How To Record Your Screen In Ubuntu With SimpleScreenRecorder

How to Record Screen In Ubuntu

Have you ever seen some cool videos that are using Linux ? Have you ever wondered how those people record their screen in Ubuntu or some other Linux distro? Have you also ever tried to do the same? And has it ever happened that you were unable to find some software to record your screen ?

Well, then look no further. Because, today, I will show you how to record your screen in Ubuntu Linux.

We’ll be using a tool SimpleScreenRecorder for this purpose. It is one of the best screen recorders for Linux and is a free and open source software.

Let’s first see how to install SimpleScreenRecorder in Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10 and other Linux distributions based on Ubuntu such as Linux Mint, Linux Lite, Elementary OS etc.

Install SimpleScreenRecorder

SimpleScreenRecorder is available in Ubuntu Software Center. So, you can install it either via Software Center or by running the following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder


To install SimpleScreenRecorder in other Ubuntu based Linux distributions, you can use the official PPA. Use the following commands in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder

Setting up SimpleScreenRecorder to record screen

Once you have installed SimpleScreenRecorder, you might want to configure it to your needs. Let’s see how to do that.

Open up the software by searching for it in Unity Dash or Gnome.


 On the next screen, set your options. These include options like video screen size, if you want a rectangular region or want to record your cursor or not. Also, here on this screen, set whether you want to record audio or not.

Personally, I’m using a headset in the audio jack of my PC. For that, I use Pulse audio and Built in Audio Analog Stereo

Set up SimpleScreenRecorder

Once satisfied with the settings, click continue. On the next screen, select where you want to save the file and also the bit rate of audio for your video.

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record screen in Ubuntu with SimpleScreenRecorder

Once the settings are in place, just hit start recording, and it will start recording the screen for you.

Record screen with SimpleScreenRecorder

When you want it to stop recording, just open up the app and hit stop recording. Your video will be saved on the specified location. That’s it, go and record your screen now!

I know there are many more, and maybe better, tools to record screen in Ubuntu and similar Linux distributions. However, so far in my experience, SimpleScreenRecorder is the best one I’ve been able to find which also correctly syncs with my audio jack. If you do have other preferred screen recorder tools, please do share them in the comments :)

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Works great on Ubuntu 17.10 - Thanks for the article!

You're welcome, Hank.

Great tutorial again. Thank you!

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package simplescreenrecorder
[email protected]:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo: add-apt-repository: command not found
please help me.. I use ubuntu 16.4..

Abhishek Prakash

Weird.. Is it a fresh install of Ubuntu? If yes, did you run: sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
If yes, can you try this command first and then try to install it afterwards: sudo apt-get install software-properties-common ?


The only thing this does not do is record both game and mike audio without exceedingly annoying work-arounds, and after several years, the developer seems to not even care about this.

Try OBS Studio. It's now got a Linux distro. It can do everything you want.

This screen recorder is pretty good. I have been using it for a week to record the tutorials.

The bast, according to my experience

I know you are saying "the best". Thanks for that :)

thanks , it really "the best" info for me now

Thanks this is Wonderful software.. Great Tools for Screen capture.. Thanks.

RecordMyDesktop is a nice utility too.

You are right. But, as I said, there are multiple software available.

Thanks for adding another one to the list

jeevan reddy mandali

ok can it record unity desktop without glitches?

Yep, although I haven't tested it. I'm confident.

jeevan reddy mandali

Hello thanks for your time, but I would be so grateful if you watch this video and tell if it's glitch free or not. Because I thought the video was fine but someone in comments asked me whether I found out way to record videos without glitches? He woke up a doubt in my mind if my video is good or not! Please take a look and tell me.
Link :

For me, it was 100% glitch free. And, as far as it concerns you, you may try lowering down Frames per second in the settings so as to record as properly as possible.

It is specially applicable if your PC has lower end specs.

Secondly, you may also wish to add audio to your video like I have done on my channel. Link to channel:

And, a sample video treat:

jeevan reddy mandali

Thx mate!

Your welcome. Hope it helps

be sure to check out for some more


"like to use Linux himself and encourages others to do the same via my blog". Should be "likes".

Thanks !! Both of you :)

Corrected it for Jotpreet. Thanks for noticing it.

Thank you so much for publishing my article !!!!

Is there a way to break the recording?

For example, if I want to record 1 hour, can I end up with 4 15 min files?