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Open Source Free Screen Video Recorder Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Free Screen Video Recorder is OBS Studio. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Free Screen Video Recorder and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Free Screen Video Recorder are ShareX, Greenshot, SimpleScreenRecorder and Spectacle.

Free Screen Video Recorder alternatives are mainly Screenshot Capture Tools but may also be Screen Recorders or Screen Casting Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Free Screen Video Recorder.
This page was last updated Jul 4, 2022
  • FreeProprietary
  • Windows

Free Screen Video Recorder is a compact, yet full-featured screen video recorder and screenshot capture tool that allows...

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  1. OBS Studio (also known as Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS) is a screen-casting and live-streaming software available across multiple platforms including macOS, Windows and Linux.

    Some users think OBS Studio is a great alternative to Free Screen Video Recorder, some don't.
  2. ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area of your screen and share it with a single press of a key. It also allows uploading images, text or other types of files to many supported destinations you can choose from.


  3. Greenshot is a light-weight screenshot tool optimized for productivity with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) support.

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    Greenshot is for stills, Free Screen Video is for movement

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  4. SimpleScreenRecorder is a Linux screen recorder that supports X11 and OpenGL. It is easy to use, feature-rich, and has a Qt-based graphical user interface. It can record the entire screen or part of it, or record OpenGL applications directly.

  5. Spectacle icon


    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Spectacle is a simple application for capturing desktop screenshots. It can capture images of the entire desktop, a single monitor, the currently active window, the window currently under the mouse, or a rectangular region of the screen.


  6. CamStudio icon


    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Record your computer screen with audio input from Mic or Speakers. Also shows mouse clicks in addition to the regular cursor. Simple interface with ability to record in AVI or export as swf.


    The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 2.7 r316, released in May 2015, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.


    As described on VirusTotal comment ( if you download CamStudio from, the VirusTotal results are 0/53. After installing this SF version, it immediately says that there is an update available. When the link is clicked, it takes you to, which has a zip file that, scanned with VirusTotal, gives you 15/53 result. So do NOT download and install the "update": it's a malware. Installer as of 09/22/2014.

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  7. Freeware tool for taking fastest and simple screenshots of entire screen, windows and regions.

  8. recordMyDesktop is a desktop session recorder for GNU / Linux that attemps to be easy to use, yet also effective at it's primary task.


    The project is no longer developed. Last version,, released in December 2008, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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  9. Screencast Capture Lite icon

    Screencast Capture Lite

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Accord.NET Framework

    Screencast Capture Lite is a tool to continuously capture the desktop screen, storing this information in video files. The application supports recording from the primary screen, from a chosen window or from a fixed region.


    Latest commit to the project was made on Nov 25, 2017. And latest version was released on Sep 16, 2016.

  10. Deepin Screenshot icon

    Deepin Screenshot

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    This is a default screenshot app for Linux Deepin.

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