What command(s) can I use in the terminal that's equivalent to the PrtSc (Print Screen) button?
I am running Ubuntu GNOME.
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You can use import tool available in the ImageMagick package (you need to install this if its already not available on your system).
Run the following command in a shell:
and select the window you want to capture or select a region by pressing the left mouse button and dragging.
import is a actually a very powerful command which can be used in many ways to capture the screen. For example, to capture the entire screen and after some delay and resizing it, use the following command:
import -window root -resize 400x300 -delay 200 screenshot.png
To see all the options available with import command, go to ImageMagick’s website.
Another way to take a screenshot from the terminal is with scrot
To install scrot type:
sudo apt-get install scrot
To take a screenshot in Linux from the terminal with scrot type:
Some more options with
scrot are here:
scrot -b -d 5 '%Y:%m:%d:%H:%M:%S.png' -e 'mv $f ~/Desktop/'
In this example,
.pngin this case
-e 'mv $f ~/Desktop/'tells scrot to save the screenshot to the Desktop
Found this option here and other options are also listed.
Open terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T and type
use gnome-screenshot -d xx to delay the action.
To delay the screenshot action by 10s
gnome-screenshot -d 10
You can use shutter program to take screenshot from terminal.Run the below commands in terminal to install shutter,
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shutter/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install shutter
To take a screenshot of active window,
shutter -a -o shot.png -e
To take a screenshot of whole display,
shutter -f -o shot.png -e
The screenshots taken are stored in the home directory.
For more options run
shutter --help command,
Usage: shutter [options] Options: Example 1 shutter -a -p=myprofile --min_at_startup Example 2 shutter -s=100,100,300,300 -e Example 3 shutter --window=.*firefox.* Example 4 shutter --web=http://shutter-project.org/ -e Capture Mode Options: -s, --select=[X,Y,WIDTH,HEIGHT] Capture an area of the screen. Providing X,Y,WIDTH,HEIGHT is optional. -f, --full Capture the entire screen. -w, --window=[NAME_PATTERN] Select a window to capture. Providing a NAME_PATTERN (Perl-style regex) ist optional. -a, --active Capture the current active window. --section Capture a section. You will be able to select any child window by moving the mouse over it. -m, --menu Capture a menu. -t, --tooltip Capture a tooltip. --web=[URL] Capture a webpage. Providing an URL ist optional. -r, --redo Redo last screenshot. Settings Options: -p, --profile=NAME Load a specific profile on startup. -o, --output=FILENAME Specify a filename to save the screenshot to (overwrites any profile-related setting). Supported image formats: You can save to any popular image format (e.g. jpeg, png, gif, bmp). Additionally it is possible to save to pdf, ps or svg. Please note: There are several wildcards available, like %Y = year %m = month %d = day %T = time $w = width $h = height $name = multi-purpose (e.g. window title) $nb_name = like $name but without blanks in resulting strings $profile = name of current profile $R = random char (e.g. $RRRR = ag4r) %NN = counter The string is interpretted by strftime. See "man strftime" for more examples. As an example: shutter -f -e -o './%y-%m-%d_$w_$h.png' would create a file named '11-10-28_1280_800.png' in the current directory. Application Options: -h, --help Prints a brief help message and exits. -v, --version Prints version information. -d, --debug Prints a lot of debugging information to STDOUT. --clear_cache Clears cache, e.g. installed plugins, at startup. --min_at_startup Starts Shutter minimized to tray. --disable_systray Disables systray icon. -e, --exit_after_capture Exit after the first capture has been made. This is useful when using Shutter in scripts.
I tried using ImageMagick
import but it didn't work for me when using KDE Desktop Effects. ImageMagick
import has output transparent window borders in black instead of properly combining foreground alpha and background.
I also tried using X11
xwd and NetPBM
xwdtopnm but that also didn't work for me, NetPBM
xwdtopnm couldn't properly deal with the multiscreen output of
xwd because I have a Xinerama setup.
But combining X11
xwd with ImageMagick
convert worked just fine for me:
xwd -silent -root | convert xwd:- screenshot.png
Or, if you have a Dual-FullHD Xinerama setup, like me, and want the first screen only:
xwd -silent -root | convert xwd:- -crop 1920x1080+0+0 test.png
For the second screen only:
xwd -silent -root | convert xwd:- -crop 1920x1080+1920+0 +repage test.png
If you want to take a screenshot from a login-terminal (the one you open with Ctrl+Alt+F1) you can use the program
You can install it by typing
sudo apt-get install fbcat.
Then take a screenshot of your login-terminal, type in your login-terminal:
$ sudo fbgrab my_screenshot
my_screenshot is saved under the current directory.
I'm using ubuntu 13.10 and I have a script that I just wrote which may be helpful. I see this questions been answered but my solution requires no additional installs.
#!/bin/bash curDate=$(date) imgExtension=".png" imgName=$curDate$imgExtension imgDirectory="/path/to/desires/save/directory/" imgSavePath=$imgDirectory$imgName gnome-screenshot --file="$imgSavePath"
This code will save the screenshot without popping up the dialogue window. It uses the current time for a file name to avoid any duplicate filename issues.
No installation needed. Customized to your needs.
screenshot.bashanywhere you want.
gnome-screenshot -a -c -f /home/<username>/Desktop/Screenshot_$(date +"%0y%0m%0d_%0H%0M%0S").png
Copy the location of this file.
Go to "Keyboard Shortcuts" and create a new one by hitting + at the end of the list