How to make a screenshot under Debian ?

Using Gnome

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

inline:gnome.png 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.

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).

Other Tools

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