I installed shutter 0.97 version

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


sudo apt install gnome-web-photo

but faced with error when try to screen selection

can't take screenshots without X11 server

how to fix it ?


2 Answers 2


I found a solution. In this file sudo nano /etc/gdm3/custom.conf uncomment this line WaylandEnable=false save and exit. Then run this command in the terminal sudo systemctl restart gdm3 Happy Ubuntu :)

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    IMPORTANT Please note that the PPA has changed. See launchpad.net/~shutter/+archive/ubuntu/ppa Thank you - this worked for me on a greenfield install of Ubuntu 21.04. Sep 11, 2021 at 16:11
  • You saved my day! :) Thanks. Sep 13, 2021 at 20:18
  • I can confirm this also works in Ubuntu 21.10.
    – Pamphile
    Jan 10, 2022 at 9:09
  • Worked for me on Ubuntu 21.10. Don't be like me not closing your apps. Or the restart command will do it for you :)
    – A.W.
    Feb 15, 2022 at 6:35
  • Amazing! Thanks! Sep 21, 2022 at 4:26

Here's my work-around: Ubuntu 22.04: How to rapidly take a screenshot, save it as a JPG, and edit it using the Shutter program to add highlighting: use the new Ubuntu 22.04 screenshot tool, but edit it in Shutter.

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