I want to use recordmydesktop in Ubuntu 20.04, and installed it with:

sudo apt-get install recordmydesktop

But when I want to record, by command recordmydesktop it records full screen and save it in the home. But I don't want this. I need to tell recordmydesktop to record an ara or window to record. not full screen. and it's so hard to do this by command line!! I searched in google and I just saw this command. But it doesn't work.

sudo apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop

and give me this error:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Package gtk-recordmydesktop is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package 'gtk-recordmydesktop' has no installation candidate

I use ubuntu 20.04. What should I do??

3 Answers 3


It is because of it is obsoleted and currently not supported. You could install it by enabling some older repository (deb http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu eoan main universe for example) which contain it or download its packages from there. Enabling other ubuntu version repository should be immediately disabled just after installing. But it is a bad way which could break your system. Better use newer supported software.

Vokoscreen records a desktop, a window and an area:

sudo apt install vokoscreen

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Or use vokoscreenNG:

sudo apt install vokoscreen-ng

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Ignore this if you got gtk-recordmydesktop to work. I only add an alternative in case someone of you could not.

A solution that works well for me is the light-weight simple screen recorder. It is in the Ubuntu-repositories and can be installed the usual way,

sudo apt update
sudo apt install simplescreenrecorder

There is also a 32 bit OpenGL version that works on 64 bit systems. More information for this screen recorder can be found here: https://www.maartenbaert.be/simplescreenrecorder/#download

  • This seems to support more codecs than vokoscreenNG, and also supports the view following cursor.
    – jarno
    Jan 4, 2021 at 13:59
  • Yeah, this tool works pretty well, I've tested it with recording the screen area, mp4 Video / mp3 audio, speakers, and mic as a built-in device, works brilliantly! Thanks! Jul 26 at 9:27

It is installable by using packages from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:

cd ~/Downloads
wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/p/pygtk/python-gtk2_2.24.0-5.1ubuntu2_amd64.deb
wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gtk-recordmydesktop/gtk-recordmydesktop_0.3.8-4.1ubuntu1_all.deb

sudo apt-get install ./python-gtk2_2.24.0-5.1ubuntu2_amd64.deb ./gtk-recordmydesktop_0.3.8-4.1ubuntu1_all.deb
  • 1
    it seams gtk-recordmydesktop have some issues on 20.04, the UI window just disappears as soon a I start recording.
    – Waqleh
    May 18, 2020 at 9:27
  • 1
    I also had this issue. I solved it by adding a notification area indicator to the GNOME top panel. gtk-recordmydesktop puts an icon there that you can click to stop recording. Without the indicator added to the top panel, the icon is not visible. At least it works so on GNOME Flashback desktop. I don't know how is it on regular GNOME Shell desktop.
    – raj
    Jan 24, 2021 at 22:12
  • to stop record run "killall recordmydesktop"
    – user249654
    May 27, 2021 at 7:44

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