I cannot draw arrows and text on top of my screenshots in Ubuntu 22.04 . I was able to do this in flameshot .

I also tried Shutter which is also not enabling me to draw..

How to draw on top of screenshots?

Often to draw arrows, I open a jpg and then screenshot to make quick edits with arrows, etc rather than using gimp or inkscape.

  • Why can't you use Flameshot? I use it (on Arch) and it works pretty well. They have a version for 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish)
    – cocomac
    Apr 28, 2022 at 3:40
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    I have used flameshot and have it installed and mentioned it in my post. I'm not sure what happened with 22.04 but all screenshot programs are messed up now. Ubuntu 22.04 added an internal screenshot thing. I guess it broke the other programs. try in virtualbox and see. Apr 28, 2022 at 5:05
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    Gnome 41 broke flameshot: flameshot.org/docs/guide/wayland-help
    – nocibambi
    May 8, 2023 at 11:43
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    it amazes how Gnome broke 3rd party screenshot tools offering a useless app for any person that works with Linux daily. Their argument is that they now care of security ROFL. I ended up installing KDE in Ubuntu.. @Bhikkhu Subhuti , far from a good option, but now Flameshot works...
    – Carlos
    Jun 20, 2023 at 1:50

2 Answers 2


The Gnome Screenshot tool does that and just that, and does it well: take a screenshot. The screenshot is automatically saved to the clipboard and in "Pictures/Screenshots", so you can paste the screenshot into any editor, or open the saved file, for editing.

You are also free to use third party screenshot tools like Flameshot. Beware that Ubuntu by default now runs on Wayland. So make sure your utility of choice works well on Wayland. Alternatively, you can still switch to Xorg on Ubuntu.

You can assign the default shortcut keys, PntScr, Shift+PrtScn and Alt+PrtScn to your own screenshot tool by first disabling the default keybindings. On the "Keyboard" tab in "Settings", select "View and Customize Shortcuts". Disable the default bindings under the "Screenshot" section and create your own bindings under "Custom Shortcuts", assigning the appropriate commands for the tool you prefer to use.

  • Confirmed that it is a Wayland issue and works in xorg. You wouldn't be the Russian / American who worked for Bayer in the 90's? I knew one who reserved a website called vanadium a long time ago. Apr 29, 2022 at 0:59
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    How to get rid of Gnome Screenshot tool? I want to use my Flameshot, and I can't get rid of this built-in garbage. You cannot remove it, you cannot modify save folder... Is it developed by Microsoft? If only way is to downgrade to 20.04 - I will May 4, 2022 at 10:48
  • I added information on how to assign the shortcuts for printing a screen to your custom tool. Deliberately kept generic, because there are more tools than Flameshot.
    – vanadium
    May 6, 2022 at 6:31

Why not use Draw on your screen gnome extension to ink over you screen and then take screenshot using the default Gnome screenshot tool? Draw on your screen extension provides free hand drawing, shapes, pen and other options to annotate the screen.

  • Install Draw on your screen

    As of writing this answer Draw on your screen extension is not compatible with Ubuntu 22.04. There is a work around though Install Draw On your screen extension on Ubuntu 22.04

  • Enable the extension by pressing ALT + SUPER + D and start drawing on your screen.

  • Take a screenshot by using ALT + PRTSC using the default gnome screenshot tool enter image description here

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    For Ubuntu 22.04, I recommend installing Draw on your screen 2. It is a fork of Draw on your screen made for newer versions of Gnome Shell. You can download and follow installation instructions from here: github.com/zhrexl/DrawOnYourScreen2
    – Badan
    Nov 30, 2022 at 22:04

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