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How to Install SimpleScreenRecorder on Linux

Recording your desktop or gameplay screen capture in Linux has always been a somewhat taxing endeavour. Which is why Maarten Baert has developed something more familiar, SimpleScreenRecorder. Software that lets you record your desktop, applications, and games through a #simple but easy to use #interface. Somewhat similar to Fraps in Windows, but completely free.

SimpleScreenRecorder features:

  • Graphical user interface (Qt-based).
  • Faster than VLC and ffmpeg/avconv.
  • Records the entire screen or part of it, or records OpenGL applications directly (similar to Fraps on Windows).
  • Synchronizes audio and video properly (a common issue with VLC and ffmpeg/avconv).
  • Reduces the video frame rate if your computer is too slow (rather than using up all your RAM like VLC does).
  • Fully multithreaded: small delays in any of the components will never block the other components, resulting is smoother video and better performance on computers with multiple processors.
  • Pause and resume recording at any time (either by clicking a button or by pressing a hotkey).
  • Shows statistics during recording (file size, bit rate, total recording time, actual frame rate, …).
  • Can show a preview during recording, so you don’t waste time recording something only to figure out afterwards that some setting was wrong.
  • Uses libav/ffmpeg libraries for encoding, so it supports many different codecs and file formats (adding more is trivial).
  • Can also do live streaming (experimental).
  • Sensible default settings: no need to change anything if you don’t want to.
  • Tooltips for almost everything: no need to read the documentation to find out what something does.


Here is how you install SimpleScreenRecorder on Ubuntu or Linux Mint (other distros are available for Download as well).

1. Open a terminal window.

2. Type in the following commands then hit Enter after each.

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

Linux Game News are interested to know how SimpleScreenRecorder works for you. Tell us about your experiences recording whatever distribution you are using.

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