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capture the screen, a window, or an user-defined area and save the snapshot image to a file.


gnome-screenshot [ -w ] [ -a ] [ -b ] [ -B ] [ -d SECONDS ] [ -e EFFECT ] [ -i ] [ --display DISPLAY ]

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gnome-screenshot is a GNOME utility for taking screenshots of the entire screen, a window or an user-defined area of the screen, with optional beautifying border effects.


-w, --window

Grab the current active window instead of the entire screen.

-a, --area

Grab an area of the screen instead of the entire screen.

-b, --include-border

Include the window border within the screenshot.

-B, --remove-border

Remove the window border from the screenshot.

-d, --delay=SECONDS,

Take the screenshot after the specified delay [in seconds].

-e, --effect=EFFECT,

Add an effect to the outside of the screenshot border. EFFECT can be ’’shadow’’ (adding drop shadow), ’’border’’ (adding rectangular space around the screenshot) or ’’none’’ (no effect). Default is ’’none’’.

-i, --interactive

Interactively set options in a dialog.


X display to use.

-?, -h, --help

Show a summary of the available options.

In addition, the usual GTK+ and GNOME command line options apply. See the output of --help for details.

see also

gnome-options, gtk-options


This manual page was written by Christian Marillat <marillat[:at:]debian[:dot:]org> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

Updated by Theppitak Karoonboonyanan <thep[:at:]linux.thai[:dot:]net>, Tom Feiner <feiner.tom[:at:]gmail[:dot:]com> and Cosimo Cecchi <cosimoc[:at:]gnome[:dot:]org>

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