Months ago, I used to install Kazam 1.5.3 using these commands :

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

Them main reason I want Kazam 1.5.3 exactly is because it comes with a webcam option.

But now, when I execute the previous commands, it only installs the previous version (Kazam 1.4), which doesn't come with a webcam option.

Is there a way to get the latest version?


3 Answers 3


Kazam is available in the official Ubuntu repositories, but it's an old version (1.4) and ppa:kazam-team/unstable-series has not been updated for 16.04 (and does not include debian patches).

You can install Kazam 1.5.4 from my own ppa (it provides the debian packages up to 21.04):

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:sylvain-pineau/kazam
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kazam 

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    webcam is just black :(
    – Felipe
    Commented Jun 29, 2016 at 15:17
  • Thanks @sylvain for your answer. I'm on Ubuntu 16.10 LTS and these commands do not work for me. Any thoughts. Thanks
    – MYaseen208
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 7:03
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    @MYaseen208 I've updated the ppa, the new packages are available for Y and Z. Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 7:57
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    Thanks @SylvainPineau for your help. Now it works like a charm. Thanks again.
    – MYaseen208
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 8:22
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    webcam is black for me as well. @FelipeMicaroniLalli did u solve this?
    – goldylucks
    Commented Aug 18, 2017 at 5:07

cd to /etc/apt/sources.d/ open up the kazam.list file and make sure you change repo to devel.

/etc/apt/sources.list.d# ls
kazam-team-ubuntu-unstable-series-xenial.list  kazam-team-ubuntu-unstable-   series-xenial.list.save

/etc/apt/sources.list.d# cat kazam-team-ubuntu-unstable-series-xenial.list
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kazam-team/unstable-series/ubuntu devel main

Install using PIP/PIP3

pip install kazam==1.5.6 distutils-extra-python

These versions are available and has same features as 1.5.3

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    Question was how to install 1.5.3 how is this an answer to that? Add some more details it may make sense then.
    – David DE
    Commented Nov 5, 2022 at 8:53
  • WARNING Kazam - Failed to correctly detect operating system on Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS + 6.2.9-060209-generic Commented Apr 4, 2023 at 17:09

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