I want to make all screenshots I take jpeg automatically -- not png. I am using Ubuntu 12.04.

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  • Doesn't answer the question, but still useful: If you change the file extension to jpg when saving the screenshot, Ubuntu will not save it as png.
    – reggie
    Apr 29, 2018 at 11:55

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Open "dconf-editor"

"dconf editor" is available for installation in the ubuntu software center

navigate to org > gnome > gnome-screenshot and change the default-file-type png to jpg.

  • The recorded screenshots with this method have a quality setting of 75, which is terrible if there is text on the screen. Feb 5, 2018 at 9:47
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    While the setting exists as described, this seems to have no effect in 18.04. Images are still saved as PNG.
    – isherwood
    Nov 26, 2018 at 14:28
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    Confirmed - works in Ubuntu 20.04. In dconf-editor: once you're done making the above changes, navigate to a different page, this will save the settings. I had to do it twice because during the first time changes weren't saved.
    – Tymek
    Oct 20, 2020 at 10:37

Im not sure what software you are using to capture screen-shots, however if you need more control to save Screenshots as a certain file type (jpg etc) or to change where you want to save them, try "Shutter", Its available in the software centre, it will give you more options you require and more.

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    shutter default save format as png but you can change it in -> edit -> preference
    – hhlp
    May 1, 2012 at 12:13

The default tool gnome-screenshot doesn't provide this feature yet. There is a bug report; I suggest to mark that it affects you, too. Since 2008 there is a patch for that - but it seems that it never made it into the package ...


This is posted in 2021, and using the dconf editor is an excellent solution. There are four formats available, .bmp, .jpg, .png, .tiff.

  • There's no need to include the date, as the post date is shown immediately above your avatar. Also, this answer doesn't add much to the previous answer, apart from the formats available. Feb 22, 2021 at 2:47

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