter security policy). If you use Skype you would find the screen-sharing option doesn't work in Wayland, but works in Xorg. – pomsky May 15 '18 at 15:25
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    @IoanaAlexandru Same issue with screen-recording apps. Green Recorder claims to be Wayland compatible, but I have seen others complaining about its performance in a Wayland session (haven't tried it myself). – pomsky May 15 '18 at 15:28

I use grim -g "$(slurp)" - | wl-copy to take an area of a screen and put it in clipboard.
Works perfectly in Sway on Arch Linux.

  • I don't think grim is available in repos of any of the currently supported Ubuntu releases. – pomsky Feb 27 '19 at 14:21
  • grim is in the repos since 19.10 atleast. – k1l May 8 '20 at 22:38

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