Taking a screenshot

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An easy way to take a screenshot of your curent system is using the import command:

import -window root screenshot.jpg

import is part of the imagemagick package.

If you run twinview or dualhead, simply take the screenshot twice and use imagemagick to paste them together:

import -window root -display :0.0 -screen /tmp/0.png
import -window root -display :0.1 -screen /tmp/1.png
convert +append /tmp/0.png /tmp/1.png screenshot.png
rm /tmp/{0,1}.png


You also can take screenshots with gimp (File -> Acquire -> Screenshot ...).


xwd is part of the xorg-apps package.

Take a screenshot of the root window:

xwd -root -out screenshot.xwd


Scrot, available in the "extra" repository, provides for taking screenshots from the CLI, and offers features such as a user-definable time delay. Unless instructed otherwise, it saves the file in the directory bash was at when the command was launched.

scrot -t -d 5

saves a dated .PNG file, along with a thumbnail for Web posting. It provides a five second delay before capturing, in this instance.


If you use KDE, you might want to use ksnapshot, which can also be activated using <Prt Scr>.


You can press <Prt Scr> or Apps->Accessories->Take Screenshot.

Note: if <Prt Scr> complains about not finding gnome-screenshot or there is no "Take Screenshot" entry in your menu, you will need to install the gnome-utils package.