gnome-screenshot man page

gnome-screenshot — capture the screen, a window, or an user-defined area and save the snapshot image to a file.


gnome-screenshot [ -c ]  [ -w ]  [ -a ]  [ -b ]  [ -B ]  [ -p ]  [ -d SECONDS ]  [ -e EFFECT ]  [ -i ]  [ -f FILENAME ]  [ --display DISPLAY ]


gnome-screenshot is a GNOME utility for taking screenshots of the entire screen, a window or a user-defined area of the screen, with optional beautifying border effects.


-c, --clipboard

Send the grab directly to the clipboard.

-w, --window

Grab the current active window instead of the entire screen.

-a, --area

Grab an area of the screen instead of the entire screen.

-b, --include-border

Include the window border within the screenshot.

-B, --remove-border

Remove the window border from the screenshot.

-p, --include-pointer

Include the pointer with the screenshot.

-d, --delay=SECONDS,

Take the screenshot after the specified delay [in seconds].

-e, --border-effect=EFFECT,

Add an effect to the outside of the screenshot border. EFFECT can be “shadow”  (adding drop shadow), “border” (adding rectangular space around the screenshot), “vintage” (desaturating the screenshot slightly, tinting it and adding rectangular space around it) or “none” (no effect). Default is “none”.

-i, --interactive

Interactively set options in a dialog.

-f, --file=FILENAME

Save screenshot directly to this file.


X display to use.

-?, -h, --help

Show a summary of the available options.

In addition, the usual GTK+ command line options apply. See the output of --help for details.


This manual page was written by Christian Marillat <> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

Updated by Theppitak Karoonboonyanan <>, Tom Feiner <>, Cosimo Cecchi <> and others.


August 10, 2013