New major version of Snip The screenshot tool was released yesterday. It has made many improvements, such as the global hotkey for screenshots on Linux (X11) and Windows, the system tray icon, and the function of minimizing Ksnip and adding a watermark to the screenshot. and many more. Is a free and open source Qt5 screenshot tool that can run on Linux (X11, and experimental KDE and GNOME Wayland support), Windows and macOS.
The tool is very similar to Shutter, which is a popular Linux screenshot tool that no longer exists in the repositories of most Linux distributions. After taking screenshots of the active window, rectangular area, current screen or all screens, Ksnip provides tools that allow users to annotate screenshots. You can use a pen to draw, add arrows, rectangles, text, numbers, etc., as well as configurable colors and sizes. Optionally, the screenshot can then be uploaded to Imgur. As a side note, I still maintain Shutter Ubuntu PPA for users who want to use Shutter in Ubuntu, but it still uses Gtk2 with Perl Gtk2 bindings, which makes it harder and harder to package newer Ubuntu versions, so unless Port to Gtk3, otherwise it will disappear at some point.
The main improvements of Ksnip 1.6.0 include:
- Added global hotkeys for taking screenshots on Linux/X11 and Windows only. There are some hotkeys that can be used to take full screen screenshots, grab screenshots of active windows, rectangular areas, etc., and all hotkeys are configurable
- Added the system tray icon and minimized the function of running Ksnip to the taskbar (used to add Ksnip to the startup application, and hide its window, only display the taskbar icon). The tray menu lacks the ability to select the type of screenshot to take, at least in this version
- Make the captured cursor an item that can be moved and deleted. In this way, after taking a screenshot, the user can move the cursor to any position and delete it when not needed.
- Added the ability to add watermark to screenshots
- Added the option to capture the previously captured area, basically allowing to recapture the screenshot
- Added the ability to edit the content of the text box
- Added undo/redo and crop buttons to the toolbar (these were only available in the previous “Edit” menu)
- Added support for “Open With” (from the right-click menu of the file manager) to open an existing image for annotation
If you are a GNOME Shell user and want to use the new Ksnip system tray feature, please make sure you have KStatusNotifierItem / AppIndicator support The extension has been installed, otherwise you will not have any tray icon. No need to install any software on Ubuntu, because it is installed by default.
In this version, Ksnip has become one of the most powerful screenshot tools on Linux, and an excellent alternative to Shutter. The application is even distributed in multiple binary formats on Linux (DEB, RPM, AppImage) to make it easy to install. However, it is not available in Flathub or Snap Store.
Although for my use case, there are no other functions in the app to take screenshots, there are still some functions that users may want, such as uploading images to more services (currently only supports Imgur), and the ability to The function of taking pictures completely. Website screenshot. But even without these, this is one of the best Linux screenshot tools currently available.
Download Ksnip screenshot software
The Ksnip release page contains binaries for Windows, macOS and Linux (DEB, RPM and AppImage). There is also an unofficial Arch Linux/Manjaro AUR package.
To easily integrate AppImage binaries with the Linux desktop, check out AppImageLauncher.