Record Ubuntu desktop screen using hidden GNOME screen recorder

After Unity, you know that since Ubuntu 17.10, GNOME Shell is the default desktop environment. However, you probably know that Ubuntu Gnome has a built-in screen recorder. This hidden screen recorder is part of the gnome desktop environment. It has very limited functionality, such as no app launcher, no menu entry, no buttons to turn on or off, no output folder path to select. It is provided in full screen recording only and the output file can only be saved in WebM format. All videos are stored in your home video folder.

Starting and stopping the GNOME screen recorder on Ubuntu

You can start screen recording by pressing the following key combinations.


You can stop by pressing the same key combination again.


A red circle appears in the upper right corner of the screen bar during the recording process. By default, screen recording automatically stops after 30 seconds. You can increase the duration of the screencast by changing the gsettings string. If you want to increase the screen recording time to 5 minutes, open the terminal app (ctrl + alt + t) and execute this command.

gsettings set max-screencast-length 300

You can change the number 300 With your value. Here, 300 means 300 seconds, which is equivalent to 5 minutes.
add to “0” It has no time limit and must be stopped manually.

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