Linux GIF Screen Recorder Peek 1.4.0 Updated with UI, Repaired

Peek is a free open source Linux animated GIF screen recorder, which has been updated to version 1.4.0. This release updates the user interface to the new GNOME guidelines and also fixes some crash issues.
With Peek, you can create a small silent screencast video of the screen area and save it as an animated GIF. Although Peek is optimized to record the screen as an animated GIF, the app can also save screen recordings as video (WebM or MP4, no sound), although I recommend SimpleScreenRecorder Either OBSTo provide greater flexibility.
Use it by placing the “Peek” box on top of the area you want to record, and then click the “Record as GIF” button to save the record as an animated GIF image. To use other formats, such as APNG, WebM, or MP4, click the down arrow to the right of the Record button.


  • Use keyboard shortcuts to start / stop recording (Ctrl + Alt + r by default, but you can change it from Browse preferences)
  • Configurable frame rate
  • Set resolution downsampling
  • Use custom delay before starting recording
  • (Optional) Capture mouse cursor (can be enabled from Peek preferences)
  • X11 or GNOME Shell via XWayland

New features in Peek 1.4.0:

  • The application menu has been removed, and Peek now has a menu with application preferences and content in the title bar. This resolves the issue of not being able to access application preferences on GNOME 3.32 and later
  • Peek’s new icon follows new GNOME icon guidelines
  • By setting the window type hint to UTILITY, ensure that Peek opens as a floating window when used with a tiled window manager
  • Improved error messages displayed on GNOME Shell logging issues and more details in error reports
  • Show shortcut tips in the main window
  • Gtk 3.20 or higher is now required
  • Fixed double release bug after ffmpeg recording

It’s worth noting that to get the best quality when creating GIF desktop screencast videos with Peek on Linux, you should install gifski GIF recorder. If Peek is found on your system, the tool will be used automatically, in which case you will find a new GIF quality slider in the Peek Preferences dialog. You can then set the slider to maximum for best image quality, but note that the size of the image file will increase significantly. Or use the default setting, which strikes a balance between quality and file size. I use Peek GIF created by Peek itself (Latest 1.4.0 version), use gifti and set the GIF quality to the default value (3 of 5).

Install Peep

Taken from Quick ReadmeOnly Arch Linux and Fedora Rawhide (although Fedora 30 and 29 have fairly new Geek builds of Peek in their repositories) the Peek package has been updated to the latest 1.4.0 version at the time of writing.
Peek AppImage binary and Flathub The packages have not been updated to the latest Peek 1.4.0 version, but they may be released soon.
Ubuntu and Linux Mint users can already install the new Peek 1.4.0 by Add its PPA And install it from there, or via Download the DEB package Directly from the PPA server (scroll down to the bottom for the latest version).
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