I often take screenshots with Shutter, and after doing this, I sometimes wish to edit them, so I am forced to open GIMP and then find them in my file system to edit, as the built-in image editor in Shutter isn't very good, or at least I can't get the hang of it. But I was wondering if there is a any way (to save time) of getting it to open the image in GIMP instead of the built-in image editor when clicking the Edit button in Shutter?

However please note that I do not want the image once saved to be automatically opened in GIMP, I only want it to open in GIMP if I click the Edit button in Shutter.

I am using Ubuntu 15.04

Package information:

  Installed: 0.92-0.1ubuntu1
  Candidate: 0.92-0.1ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 0.92-0.1ubuntu1 0
        500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ vivid/universe amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
  • It's written in Perl, should be easy to patch =) – A.B. Aug 4 '15 at 18:46

There are 2 options. Of course, both require shutter and gimp to be installed:

A - How to open every screenshot automatically with GIMP:

Simply open the Shutter window and click in the menu line on Edit --> Preferences (or press Alt+P) or if the Shutter icon already shows up in the panel, click on it and select Preferences from the drop-down menu.

Choose the tab Actions on the left side and you will see a window like in the screenshot below. Here you may switch the application with which you want to perform edits by selecting another one from the list labelled Open with:.

B - How to disable automatic editor opening and open a single screenshot manually with GIMP:

  1. Disable automatic editor launching:
    Open Shutter and go to Preferences --> Actions as described in detail in part A of this answer. There, disable the checkbox Open with:. What program is selected in the list is irrelevant, as it will be ignored.

  2. Open a single screenshot with GIMP:
    After normally making the screenshot with Shutter, the main window appears (no editor, as we unchecked this in step 1 before). In the menu Screenshot, you navigate to the submenu Open with, where you may chose any recognized image editing application to launch and open the current screenshot.

    IMAGE<Shutter main window - Menu 'Screenshot' - Open with - GIMP>


None of this works. But if you install shutter from their ppa and not from included in ubuntu packages, everything will work fine.

To remove old shutter:

sudo apt-get remove shutter

To install proper version:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shutter/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install shutter

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