That is for creating a video tutorial. I want the screen and my voice. I have tried many recorder, but that only record the screen and internal video.

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A simple one is simplescreenrecorder which can be found in the 18.04 repo. Install it with

sudo apt install simplescreenrecorder

start it > Continue > choose size of screen to record > tick the box for audio. For Backend choose pulseaudio. For source choose built in audio analogue stereo which would record the mic instead of the internal audio > choose save location and the default codec parameters should be ok

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There is an application in the Official Ubuntu Software Repository callled Kazam, which works great. It will record internal sound, external sound, and the screen. It has pretty good video quality, as well. It can be installed with:

$ sudo apt-get install kazam
  • There is currently a bug with this application where it doesn't save your preferences, especially with speaker & mic volumes. Oct 10, 2021 at 18:04
  • @LostCrotchet I'm using Ubuntu 18.04 and preferences are getting saved here. Dec 12, 2021 at 22:03

There are many many applications with which you can do that, The best one that I've used obs, You can install it by

sudo apt install obs-studio

As previously suggested you can also use kazam

sudo apt install kazam

Or if you don't want to install any application, you can use the already available ffmpeg command, the following should work for you:

ffmpeg -f x11grab -s "Your screen resolution" -i :0.0 -f alsa -i default output.mkv

For the last one, I am assuming you're using alsa!

  • I was going to mention OBSProject - I wasn't aware it is in the repositories, though! Feb 9, 2019 at 22:06

Since ubuntu 21.04, it seems Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R will record the screen.
Quote from:

Make a screencast
You can make a video recording of what is happening on your screen:
Press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R to start recording what is on your screen.
A red circle is displayed in the top right corner of the screen when the recording is in progress.
Once you have finished, press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R again to stop the recording.
The video is automatically saved in your Videos folder in your home folder, with a file name that starts with Screencast and includes the date and time it was taken.

If you do not have a Videos folder, the videos will be saved in your home folder instead

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    this works great but I'm unable to record audio from my usb microphone that's plugged in and detected.
    – pseudozach
    Aug 20, 2021 at 21:48
  • @pseudozach check this
    – Hossein
    Aug 21, 2021 at 4:00
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    thanks I ended up using simplescreenrecorder, did the job ok after installing h264 plugins.
    – pseudozach
    Aug 22, 2021 at 4:08
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    This records only 30 seconds. Sep 16, 2021 at 15:34
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    This phrase seems false in Ubuntu 22.04 - Once you have finished, press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R again to stop the recording. Does not work. Agree with @pseudozach, This app does not record audio but video only.
    – Sun Bear
    Jan 28 at 14:01

You can use recordMyDesktop. It has the option to capture audio from your microphone. To install it run the following command in Terminal

sudo apt install gtk-recordmydesktop

Open recordMyDesktop and just check the box next to 'Sound Quality' before starting recording.

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  • In Ubuntu 20.04, gtk-recordmydesktop is no more in the repositories (the main CLI recordmydesktop package still is). However, it is possible to install gtk-recordmydesktop package from 18.04.
    – raj
    Aug 16, 2021 at 11:37

What about the peek app ?

Have been long using it and have to admit have no trouble whereas had with Kazam.

The main problem is that cannot record audio.

Hope anyone may help me out in order to can do so !!

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