I DO NOT want to change the default location for screenshots, nor use interface. I want to use gnome-screenshot in some specific cases to save to a different folder.

I know about the -f or --file option to save to a specific file, but is there a way to save to a directory/folder?

I'm on Ubuntu 17.10.


You can use the -f option to specify the directory too. For example

gnome-screenshot -f ~/MyFolder/FileName.png

To avoid overwriting you may add date-time to the file name, for example like this:

gnome-screenshot -f ~/MyFolder/Screenshot\ from\ $(date "+%Y-%m-%d--%H-%M-%S").png

Take your screenshot, select where to save from the pull down menu - "Save in folder"

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From the command line just specify a location

bodhi@daemon:~$gnome-screenshot -f /home/bodhi/Pictures/testing.123.jpeg

bodhi@daemon:~$ls /home/bodhi/Pictures/ | grep test 
  • I need to use command line, with no interfaces. I edited my post to specify this. – Daniel Fagundes Nov 16 '17 at 15:23

It's a bit of a hack, but if you just want to set a directory and not the filename manually, you can do:

HOME=/path/to/directory gnome-screenshot

gnome-screenshot saves in the ~/Pictures folder by default, since that is what XDG_PICTURES_DIR is usually set to in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/user-dirs.dirs ("$HOME/Pictures"). But if that directory doesn't exist, or XDG_PICTURES_DIR isn't defined, it dumps the screenshot in $HOME. And since:

  • XDG_CONFIG_HOME is taken to be $HOME/.config if not explicitly set,
  • and there's unlikely to be a .config/user-dirs.dir file in /path/to/directory

this command causes gnome-screenshot to dump the screenshot in /path/to/directory.

Or, less hacky but more complicated, create a directory somewhere (say /path/to/another/dir), with a user-dirs.dir file in it containing:


Then you can do:

XDG_CONFIG_DIR=/path/to/another/dir gnome-screenshot

and again the screenshot will end up in /path/to/dir.

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