Peek is an easy-to-use recorder. Peek makes it easy to create short screencasts in the screen area. It was created for the specific case of using areas of the recording screen, for example, to easily display the user interface functions of your own applications or to display an error report. With Peek, you simply place the Peek window on top of the area you want to record, and click Record. Peek is optimized for creating animated GIFs, but you can also burn directly to WebM or MP4 if you want. Peek is not a universal screencast application with advanced features, but rather focuses on the only task of creating small silent screencasts on the screen to create GIF animations or quiet WebM or MP4 videos.
In this article, we will explain how you can install Peek on Ubuntu using the Peek-developer PPA.
We ran the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system.
Install Peek from Peek PPA Developers
Peek PPA developers, developed and supported by Philippe Wolfer, are the place where you will always find stable and latest Peek versions. Please follow these steps to install Peek from this PPA:
Open a Terminal application and enter the following command as sudo to add PPA Peek Developers to your system:
For stable assembly
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peek-developers/stable
For the latest daily build
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peek-developers/daily
Since I am looking for a stable version of the software, I will use the first command as follows:
Enter the password for sudo, after which the PPA repository will be added to your system.
Tip: instead of entering a command, you can copy it from here and paste it into the Terminal using the key combination Ctrl + Shift + V or using the Paste option in the context menu.
The next step is to update the repository index of your system with the following command:
$ sudo apt-get update
This will help you install the latest available software version from the Internet.
Now that you are done with the addition of PPA, use the following apt-get command as sudo to install Peek on your system:
$ sudo apt-get install peek
Now the system will select PPA Peek-developers for the software installation.
You can check the version number of the installed software with the following command:
$ peek --version
If you want to uninstall Peek installed using this method, run the following command as sudo in your terminal:
$ sudo apt-get remove peek
Then you can delete the added PPA repository with the following command:
$ sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/peek-developers-ubuntu-stable-bionic.list
You are now ready to record your Ubuntu screen into an animated GIF.
Install Peek Animated Gif Recorder on Ubuntu