4 out of 5 with 3 ratings

recordMyDesktop Reviews

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Still available for most (all?) Linux distributions. Can encrypt the recordings in real time as the video, but uses much resources (CPU,GPU, etc).

Found it to be easy to use, reliable. Saves recording even if computer crashes, or switched off suddenly. SimpleScreenRecorder is also usually avaliable on most Linux distros as well. Both capture audio & screen, etc.


Suitable for the job

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A good app.

It is truly capable of recording a section of the screen, fullscreen or follow the mouse. However, recording games is tricky. The only way you're going to get synchronized sound with video is by using another application for sound. Like outRec or Audacity (For mic).

Alas, the biggest let down of this app is it's inability to record games in fullscreen OR have synchronized video+audio. Its great just for video, not so much audio. Heard that FFmpeg is great, problem is that it's completely CLI oriented plus scarce tutorials/guides makes it hard to learn.


A necessary application

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I love and use gtkRecordMyDesktop, but beware there are problems that I have experienced time and time again.


  1. With sound recording enabled, video becomes unsynchronized after a couple of minutes.
  2. It is unable to record FULL SCREEN games (like every other Linux recorder I have tried sadly)
  3. Only records in .ogv (no option to change this)


  1. Supremely simple and easy to use User Interface.
  2. Has a plethora of good functionality and changeable settings at your disposal.
  3. Hardly feel any performance setback when recording (tested on my measly low specced HP laptop).

The best combo I have found when recording games is to use gtkRecordMyDesktop for VIDEO only and outRec for desktop sound recording. Combine these two, and I'm good to go.