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    recordMyDesktop is described as 'desktop session recorder for GNU / Linux that attemps to be easy to use, yet also effective at it's primary task' and is a popular Screen Recorder in the video & movies category. There are more than 50 alternatives to recordMyDesktop for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and The best alternative is OBS Studio, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like recordMyDesktop are SimpleScreenRecorder, Camtasia Studio, VokoscreenNG and Bandicam Screen Recorder.

    recordMyDesktop is mainly a Screen Recorder but alternatives to it may also be Screenshot Capture Tools or Screen Casting Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of recordMyDesktop.
    This page was last updated Dec 24, 2021
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    recordMyDesktop is a desktop session recorder for GNU / Linux that attemps to be easy to use, yet also effective at...
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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.
    2. 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.
      Almost everyone thinks SimpleScreenRecorder is a great alternative to recordMyDesktop.

    3. Produce videos for the web using the industry-leading H.264 format. No tweaks or technospeak, just sparkling HD-quality video with compact file sizes...every single time. Two existing production presets (blog and web) and three new presets (YouTube, HD display, and Screencast.
      Camtasia Studio vs recordMyDesktop opinions
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      Nice for gaming recording.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

    4. VokoscreenNG is a user friendly screencaster for Linux and Windows. It is a continuation of the now discontinued Vokoscreen project that has been totally rewritten from scratch using Qt and GStreamer.
    5. Bandicam is a lightweight screen recorder for Windows that can capture anything on your PC screen. Also, it makes it possible to record a certain area on a PC screen, or capture a game that uses the DirectX/OpenGL/Vulkan graphic technologies.

    6. Kazam is a simple screen recording program that will capture the content of your screen and record a video file that can be played by any video player that supports VP8/WebM video format.


      The latest version (1.4.5) is from 2014.

      Kazam vs recordMyDesktop opinions
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      It is unfortunate that I cannot include a video here to show the difference between Kazam and RecordMyDesktop. Kazam is easier, faster at encoding, and simply works. In contrast, RecordMyDesktop is very time consuming (especially at the encoding process) and the video is not worth the time to wait for it to simply save the file. If Kazam didn't exist, I just don't know what I'd do.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    7. 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.

      Some users think CamStudio is a great alternative to recordMyDesktop, some don't.
    8. Action! allows real-time recording/capture of Windows Aero desktop in a superb HD video quality. With Action! you can record web player videos, your gameplay, display game framerates, add live audio commentary to create high quality tutorials, record music, capture screenshots...
    9. ActivePresenter is a solution for creating screencast videos, handouts, manuals, documentation, and interactive training presentations.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • iPhone
      • Google Chrome
      Easy and free screen recorder for Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks. Record your camera and screen with audio directly from your Chrome browser and share the video with your team, friends, and family.
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