Open Source Shutter Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to Shutter for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best open source Linux alternative is Flameshot. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Shutter and 17 are open source and available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source Linux alternatives to Shutter are Ksnip (Free, Open Source), Spectacle (Free, Open Source), Deepin Screenshot (Free, Open Source) and Xfce4 Screenshooter (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Mar 26, 2021

    1. Features a free draw tool, arrows, lines, circles, and other tools for editing screenshots you take. There is no Text Box or Comment Feature. Screenshots can be uploaded to Imgur, saved to a local file, or copied directly to your clipboard to easily paste in other programs.
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      Flameshot vs Shutter opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Flameshot is a great alternative to Shutter.
      great standalone app, shutter requieres too many extra apps
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      Starbeamrainbowlabs It does screenshotting well, and has a smooth UI. I'd like to see some additional features like changing the colour of rectangles, a pixelating tool, and a slider for the blur amount though.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    2. Ksnip is a Qt based cross-platform screenshot tool that provides many annotation features for your screenshots. Latest ksnip version contains following features: * Supports Linux (X11, Plasma Wayland, GNOME Wayland and xdg-desktop-portal Wayland), Windows and macOS.
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      Ksnip vs Shutter opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      gppixelworks Better editing functions than other software currently available. However I found Shutter (now discontinued) superior to any replacements I've used.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago


    3. 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.
    4. This is a default screenshot app for Linux Deepin.
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    5. This application allows you to capture the entire screen, the active window or a selected region.

    6. Hotshots is a screenshot tool with some editing features. It is particularly suitable for writing documentation (as used in the following chapters) but you can use it to highlight some details on a map image or what ever you want.


      The project seems no longer developed. Last version, 2.2.0, released in September 2014, can be still downloaded from SourceForge

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    7. ScreenCloud is an easy to use screenshot sharing application. Take a screenshot using one of the 3 hotkeys or simply click the ScreenCloud tray icon. You can choose where you want to save your screenshot.
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    8. The free and open source and cross platform screen sharing software.


      According to the main developer's website this application has been discontinued. See

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      maim (make image) takes screenshots of your desktop. It has options to take only a region, and relies on slop to query for regions. maim is supposed to be an improved scrot.
    9. is a screenshot application for the KDE desktop environment.


      Spectacle replaced KSnapshot with the release of KDE Applications 15.12 in December 2015. (see

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