6 Best Free Screen Recorders for Ubuntu to Record Linux Desktop Screen

Though most of us use Windows on our PCs, some people use Linux distributions like Ubuntu to get their work done. This is because Linux is open source and you can get the best genuine software updates with Ubuntu whenever needed. Ubuntu is capable of working with many of the software that works with the Windows operating system, not to mention the games that are available online. If you are someone who needs to record their screen in Ubuntu regularly for work purposes or any Ubuntu tutorial, here are the top 6 best free screen recorders for Ubuntu to record and capture the Linux desktop screen.

Six Best Free Screen Recorders for Ubuntu Machine

In the below list of best screen recorders, we have only included the most popular and free screen recording applications. We have also tested all Ubuntu desktop screen recorders mentioned here on the latest Linux kernel or Ubuntu version (18.04.1 LTS).

So let’s check out the list and enjoy the power of free and open-source software.

Simple Screen Recorder

simple screen recorder ubuntu

This is one of the most common screen recorder apps available for Ubuntu and we decided to give it a #1 position in our list of best free screen recorders. This app is quite simple to use. All you need to do is to use the app to record your screen if you need to record audio, that can be done as well. You can choose to enable audio from PulseAudio or ALSA.

With this simple screen recorder, you can record either the entire screen, a part of the screen or let the app record as you move around with your cursor. The app also lets you choose the frame rate for recording the video, along with the options to scale the video and record the cursor. You can save your video files in MKV, MP4, and other formats.

Here is the method to install Simple Screen Recorder in Ubuntu.

Open Terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T), and run the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder

The above command may ask you to input the administrator/current user’s password, type the password (it will be invisible due to security reasons) and hit Enter.

On the next screen, you will see some information about this feature-rich screen recorder, read the message and hit the Enter again.

Once you get “Reading package lists… Done”, run the below commands one by one.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder

Wait for a couple of minutes, it will install the SimpleScreenRecorder. Further, you can launch and use it from the Show Applications area from the left-bottom icon on the desktop.


ubuntu recordmydesktop install

This is a simple application that also offers advanced features as per demand. With this, you can record your screen along with all the sounds without worrying about any settings.

Using the ‘Advanced’ button, you can adjust the frame rate for the recording or even change the target display. With this, you can also do ‘on the fly encoding’, subsampling and more, based on your requirements. The application also allows you to follow your cursor while recording if you want this to be enabled.

Here is the method to install RecordMyDesktop in Ubuntu.

Open Terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T), and run the following command:

sudo apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop

Type the password if asked to authorize the installation.

Within a few seconds, it will install the desktop screen recorder with the name RecordMyDesktop. To use it, go to the Show Applications and search for it.


vokoscreen ubuntu download

This is also among the best free screen recorders for Ubuntu that you can use. The user interface and settings are easy enough for anyone to understand. You can navigate between its various tabs to control various aspects of its recordings. Vokoscreen also lets you use a webcam along with your recordings if you have one.

You can choose the frame rate here along with video codec and audio codec whichever is suitable for you. For the Audio codec, you can choose between libmp3lame and libvorbis. Vokoscreen uses the MKV file format as a default, you can also choose to save files in the AVI format when needed.

Here is the method to install Vokoscreen in Ubuntu.

Open Terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T), and run the following command:

sudo apt-get install vokoscreen

It hardly takes around 2-3 minutes to install the Linux screen recorder.

Record your screen with FFmpeg

You can also record your screen with the help of FFmpeg. For this, you must be capable of writing a few commands in Ubuntu to get going. Audio can also be recorded with the help of ALSA. As you can command FFmpeg according to your requirements, you can configure it as per your choices. The best part is that this comes pre-installed on Ubuntu.

For recording your desktop screen on Ubuntu, you can use the following command:

ffmpeg -video_size 1024x768 -framerate 25 -f x11grab -i :0.0+10,10 sample.mp4

This command is for recording a 1024×768 segment of the screen with a speed of 25 frames per second. You can change the dimensions according to your requirements or desktop resolution. The file can be saved as a “sample.mp4” in your directory. You can stop the recording by just pressing the ‘q’ button.


ScreenStudio ubuntu

It is also among the best and powerful screencasting software for Linux distributions. The ScreenStudio Ubuntu screen records provide a neat and clean option for recordings of the desktop screen. The best feature of this desktop recorder is that you can directly stream your recordings to YouTube, Twitch or any other video hosting services.

How to install ScreenStudio desktop screen recorder on Ubuntu?

Press Ctrl+Alt+T to launch the Terminal and run the below commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:soylent-tv/screenstudio

The above command will come up with the information about ScreenStudio by Patrick Balleux, press Enter to continue.

Once the above command finishes, also run these commands one by one.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install screenstudio

Similarly, you can also locate this screen recorder from Show Applications.


ubuntu peek gif

This is not a screen recording app, but one of the best free screen recorders for Ubuntu you can use to convert recordings into GIFs. Peek does not offer you advanced configuration options but helps you to adjust the screen’s frame rate by using the app’s preferences. You can also delay the recording after a few seconds based on your requirements.

This is a great way to show small changes with the help of GIFs. You can try this if you do not want to have too many videos in your content and if the message to be shown can be done so within a few seconds using a GIF. Check the above example of GIF picture.

Here is how you can install Peek in Ubuntu.

  • Download the .deb file for Peek, and open it in the Software Centre.
  • Click on “Install”, and the app will be installed on your Ubuntu system.

Ubuntu commands to install a Peek screen recorder.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peek-developers/stable

sudo apt update

sudo apt install peek

Note: The “sudo apt update” means to updates the package repositories on your system.

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These are the 6 best free screen recorders for Ubuntu to record and capture the Linux desktop screen. If there are some other screen recording software you trust the most and you believe, they should be on the list, do let us know in the comments below. Now you can record your desktop screen for the best experience whenever needed.

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