I am not holding a camera, I do not need to hear a shutter sound to know I pressed the Print Screen key.

Other suggestions on the site encourage people to disable event sounds, but I use these. So it something I can hack out of the sound theme?


Either disable system sound effects or, I am assuming you want to disable only the screen shot sound, move or rename /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/camera-shutter.oga

sudo mv /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/camera-shutter.oga /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/camera-shutter-disabled.oga
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    Ta, that worked after a restart. – johndrinkwater May 26 '12 at 7:43
  • In my case the file was named differently, but still on the same folder sudo mv /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/screen-capture.oga /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/screen-capture-disabled.oga I also had to reboot, thanks for the knowledge. – Falk Dec 10 '15 at 21:28
  • Neither works in 17.10 for me – Kostiantyn Rybnikov Feb 4 '18 at 15:24
  • Worked on Ubuntu 18.04 like a charm. – Genius Apr 18 at 10:22

Although I've not tested it, but it seems that /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/screen-capture.oga is the sound you're talking about.

Try renaming or moving it.

Also, in the properties of screen-capture.oga it is said it has as target the file camera-shutter.oga. so, it is a link to the later. i guess touching any of these would eliminate the sound

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    Sorry, just saw your answer. Please edit to add the the file I reference in my answer and I can then delete mine. (both sound the same!) – ish Aug 27 '12 at 15:11
  • after renaming it and log out/in it is solved. this answer came first and i will check it as definitive – user47206 Aug 27 '12 at 15:11
  • @izx. add the file I reference in my answer. does this mean that both sound files should be renamed/removed or just one? – user47206 Aug 27 '12 at 15:16
  • @cipricus: if this worked for you, great, no need to change the other -- that used to be the "old" screenshot sound file. Good job green 7, upvoted! – ish Aug 27 '12 at 15:22
  1. Click on the sound icon at the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Now click on the sound setting.
  3. Now click on sound effect mute screenshot sound in ubuntu

    Now mute sound from here.

  4. You have done. No Screenshot sound from now onwards.
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    This disables all sound effects. I guess the question is about disabling only this particular sound. – guettli Apr 18 '18 at 13:41
  • In my Ubuntu 16.04 it only disables screenshot sound effects. – imsaiful May 4 '18 at 18:27

Another proposed solution is by doing the following:

  1. Run the command: sudo mv /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/camera-shutter.oga /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/camera-shutter-backup.oga
  2. Run the command after: sudo ffmpeg -f lavfi -i anullsrc -t 0.5 -c:a libvorbis /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/camera-shutter.oga

ffmpeg comes with Ubuntu on a fresh installation, and the plugin anullsrc generates silence, outputting it as an Ogg Vorbis file format using the libvorbis library. It needs to be named as an OGA file, due to symbolic links associated with it. It needs to be 0.5 seconds long, otherwise, it may take a while for the screenshot feature to finish its job.

Tested on a clean installation of Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS.

Source: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/32017827/how-to-create-silent-ogg-audio-file

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