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Nvidia ShadowPlay Alternatives for Linux

Nvidia ShadowPlay is not available for Linux but there are some alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is OBS Studio, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Nvidia ShadowPlay and ten of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Nvidia ShadowPlay are VokoscreenNG, Peek GIF Screen Recorder, recordMyDesktop and Kooha.

Nvidia ShadowPlay alternatives are mainly Screen Recorders but 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 Nvidia ShadowPlay.
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    OBS Studio

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Steam
    • FreeBSD
    140 alternatives to OBS Studio 

    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. Boasting features typically only found in commercial screen recording apps, OBS also provides one...

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    1.  Virtual camera outputUse the output from OBS Studio as your webcam's primary video source.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsOBS Studio can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  Dark ModeOBS Studio supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  Transitions EffectsOBS Studio allows you to apply transition effects between two different scenes/pages using pre-loaded or custom animated transitions.
    5.  RTMP Live StreamingOBS Studio supports the Real Time Messaging Protocol to connect an encoder with a server.
    6.  Multi-streamingWith OBS Studio you can live streaming to multiple channels simultaneously.
    7.  Live Video EffectsOBS Studio lets you edit your video input in real time to apply new image values or add filters.
    8.  Screen SharingYou can use OBS Studio to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    9.  Custom overlaysOBS Studio allows you to add custom images or videos on top of your composition.
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    OBS Studio vs Nvidia ShadowPlay opinions
    Most users think OBS Studio is a great alternative to Nvidia ShadowPlay.
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    Too complaicated, missing feature, can't record some games due to graphics API or anti-cheat compatibility errors unlike Shadowplay which records everything. Also has no proper suport for on the fly screen resolution changes

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  2. VokoscreenNG icon

    VokoscreenNG

    • Windows
    • Linux
    135 alternatives to VokoscreenNG 

    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.

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    1.  Support for Multiple MonitorsVokoscreenNG supports the use of multiple displays.
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  3. Peek GIF Screen Recorder icon

    Peek GIF Screen Recorder

    • Linux
    • Ubuntu
    • FLATHUB
    34 alternatives to Peek GIF Screen Recorder 

    Simple animated Gif screen recorder for Linux. Open-source. Provides an easy to install Ubuntu deb package.

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    recordMyDesktop

    • Linux
    • BSD
    99 alternatives to recordMyDesktop 

    recordMyDesktop is a desktop session recorder for GNU / Linux that attemps to be easy to use, yet also effective at it's primary task. As such, the program is separated in two parts; a simple command line tool that performs the basic tasks of capturing and encoding and an...

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    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.3.8.1, released in December 2008, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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    Kooha

    103 alternatives to Kooha 

    Kooha is a simple screen recorder built with GTK. It allows you to record your screen and also audio from your microphone or desktop.

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    ScreenStudio

    • Linux
    92 alternatives to ScreenStudio 

    ScreenStudio is an easy screen recording that will let you create screencast or live streaming of your desktop. It does support multiple desktops, multiple webcams and text labels.

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  7. Istanbul

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • GNOME
    • MATE
    32 alternatives to Istanbul 

    Istanbul is a desktop session recorder for the Free Desktop. It records your session into an Ogg Theora video file. To start the recording, you click on its icon in the notification area. To stop you click its icon again. It works on GNOME, KDE, XFCE and others.

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    1.  Desktop SharingIstanbul enables you to share your screen with other people in the same office or working remotely.
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    Gamecaster

    • Linux
    64 alternatives to Gamecaster 

    Gamecaster is a graphical user interface for open source framework 'glc'. It can capture real time footage of any game that uses ALSA for sound and OpenGL for drawing. Gamecaster can also encode any captured .glc file into webm video format.

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    Discontinued

    last version 0.3 and released 2012

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    ffscreencast

    • Mac
    • Linux
    79 alternatives to ffscreencast 

    ffscreencast is an ffmpeg screencast/desktop-recording tool for the command-line with video overlay and multi monitor support.

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    Vaam

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Google Chrome
    138 alternatives to Vaam 

    Vaam, video as a message, lets users create and access a shareable video in seconds, with the click of a button. It's a fun and beautiful experience where every company can have their own branding.

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