The Shutter is a feature-rich and reliable screenshot tool that you can use on Linux machines. It will be beneficial when you want to share technical how to’s, tutorials, errors, and guides over the internet. Even though Linux computers have a built-in screenshot tool, you can’t expect too many features in it. In that case, Shutter will fulfill your requirements with ease. You can use the tool to capture the current window, a specific portion, or the whole screen. You can draw and highlight the important area of the image by using the editor. The images can be stored in different formats like bmp, pdf, svg, png, jpeg, gif, or ps. Additionally, it also supports uploading the screenshot to image hosting services.


How to Install Shutter Screenshot Tool on Linux

There are two ways to install Shutter on Ubuntu and other Linux variants. Either you can use the Snap package or run the following commands to install the software.

First of all, you need to add the new repository to get the Shutter tool:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:linuxuprising/shutter

After adding the repository, use the apt command to install the Shutter.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install shutter

If your computer runs on Ubuntu 18.04 and above, you don’t need to use the apt update command. Because the repositories will be updated automatically on those machines.

How to Use Shutter Screenshot Tool

After installation, the Shutter utility can be launched immediately by simply running the following command in the terminal

$ shutter
Take Screenshots using Shutter

Press the Selection tool on the main screen and grab the specific area that you want to capture, and press the Enter key. If you want to capture the whole window, click the Desktop menu. For a specific window, click Window. The screenshot will open on the Shutter tool. Click the Edit option and use the tools to customize the screenshot.

The editing tools will appear on the left side of the editor (similar to Microsoft Paint). Finally, select Save and store the screenshot locally.

Note – If the screenshot contains any private data like username, password, account number, phone number, or email addresses, use the Censor tool to blur them.

In order to change the default settings of Shutter, click the Edit option on the menu bar, and select Preferences.

Edit Default Settings on Shutter Screenshot Tool

It will open a screen to change the following settings:

  • Compression rate
  • Image format
  • Filename
  • Location
  • Include/exclude mouse cursor
Edit Default Settings on Shutter Screenshot Tool

Related Guide: How to Take Screenshots on Linux using GNOME Screenshot

Remove/Uninstall Shutter Utility

Like Installation, removing the Shutter tool is also very easy. Just, run the following commands in the terminal (CTRL + ALT + T) and the tool will be removed within a few seconds.

sudo apt remove shutter

After removing the shutter, make sure to remove PPA from your repositories list.

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:linuxuprising/shutter

Final Words

Shutter tool is an excellent tool, and every Linux user must try this tool on their computer. The simple user interface will let all kinds of users, including beginners to use it with ease. Try this tool and share your feedback in the below section.