Is there a program for Ubuntu that can capture your screen and your webcam at the same time?


16.04 -> 18.04:

Please check How to install Kazam 1.5.3?


Kazam 1.5.3 was released recently and it includes some very useful new features:

  • support for webcams: it can record just the webcam or it can display the webcam in a window on top of the screencast;
  • support for broadcasting to YouTube Live;
  • added on-screen keyboard indicator and mouse click indicator;
  • new countdown timer.

Kazam is available in the official Ubuntu repositories, but it's an old version so it doesn't have the new features above. To get the latest Kazam in Ubuntu you can use the Kazam PPA.

Open a terminal and use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kazam-team/unstable-series
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kazam python3-cairo python3-xlib

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Source: http://www.webupd8.org/2014/08/kazam-screencaster-gets-webcam-and.html

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    It's worth mentioning that the webcam position can be moved around by dragging with Alt pressed. – Nacho Coloma Oct 14 '15 at 14:25
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    Webcam is only showing black window – k0pernikus Jan 4 '17 at 18:00
  • Even the most recent version of Kazam doesn't seem to allow you to record both a webcam and screen at the same time, as OP is asking. – Cerin Jul 3 '18 at 13:36

guvcview + recordmydesktop

I find guvcview ideal for screencasts, as it can show just the camera on a window and nothing else:

sudo apt-get install guvcview recordmydesktop

Then just use any screen recorder. recordmydesktop works fine.

This is a sample screencast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ5k2u25eI8

Tested on Ubuntu 18.04.

Non-screencast questions:

  • This doesn't have show window on top option, so only works within tile setups, e.g. won't work for most people. – Suor May 29 at 4:24
  • @Suor thanks for the comment. One workaround is "right click on menu bar" > "Always on Top", which works for most Ubuntu windows. – Ciro Santilli 新疆改造中心996ICU六四事件 May 29 at 6:33

you can do is install these two softwares from software center



from software center and do open the cheese as it captures you from the webcam and shows on the screen and use kazam to record the screen ...and thus you can capture your screen and webcam at the same time.


Open Broadcaster Software - aka OBS http://obsproject.com

Used all the time by Youtube and Twitch live streamers or instructors doing tutorials. You can live stream or just record. You can implement green screen, add other overlays.. do anything you want.


Kazam 1.5.3 has an option to capture webcam output while screen recording. Unfortunately, it is buggy.

A better alternative is to use vokoscreen. We can install it from software center or from terminal using apt.

sudo apt install vokoscreen

After launching it, you can enable webcam as shown in the picture.

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My personal favorite for this (since recent)is vokoscreen. simple and works great. haven't had any issues with it (on my setup dell latitude 5420 with ubuntu 17.04)

  • Thanks this looked great at first, but I couldn't get the sound recording to work seamlessly here on Ubuntu 14.04. Which is weird, because sound recording works perfectly in both kazam and cheese. – workflow Aug 12 '17 at 20:19

As an alternative, here's a great chrome extension that does the trick: https://www.useloom.com/?ref=247716

It worked perfectly on my Ubuntu 14.04 (being browser-based) and is 100% free as long as you download your videos after capture, and don't keep them in their storage.

I played around with all available offline solutions proposed here, and they all had some nasty glitches on my particular setup. Here's to OS independence!


Kazam it seems hasn't been updated since 8/18/2014, obs-studio appears to be active at this time.

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