Immediately Editable Screenshots for Ubuntu

Destan Sarpkaya
Jun 1, 2017 · 2 min read

Updated on December 2020

As I told in my previous post https://medium.com/@dorukdestan/ubuntu-shortcut-for-partial-screenshot-to-clipboard-3a4018e8d3dd you can configure gnome-screenshot to use with custom keyboard shortcut however if you are looking for a complete alternative for Windows’ snipping tool with built-in editing just after a screenshot then you need Shutter .

For console savvy users:
$ snap install shutter

If you don’t have snap then go with the traditional way:
$ sudo apt install shutter

For console phobics:
https://snapcraft.io/shutter

For a complete Windows Snipping Tool Alternative in Ubuntu we will make a simple configuration:

Step 1: Configure shutter to open screenshots with built-in editor so it automatically opens after a screenshot.

Shutter menu bar -> Edit -> Preferences (Alt+P) -> Actions
Shutter menu bar -> Edit -> Preferences (Alt+P) -> Behavior

Step 2: Configure a keyboard shortcut

System Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts

Command: shutter -s --disable_systray

…and you are done!

Usage

Hit your shortcut then screen goes semi-dark and you can select an area on the screen.

Note that different than gnome-screenshot you can resize selected area after drawing it. You need to hit enter to finalize screenshot.

Then edit your screenshot…

Edit and then save it.
Press Ctrl+C in this screen then your edited screenshot is in the clipboard

Your edited screenshot is in the clipboard!

Troubleshooting

Fix for Edit Button is Disabled in Shutter on Ubuntu 18.04

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