I searched for any type of snipping tool in ubuntu. I found Shutter & installed it. But my Ubuntu launcher didn't show its icon.

When I launch Shutter from terminal, my PC run slow & terminal showed hundreds of warnings. Is there any other snipping tool (Without Shutter) for Ubuntu 16.04?


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No need to install any other app or repo, just go with the defaults. Thank God for Ubuntu 16.04, it tries to get everything to work for users. Hold down the Shift + PrtScn keys together.

Your mouse will change to a cross-like pointer. Hold down your left-click key on the mouse and drag. It saves screenshot image to Pictures directory. To copy to Clipboard, use Ctrl> + Shift + PrtScn. Have fun.

This uses gnome-screenshot under the hood. You can change the keyboard shortcut via the regular keyboard settings.

  • @skrat But then this option doesn't gives us the feasibility to select any region and take a snap of it. I guess, this is why it is not at the top.
    – Anand
    Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 10:25
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    @Anand It sure does. Pressing CTRL + SHIFT + PRTSCN changes mouse cursor to a cross. With it, you can select the snipping region. That copies the selected region to clipboard - if you want it saved in "pictures" folder, simply use SHIFT + PRTSCN.
    – skrat
    Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 18:22
  • I am new to Ubuntu. Maybe that's the reason why I am not able to perform the same activity.
    – Anand
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 6:09
  • what Ubuntu are you using? @Anand 16 or 18 ? Commented Jul 24, 2019 at 12:20
  • This goes to clipboard for me by default and I can paste into slack which triggers an upload. Scratched my noodle on this for a minute before learning that. Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 20:36

Have a look at Screenshot. You can find it in Ubuntu Software.


Good luck!

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    This is preinstalled on Ubuntu. You don't need to search it or install. Its also comes linked to several shortcuts such as Shift+PrntScrn Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 18:29
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    After taking one screenshot, how do you take another one without closing the program and re-opening? 16.04. Commented Oct 15, 2018 at 20:46
  • @user1271772 There is no option as such. You need to reopen it. I have added it in my Panel which makes it easier for reuse.
    – Anand
    Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 10:22
  • @Anand: seems like a very poorly designed software. Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 18:49
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    No need to install anything or reopen a program ... just press shift + PrntScr and you can then select the area you want to snip. Pressing shift+PrintScr saves the snippet in your Pictures folder. Pressing ctrl+shift+PrintScr copies the snippet to your clipboard
    – senior_mle
    Commented Dec 5, 2020 at 23:44

There is no need to install any apps. By default, the Screenshot app is installed in Ubuntu 16.04. Just go to Accessories, and in Accessories find Screenshot.

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    This is a duplicate of the accepted answer.
    – karel
    Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 10:47
  • @karel This is not a duplicate of the accepted answer. That answer says to install Screenshot using the Ubuntu Software utility. This answer says that it is already installed and can be found in Accessories. Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 15:07
  • Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy commented below the accepted answer that "This is preinstalled on Ubuntu." so there's no need for a separate answer. In fact this answer could have been converted into a comment below the accepted answer, except that there already is one there.
    – karel
    Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 15:20

Installation process:


After following the above installation process, open the image to be edited and right click on it . Click on open with and then on shutter . After that enjoy editing images using shutter and save them.


Give screencloud a try. It sits in the panel as an indicator and it also has some nice annotating features you can use after the shot is taken. The installation instructions can be located here on the screencloud site. For 16.04:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/olav-st/xUbuntu_16.04/ /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/screencloud.list"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install screencloud

if needed, to add the release key:

wget -nv http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:olav-st/xUbuntu_16.04/Release.key -O Release.key
sudo apt-key add - < Release.key
sudo apt-get update

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