How to make a screenshot under Debian ?


Using Gnome

Gnome has built-in capability to make a screenshot (package gnome-utils). Simply press:

More options are available in "Gnome Application Menu/Acessories/Take Screenshot" (like delayed screen shot).


Using KDE

KDE has the capability to make a screenshot (using package ksnapshot). Simply press:

Read ksnapshot handbook for more information.

Using command line

Just open a graphical terminal and type:

The command xwd is a standard xorg tool, which creates a [wiki:Netpbm_format pnm] file. you can then use imagemagick 's convert, or netpbm 's xwdtopnm tool)

A powerful alternative tool is scrot, which can directly save files as png (and other formats), and generate a filename. see [ scrot(1)].

Console / Xterm

Rather that making a graphical snapshot of the console/command line or X-window terminal, it's usually better to copy the actual text content (select the region with a mouse).



To you use the mouse on the Console screen, you need to install gpm (run apt-get install gpm).

advanced tip: if you don't want to use a text editor, you can run cat > /tmp/outfile.txt, then paste the content using right-button, then press Ctrl-D (once).



If your system is using framebuffer (vga=XXX kernel arguement, etc..), you can use fbgrab to capture and convert the framebuffer content.

Other Tools

Debian provides some other (advanced) tools to make screenshot, including gimp .


Debian Installer GUI screenshots

DebianInstaller's [:DebianInstaller/GUI:GUI] has a take "Screenshot" button.

To fetch the captured screen :

If you complete the installation, the screenshots can also be found in the directory /var/log/installer/ (after the reboot into the installed system).

License of screenshots

Screenshots are considered as derivative works (according to SPI legal counsel), see [].

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