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8 Best Free Linux Screencasting Software (Updated 2018)

A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, typically carrying audio narration. Screencasting software takes a series of screenshots of a running application, recording the user’s actions, and creating a video file. The movies can be output in a variety of different formats. This type of software was brought into prominence by the commercial Windows application Lotus ScreenCam in 1994, followed by TechSmith Camtasia and Adobe Captivate.

Screencasts have a wide variety of uses. This type of software is also often used to demonstrate operating systems, software actions, website features, troubleshooting, and evaluating technical skills.

Things have moved on since we last covered screencasting software. The purpose of this article is to identify high quality open source screencasting software that makes it a breeze to create screencasts. Thanks to this software, anyone can make their own videos.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 8 slick Linux screencasting tools. All of these tools are released under a freely distributable license.


Screencasting tools
OBS StudioReal-time source and device capture, scene composition, encoding, recording and broadcasting
vokoscreenEasy to use screencast creator
screenkeyScreencasting software inspired by Screenflick
FFmpegCross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video
peekAnimated GIF screen recorder
SimpleScreenRecorderEasy to use screencast creator
KazamWell designed and easy to use interface
ScreenStudioStreaming made easy

If you are running Gnome Shell you already have an environment framework to record your desktop. Simply press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R to start recording a screencast. Gnome’s screencasting works well, using little resources, and is effortless to use.

Another solution worth considering is RecordScreen.py which is, as its name suggests, a Python script. It uses ffmpeg to perform the recording and encoding of the screencast.

Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.

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