How to Record Screen in Ubuntu (3 Easy Ways)

If you have recently migrated to Ubuntu Linux and are looking for the easiest way to record screen, well, this guide is for you. We have added detailed instructions on how to filter registration in Ubuntu. You don’t even have to use third-party apps anymore because Gnome Desktop Shell comes with a native screen recorder. Along with that, we have included popular apps like SimpleScreenRecorder and OBS Studio in case you want more screen recording options. So, on that note, let’s go ahead and learn how to do a screen recording in Ubuntu.

Record Screen in Ubuntu (2022)

In this guide, we have added three ways to record screen in Ubuntu. Although the built-in screen recorder meets the needs of most users, you can opt for third-party apps if you want more features.

Record screen in Ubuntu using a hotkey

You no longer need to install third-party software to record screen on Ubuntu (and other Linux distributions). It comes with a built-in screen recorder, which is part of Gnome Shell. With a hotkey like on Windows, Chrome OS and macOS, you can start screen recording on Ubuntu immediately.

The best part here is that it supports screen recording for all three preferences – full screen, windowed, and custom partial area. The only downside we found is that it does not support audio recording (internal or microphone), and the screen recording is saved in WEBM format. That said, let’s go ahead and learn how to record screen in Ubuntu.

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

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

Instantly record screen in Ubuntu with a hotkey

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

Instantly record screen in Ubuntu with a hotkey

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

Instantly record screen in Ubuntu with a hotkey

Record Screen with Audio in Ubuntu (Third Party App)

If you are looking for advanced software to record screen on Ubuntu, I suggest you download SimpleScreenRecorder. It comes with a host of features including audio recording, frame rate selection, bitrate customization, cursor recording, area selection, and more.

SimpleScreenRecorder also supports a wide selection of media formats such as MP4, MKV, WEBM, and much more. The only issue is that you might run into issues if you’re using the Wayland display server. But for the large number of users who are still on X11/Xorg, it works perfectly. Here is how to use SimpleScreenRecorder to record screen in Ubuntu.

1. Turn on the terminal and run the command below. Next, enter the password and press “y” when prompted. This will install SimpleScreenRecorder in Ubuntu in seconds.

sudo apt install simplescreenrecorder
Screen Recording in Ubuntu with SimpleScreenRecorder

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

Screen Recording in Ubuntu with SimpleScreenRecorder

3. Click on “Continue“, and you will be given the option to select the media format, directory to save the screen recording, audio/video codec, etc. 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 in the upper right corner. You can open it with one click at any time and choose the “save recording” once you have finished.

SimpleScreenRecorder

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

SimpleScreenRecorder

Record screen with webcam using OBS Studio

Considered one of the best screen recording software, OBS Studio is generally recommended for more advanced users. But if you want more features like webcam support and Wayland compatibility, you should definitely check out OBS Studio. Here are the steps to record screen in Ubuntu with OBS Studio.

To note: OBS Studio was extremely buggy on my Ubuntu setup running on a Wayland display server. It was freezing the whole computer. We recommend you to switch to Xorg if you want to record screen in Ubuntu without any problem.

1. Open terminal and run 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 screen in Ubuntu with OBS Studio

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

Record screen in Ubuntu with OBS Studio

3. Adding the screenshot source will show whole screen in the preview section of OBS Studio.

Record screen in Ubuntu with OBS Studio

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

Record 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 recording, click the OBS Studio icon in the Ubuntu system tray and choose “Stop”. The screen recording will be saved as Home/Videos.

SimpleScreenRecorder

Capture Screen in Ubuntu in 3 Easy Ways

So these are the three methods to record screen in Ubuntu Linux. Among all the solutions, I like the built-in screen recorder because it is easy to use and works like a charm even on a Wayland display server. But if you want to create video tutorials and record your audio with the screen in Ubuntu, use the other two methods. Also, if you want to know the best Ubuntu keyboard shortcuts, head over to the article we linked here. And to run Android apps in Ubuntu without an emulator, follow our detailed guide. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.

Margie D. Carlisle