5 Ubuntu screen recorders you should definitely know about

Looking for screen recorder options for Ubuntu? You’re in the right place! Here, we will review some interesting possibilities, so buckle up!


recordMyDesktop is a free and open-source screen recorder developed for Linux and its distributions, that can be used from a command line in the terminal. It has a simple and straight forward interface, being a reliable option.

Install recordMyDesktop on Ubuntu by executing this commend in a terminal:

$ sudo apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop

Open Broadcaster Software Studio (OBS)

OBS is an open source program that allows to record your screen and make live streaming and is available for Linux.

This software is perfect for recording all your activity on the screen and then saving the raw video on the computer.

Install OBS on Ubuntu by executing this commend in a terminal:

$ sudo apt install obs-studio

Simple Screen Recorder

SimpleScreenRecorder is a screen recorder that includes all its options in a single menu, being able to save several “profiles” with different settings, useful for those who make a lot of different screen recordings.

Simple Screen Recorder includes features like live previews while recording a video, supporting audio recording from external sources, and choosing from different video formats before exporting the final clip.

Install SimpleScreenRecorder on Ubuntu by executing this commend in a terminal:

$ sudo apt install simplescreenrecorder


Kazam is a simple screen recorder for Linux and Ubuntu. This tool allows to record the screen and save a file that can be played with any media player or uploaded to platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, etc.

This app has some useful features such as supporting multiple video format, time support or audio recording from a microphone or speaker.

Install Kazam on Ubuntu by executing this commend in a terminal:

$ sudo apt install kazam


Peek is an easy app that allows to create short screencasts of a screen area. With Peek you only have to simply place the Peek window over the recorded area and click “Record”.

This app is optimized to generate animated GIFs and you can directly record in different videos formats, like WebM or MP4.

Install Peek on Ubuntu by executing this commend in a terminal:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peek-developers/stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install peek


In this post, we’ve shown you some great screen recorder alternatives for Ubuntu: Peek, Kazam, Simple Screen Recorder, OBS and recordMyDesktop. We hope you found this blogpost useful!

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