Ubuntu 22.04 has a bug which is we can't share our screen on any platforms.

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The issue with Ubuntu 22.04 is that it now uses a display feature called wayland by default, while in versions prior to 21.04 Ubuntu defaulted to using xorg as its display server. Wayland does not support screen sharing by default (until now, at least!).

To check which display system your Ubuntu is using, please enter this command


If the above command outputs wayland, your system is using wayland.

In order to use screen sharing, we have to disable wayland and enable xorg (x11). To do this,

Please go to this file

sudo nano /etc/gdm3/custom.conf

Uncomment this line.


Reboot your system.

Voila! You can share your screen. You can confirm this by re-entering this command.


Now it should display x11.

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    Lifesaver, thank you. I've had this issue ever since upgrading to 22.04, I'm still shocked this question barely has any upvotes. May 12, 2022 at 6:43
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    people using DisplayLink could have problems because of x11 compatibility (using 2 displays through a docking station, for example)
    – rogelio
    Jun 9, 2022 at 20:45
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    The minimum qualification for using Ubuntu should be to be a stackexchange user lol. This is really bad practice they break functionality in a stable upgrade.
    – dakini
    Aug 16, 2022 at 11:32
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    this gets you working with thirty year old tech, a more modern solution: see next answer (enabling chrome pipewire support)
    – bernstein
    Aug 23, 2022 at 16:46
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    How could Wayland be shipped in a LTS with such a big problem?
    – nulll
    Sep 15, 2022 at 13:53

Only works for web browser

Go to chrome://flags/#enable-webrtc-pipewire-capturer using the address bar of your browser.

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Click the drop down menu, and click Enabled.

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Finally Restart the browser

This will enable the browser to prompt screenshare access

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    This worked like a charm for me.
    – MCMZL
    Aug 5, 2022 at 8:57
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    It worked perfectly for me and without the need of switching to Xorg. Aug 24, 2022 at 4:32
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    Actually, it doesn't need to reboot the system, just restart the chrome. Sep 9, 2022 at 1:56
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    This doesn't work for me using Chrome, Teams and Ubuntu 22.04 with Wayland and who know what other components are relevant to this
    – Hakaishin
    Sep 28, 2022 at 9:47
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    This worked for me in the Brave browser as well. Jan 6 at 8:46

For Slack in-app screen recording and screen sharing:

  1. Quit the Slack app completely (use Quit from the tray icon).
  2. In the terminal:
slack --enable-features=WebRTCPipeWireCapturer
  1. See if it works.
  2. (Optional) Persist the change across reboots:
gedit admin:///usr/share/applications/slack.desktop

In text editor find a line that says:

Exec=/usr/bin/slack %U

Change the line to say:

Exec=/usr/bin/slack --enable-features=WebRTCPipeWireCapturer %U

That's it. Tested on Ubuntu 22.04LTS and:

$ slack --version


$ dpkg -l | grep -i pipewire
ii  libpipewire-0.3-0:amd64                    0.3.48-1ubuntu1                         amd64        libraries for the PipeWire multimedia server
ii  libpipewire-0.3-common                     0.3.48-1ubuntu1                         all          libraries for the PipeWire multimedia server - common files
ii  libpipewire-0.3-modules:amd64              0.3.48-1ubuntu1                         amd64        libraries for the PipeWire multimedia server - modules
ii  libspa-0.2-modules:amd64                   0.3.48-1ubuntu1                         amd64        libraries for the PipeWire multimedia server Simple Plugin API - modules
ii  pipewire:amd64                             0.3.48-1ubuntu1                         amd64        audio and video processing engine multimedia server
ii  pipewire-bin                               0.3.48-1ubuntu1                         amd64        PipeWire multimedia server - programs
ii  pipewire-media-session                     0.4.1-2ubuntu1                          amd64        example session manager for PipeWire

Source: https://github.com/flathub/com.slack.Slack/issues/101#issuecomment-808430530


Since Wayland is not supporting screen share by default, there is already an experimental way with chrome browser.

First you need to export the metadata API from the pipewire media sessions.

sudo mkdir -p /etc/pipewire/media-session.d/
sudo cp /usr/share/pipewire/media-session.d/media-session.conf /etc/pipewire/media-session.d/
sudo sed -i 's/#metadata/metadata/g' /etc/pipewire/media-session.d/media-session.conf

At chrome experimental features enable the WebRTC PipeWire support


Restart the browser and now you can share your screen.


I tried the global.context.unsafe_mode=true solution, but Google Meet was still showing black screens, so didn't test it any further.

What worked for me was switching to X11/Xorg, which I did by

  • logging off
  • clicking gear icon at bottom right
  • selecting "Ubuntu on Xorg"
  • logging back in
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    – Community Bot
    May 31, 2022 at 19:49

As mentioned this is a Security Feature of Wayland. You can either use XOrg or disable the save mode of Wayland by doing:

  1. Press Alt + F2
  2. Type lg and press enter
  3. Disable save mode by typing global.context.unsafe_mode=true and enter

This will work till you reboot/log out. I wrote a small Gnome Extension which does can disable the safe mode on demand. See https://github.com/julianpollmann/zoom-wayland-gnome-extension

  • that did not work for me
    – wranvaud
    Jan 11 at 18:57

I changed graphic drivers (in additional drivers menu) from xorg-server to Nvidia proprietary. It worked for me.

  • Replacing the Nvidia Nouveau driver with the proprietary one did the trick.
    – Sergey
    May 17 at 15:32

Now the screen sharing in Wayland is available with the zoom client for Ubuntu.


Check the release notes in 5.11.0 (3540) release.

  • Still not working. I'm on 5.12 and it is still broken. Changing to x11 was the only thing that worked. Oct 4, 2022 at 22:38

I was resolved by going to chrome://flags/#enable-webrtc-pipewire-capturer and changing the value from Default to Enabled.


Search for the file.conf in /etc/gdm3/ in my case, Ubuntu 20, it's custom.conf

sudo nano /etc/gdm3/custom.conf

uncomment the line

#WaylandEnable=false to be WaylandEnable=false

then reboot

"uncommenting that line will use the Xorg display manager instead of Wayland "

  • Please do not copy and paste identical answers to different questions on AU. The system has detected this exact answer given to 3 slightly different questions.
    – andrew.46
    Sep 19, 2022 at 23:16
  • Please do not copy and paste identical answers to different questions on AU. The system has detected this exact answer given to 3 slightly different questions.
    – andrew.46
    Sep 19, 2022 at 23:16
  • This answer mixes two conflicting answers. Do not use it.
    – Jivan Pal
    Apr 25 at 17:38

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