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screenkey – screencasting software inspired by Screenflick

screenkey is a screencast tool to display your keys inspired by Screenflick.

It’s useful to create screencasts and it’s also a powerful teaching tool.

screenkey should work correctly by default with any tiling window manager, but it cannot currently capture any input directed to native Wayland programs such as the GNOME Terminal: only X11 programs are supported.

Features include:

  • Several keyboard translation methods.
  • Key composition/input method support.
  • Interactive placement.
  • Command-line placement.
  • Configurable font/size/position.
  • Highlighting of recent keystrokes.
  • Improved backspace processing.
  • Normal/Emacs/Mac caps modes.
  • Multi-monitor support.
  • Dynamic recording control by pressing both control keys.
  • Switch for visible shift and modifier sequences only.
  • Compress key repeats after the specified count.
  • Span text over multiple lines.
  • Supports several multimedia keys. To them with symbols instead of text abbreviations, FontAwesome needs to be installed.

Support: GitLab Code Repository
Developer: wave++ “Yuri D’Elia” and contributors
License: GNU General Public License v3.0


  • Python 2.7 (no Python 3 support yet).
  • PyGTK.
  • Pycairo.
  • setuptools (build only).
  • DistUtils-Extra (build only).
  • slop (
  • FontAwesome (for multimedia symbols).
  • Python AppIndicator (required for Unity / GNOME Shell).


screenkey is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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