8 Best Screen Recorders For Linux

Brief: In this article, we’ll list the best screen recorders for Linux. This list also includes software that lets you record your Linux desktop as a gif.

Often we need to record our desktop screen for various purposes, like broadcasting gaming sessions online, making video tutorials, etc. Today, we’re going to present some screen recording applications for Linux.

In this list, you will find options to

  • Record screen as a video
  • Recording screen as a gif as well

All the software mentioned here is free and open-source (FOSS). You could actually call it a list of free screen recorders, in fact.

best screen recorder for linux

Before we see the list of the best screen recorders, I would like to mention asciinema. It’s a desktop tool that lets you record your terminal session and upload it to its website. You can grab the URL and send it to friends. The best thing is that the commands in the recorded terminal session can be copied. That will help a lot if you used a lot of commands – there’s no need to enter them manually.

So, if you just wanted to record your terminal screen, asciinema should do a fine job.

Note: The list below is in no particular order of ranking. I’ve mostly mentioned installation instructions for Ubuntu but this doesn’t make it a list of Ubuntu screen recorders – most of the applications mentioned are available in the official repositories of other distributions.

1. Kazam

kazam screen recorder for linux

Kazam is a minimal and nifty tool for screencasting. It includes screenshot support too. Kazam is suitable for beginners and for getting the task done quickly without getting too caught up in different options.

Main Features

  • Simple and compact user interface.
  • Supports multiple video output formats.
  • Audio recording from a suitable source (microphone or speaker).
  • Support for recording a single window or selected screen area.
  • Delay timer support.

Pros

  • Simple and minimal, easy to use

Cons

  • Does not support Wayland.
  • Very few options for tweaking configuration settings
  • Lack of webcam recording support

Installation on Ubuntu

Open a terminal window and enter the following command:

sudo apt install kazam

N.B. The latest version – which adds a bunch more features to Kazam – may not be available through the official PPA or Ubuntu Universal repositories. But you can install and use it quite easily. Read this article on how to use the latest version of Kazam.

2. GNOME’s Screen Recorder

screen recording gnome 42

Starting with GNOME 42, the built-in screenshot tool now includes the feature to record your screen.

So, if you are using a Linux distribution with GNOME 42, you can enable the screen recording with a toggle without needing to install a third-party tool.

You can only select an area or a screen to record without any configuration options for sound/cursor/framerate, etc. The recording may be limited to a specific duration on Ubuntu. I did not have a limit with Fedora Linux 36 on GNOME 42.4.

You can follow our GNOME screen recorder guide to remove/change the limit if that is the case.

If you have always wanted a no-nonsense screen recorder, you can use this.

3. Kooha

delay screen recording using kooha

Kooha is one of the first screen recording software that added support for Wayland. It is an easy-to-use tool with almost zero setup hassle. You can start recording the screen in a few clicks.

Main Features:

  • Minimal and user-friendly UI.
  • Hardware acceleration.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for better productivity.
  • Support for WebM, MP4, GIF, and MKV formats.

Pros:

  • Wayland support.
  • Hardware acceleration.
  • Option to delay your recording.

Cons:

  • You might encounter issues such as a green screen in recorded videos (that was the case for me).
  • No webcam support.

Installation:

Kooha is only available as a Flatpak. You can follow our detailed guide on using Flatpak. Once your system is configured, you can use the given command to install Kooha:

flatpak install flathub io.github.seadve.Kooha

4. Open Broadcaster Software Studio (OBS Studio)

obs studio

OBS Studio is, without a doubt, the most feature-rich and advanced screencasting cross-platform application available. And, it runs well on Linux as well.

Main Features

  • Multiple scenes to switch between seamlessly via custom transitions.
  • Filters for video sources.
  • Audio mixer with filters.
  • Powerful and easy-to-use configuration options.
  • Streamlined settings panel for tweaking configurations.
  • Live streaming support.

Pros

  • Flexible for various use cases.
  • Wayland is also supported.
  • Webcam support.

Cons

  • You’ll need a while to figure out its terminology (… but it’s worth it)

Installation on Ubuntu

OBS Studio is available for Ubuntu via its PPA. You can enter the following commands in the terminal to install it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio
sudo apt update
sudo apt install obs-studio

You can also utilize the snap store or the Flatpak package to get the latest OBS studio version.

5. SimpleScreenRecorder

simplescreenrecorder

SimpleScreenRecorder – as the name implies – is a simple application for screen recording on Linux. You get all the essential options to change the framerate, choose your desired format, mute/enable audio, and more.

This can be the perfect option for those who love to tweak with defaults but are overwhelmed with OBS Studio.

You can read this tutorial to find out how to use SimpleScreenRecorder on Ubuntu.

Main Features

  • Supports multiple video output formats
  • Audio recording from a suitable source
  • Support for recording selected screen area
  • Provides statistics while recording
  • Live preview while recording
  • Optimized to work smoothly on slow machines
  • Hotkey support

Pros

  • Sufficient tweaking options to fine-tune the output video

Cons

  • Wayland is not supported.
  • The user interface is not very appealing
  • No built-in support for webcam recording

Installation on Ubuntu

SimpleScreenRecorder is available for Ubuntu. Run the following commands in a terminal:

sudo apt install simplescreenrecorder

6. recordMyDesktop

recordmydesktop

“A paradise for terminal geeks”, that was my initial impression when I used recordMyDesktop for the first time.

In the past, it used to have a GTK front-end, but it is no longer maintained. But after having a resource-friendly experience with minimal dependencies, it can be a good choice for terminal-focused users.

Main Features

  • Only uses open formats for files.
  • Ability to record audio over ALSA, OSS, or the JACK audio server.
  • Essential options to suit any range of users.

Pros

  • Light on system resources.
  • Easy to navigate commands.
  • Can be used through the terminal.

Cons

  • No support for Wayland.
  • The “Capture window” only adjusts the recording area to the window size and is often overlapped by other windows.
  • No GUI front-end for GTK4.

Installation on Ubuntu

recordMyDesktop is available for installation from the official Ubuntu repository.

Just run the following command to get it installed.

sudo apt install recordmydesktop

7. VokoscreenNG

vokoscreen

With a modern Qt-based user interface and a set of essential features, it is a nice option.

The tool also includes experimental Wayland support. So, you can test it out if you’re curious.

Main Features:

  • Record the entire desktop.
  • Record a portion of the screen.
  • Add a delay timer for recording.
  • Set a time limit for the recording.
  • Ability to record through the webcam.
  • Tweak the output format, control the framerates, and other necessary parameters.

Pros

  • Offers plenty of useful features.
  • Easy to use with advanced features on board.

Cons

  • Wayland is still in the experimental phase and lacks some of its main features given with X11.

Installation on Ubuntu

You can easily install it from the official repositories. Just use the following command in the terminal

sudo apt install vokoscreen-ng

8. Blue Recorder

blue recorder

The Blue Recorder is based on the discontinued Green recorder app and has out-of-the-box support for Wayland on GNOME.

As you can notice in the screenshot above, it is quite straightforward to use.

Main Features

  • Support for MKV, AVI, mp4, wmv, GIF and nut formats.
  • Recording can be stopped through the system tray.
  • The audio interface can easily be changed.
  • Available on both Snaps and Flatpak.

Pros

  • Minimal UI.
  • Support for Wayland.

Cons

  • While selecting the window or making a selection to record the screen may get you crash or glitches.

Installation on Ubuntu

As I mentioned earlier, Blue Recorder is available in snaps and that makes our installation process straightforward. Just a single command and that’s it:

sudo snap install blue-recorder

Honorable Mentions

Green Recorder is a screen recording tool for Linux

Green Recorder has a simple interface and is easy to use. It was one of the earliest screen recording tools in Linux to provide support for Wayland. It’s built using GTK3, and like most of the other screen recorders here, it uses FFmpeg in the background. If you’re using Wayland, this would perhaps be the best choice for an Ubuntu screen recorder.

Unfortunately, the project has been archived on GitHub and no longer developed. But, it still works for most of the users.

Main Features

  • Supports multiple video formats such as avi, mkv, mp4, webm etc
  • Can also record the screen as a gif
  • Default preferences can be saved
  • Supports both Xorg and Wayland 

Pros

  • Simple interface with necessary features
  • Gif support
  • Wayland support

Cons

  • No webcam recording support
  • No longer actively developed. The project has been archived on GitHub.

Installation on Ubuntu

You can install Green Recorder on Ubuntu using its official PPA. Just use the commands below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossproject/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install green-recorder

Peek is a simple tool for recording animated gifs from your desktop screen.

Peek Interface
Peek Interface

Main Features

  • Framerate setting
  • Delay timer support

Pros

  • Modern and slick interface

Cons

  • Currently, only Linux with X11 is supported (which most of us are currently using)

Installation on Ubuntu

For installation, DEB packages are available on its GitHub project’s release page. You can also install it from its official PPA with the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peek-developers/stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt install peek

9. Gifine

Gifine is another gif recording tool for Linux. You can use it for recording and stitching together short gifs or videos.

Gifine Interface
Gifine Interface

Main Features

  • Supports both gif and mp4 video output
  • Supports editing and trimming the output before saving

Pros

  • Provides more features than Peek

Cons

  • Interface is not as nice as Peek

Installation on Ubuntu

Installing Gifine is a bit of a lengthy process. Open a terminal window and carefully enter the following commands for installing Gifine on Ubuntu:

git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/lolilolicon/xrectsel.git
cd xrectsel
./bootstrap && ./configure
sudo make install
sudo apt install gifsicle luarocks libgirepository1.0-dev
sudo luarocks install --server=http://luarocks.org/dev gifine

And you’re done. For running Gifine, enter the following command:

gifine

Your choice?

Did I miss listing your favorite Linux screen recorder application? Which desktop recorder do you use on Linux?

Do share your suggestions and thoughts in the comments below.

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  • It would be *very* helpful, not to say essential, if you’d mention which of these support Wayland.

    (Spoiler: Only OBS and Green Recorder do.)

    • Wayland is dead-born, and from the very start it has no right to exist nor a chance to keep around for any long. It seems to be very good that developers of these programs don’t waste their time and effort on creating support for wayland. Furthermore, it would be very nice if all people (actually, international terrorists) involved in developing wayland at once stop doing this harm to the civilization.

  • The only usable for video recording here is OBS-studio, there is also the great Ardour program that has a video timeline, believe video recording is not implemented there yet but does audio recording.
    Would like to see more programs like that.
    Maybe the others are good for just screen recording, have not been active on that front.