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5 of the Best Free Linux Screen Capture Tools

5 of the Best Free Linux Screen Capture Tools

The phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words" refers to the idea that a solitary still image can provide as much information as a large amount of descriptive text. Essentially, pictures convey information more effectively and efficiently than words can.

A screenshot is an image captured by a computer to record the output of a visual device. Screen capture software enable screenshots to be taken on a computer. This type of software has a wide range of uses. As an image can illustrate the operation of computer software so well, screenshots play a crucial role in software development and documentation. Alternatively, if you have a technical problem with your computer, a screenshot allows a technical support department to understand the problems you are facing. Writing computer-related articles, documentation and tutorials is nigh on impossible without a good tool for creating screenshots.

Linux has a good selection of versatile open source screenshot programs, both graphical and console based. The two most popular desktop environments, GNOME and KDE, each offer a competent screenshot utility. However, the functionality offered by their screenshot utilities is relatively basic. Furthermore, many Linux users prefer to use a more lightweight desktop environment. For the most feature-rich dedicated screenshot utility, look no further than Shutter (formerly known as GScrot). This tool receives our highest recommendation.

Screen capture functionality is not only provided by dedicated applications. GIMP and ImageMagick, two programs which are primarily image manipulation tools, also offer competent screen capturing functionality.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 5 screen capture tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who wants to demonstrate a program, or a particular problem with others.

Now, let's explore the 5 screen capture tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Screen Capture Tools
Shutter Feature-rich screenshot program
GIMP The GNU Image Manipulation Program
KSnapshot Screen capture tool for KDE 4
gnome-screenshot Screen capture tool for GNOME
ImageMagick Software suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images

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