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If you’ve recently switched to Ubuntu Linux and are looking for the simplest way to record the screen, this is the guide for you. We’ve added step-by-step instructions for screen recording in Ubuntu. You no longer need to use any third-party apps because the Gnome Desktop Shell includes a native screen recorder. In addition, if you want to record the screen in more detail, we’ve included popular apps like SimpleScreenRecorder and OBS Studio. So, on that note, let’s get started learning how to screen record in Ubuntu.

We’ve included three methods for recording the screen in Ubuntu in this guide. While the built-in screen recorder will meet most users’ needs, if you want more features, you can use third-party apps.

Using a Keyboard Shortcut to Record the Screen in Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, you no longer need to install third-party software to record the screen (and other Linux distros). It includes a built-in screen recorder as part of the Gnome Shell. You can start screen recording on Ubuntu with a hotkey, just like you can on Windows, Chrome OS, and macOS.

The best part is that it supports screen recording in all three modes (full-screen, window, and custom partial area). The only disadvantage we discovered was that it does not support audio recording (internal or microphone), and screen recordings are saved in WEBM format. After that, let’s get started learning how to record the screen in Ubuntu.

1. Simply use the “Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R” keyboard shortcut in Ubuntu, and a screen-recording pop-up window will appear on the screen. Now, move to the video tab at the bottom and choose your preference, whether you want to record the full screen, a particular window, or a partial area.

Instantly Record the Screen in Ubuntu With a Keyboard Shortcut

2. After that, click on the red “Record” button, and it will start recording the screen in Ubuntu.

Instantly Record the Screen in Ubuntu With a Keyboard Shortcut

3. To stop the screen recording, click on the red button in the system tray at the top-right corner. And you are done.

Instantly Record the Screen in Ubuntu With a Keyboard Shortcut

4. The screen recording will be saved under Home/Videos/Screencasts.

Instantly Record the Screen in Ubuntu With a Keyboard Shortcut

In Ubuntu, record the screen with audio (3rd-Party App)

If you need a more advanced software to record the screen on Ubuntu, I recommend SimpleScreenRecorder. It includes a slew of features, such as audio recording, frame rate selection, bitrate customization, cursor recording, area selection, and more.

SimpleScreenRecorder also supports a wide range of media formats, including MP4, MKV, WEBM, and many others. The only issue is that if you use the Wayland display server, you may encounter problems. However, for the vast majority of users who are still using X11/Xorg, it works flawlessly. Here’s how to use SimpleScreenRecorder in Ubuntu to record the screen.

1. Fire up the Terminal and run the below command. Then, enter the password and press “y” when prompted. This will install SimpleScreenRecorder in Ubuntu within seconds.

sudo apt install simplescreenrecorder
Screen Recording in Ubuntu With SimpleScreenRecorder

2. Now, open SimpleScreenRecorder from the app launcher. Here, choose the recording area – be it the entire screen, a fixed area, or an active window. You can also customize other settings, including the frame rate, record cursor, and audio input.

Screen Recording in Ubuntu With SimpleScreenRecorder

3. Click on “Continue“, and you will have the option to select the media format, directory to save the screen recording, audio/ video codec, and more on the next page.

Screen Recording in Ubuntu With SimpleScreenRecorder

4. On the next page, click “Start recording” at the top, and it will start capturing the screen right away.

Screen Recording in Ubuntu With SimpleScreenRecorder

5. You will find the progress bar in the system tray at the top-right corner. You can open it with a click anytime and choose the “Save recording” option when you are done.

SimpleScreenRecorder

6. The screen recording will be saved under Home/Videos.

SimpleScreenRecorder

Using OBS Studio, record the screen with a webcam

OBS Studio, widely regarded as one of the best screen recording software, is generally recommended for more advanced users. However, if you want more features like webcam support and Wayland compatibility, you should definitely look into OBS Studio. Here are the steps for using OBS Studio to record the screen in Ubuntu.

1. Open the Terminal and run the below commands one by one to install OBS Studio in Ubuntu.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio
sudo apt update
sudo apt install obs-studio
Record the Screen in Ubuntu With OBS Studio

2. Once installed, open OBS Studio and choose “Optimize just for recording” during the initial setup. Next, click on the “+” icon under “Sources” and select “Screen Capture (PipeWire)“. You can also select “Window Capture (PipeWire)” for partial and window selection.

Record the Screen in Ubuntu With OBS Studio

3. Adding the Screen Capture source will show the whole screen in the preview section within OBS Studio.

Record the Screen in Ubuntu With OBS Studio

4. To add a webcam, click on “+” under “Sources” again and choose “Video Capture Device“. You can also add “Audio Input Capture (PulseAudio)” to capture the sound using an external microphone.

Record the Screen in Ubuntu With OBS Studio

5. Finally, click on “Start Recording“, and the screen will be recorded with a webcam view and audio. Easy, right?

You can also choose "Window Capture (PipWire)" for partial and window selection.

6. To stop the recording, click on the OBS Studio icon in the system tray on Ubuntu and choose “Stop”. The screen recording will be saved under Home/Videos.

SimpleScreenRecorder

Capture the Screen in Ubuntu in 3 Easy Ways

So there you have it, three ways to record the screen in Ubuntu Linux. Among all the solutions, I prefer the built-in screen recorder because it is simple to use and works flawlessly, even on a Wayland display server. However, if you want to create tutorial videos in Ubuntu and record your audio along with the screen, use the other two methods. Furthermore, if you want to learn the best Ubuntu keyboard shortcuts, visit the article we linked to above. Follow our detailed guide to run Android apps in Ubuntu without an emulator. Finally, please leave your questions in the comments section below.

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