shutter man page

Shutter — Feature-rich Screenshot Tool


shutter [options]


Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program. You can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website - apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window.


Example 1
shutter -a -p=myprofile --min_at_startup
Example 2
shutter -s=100,100,300,300 -e
Example 3
shutter --window=.*firefox.*
Example 4
shutter --web= -e

Capture Mode Options

-s, --select=[X,Y,WIDTH,HEIGHT]
Capture an area of the screen. Providing X,Y,WIDTH,HEIGHT is optional.
-f, --full
Capture the entire screen.
-w, --window=[NAME_PATTERN]
Select a window to capture. Providing a NAME_PATTERN (Perl-style regex) ist optional.
-a, --active
Capture the current active window.
Capture a section. You will be able to select any child window by moving the mouse over it.
-m, --menu
Capture a menu.
-t, --tooltip
Capture a tooltip.
Capture a webpage. Providing an URL ist optional.
-r, --redo
Redo last screenshot.

Settings Options

-p, --profile=NAME
Load a specific profile on startup.
-o, --output=FILENAME

Specify a filename to save the screenshot to (overwrites any profile-related setting).

Supported image formats: You can save to any popular image format (e.g. jpeg, png, gif, bmp). Additionally it is possible to save to pdf, ps or svg.

Please note: There are several wildcards available, like

%Y = year
%m = month
%d = day
%T = time
$w = width
$h = height
$name = multi-purpose (e.g. window title)
$nb_name = like $name but without blanks in resulting strings
$profile = name of current profile
$R = random char (e.g. $RRRR = ag4r)
%NN = counter

The string is interpretted by strftime. See "man strftime" for more examples.

As an example: shutter -f -e -o './%y-%m-%d_$w_$h.png' would create a file named '11-10-28_1280_800.png' in the current directory.

-d, --delay=SECONDS
Wait n seconds before taking a screenshot.
-c, --include_cursor
Include cursor when taking a screenshot.
-C, --remove_cursor
Remove cursor when taking a screenshot.

Application Options

-h, --help
Prints a brief help message and exits.
-v, --version
Prints version information.
Prints a lot of debugging information to STDOUT.
Clears cache, e.g. installed plugins, at startup.
Starts Shutter minimized to tray.
Disables systray icon.
-e, --exit_after_capture
Exit after the first capture has been made. This is useful when using Shutter in scripts.
-n, --no_session
Do not add the screenshot to the session. This is useful when using Shutter in scripts.

Bug Reports

If you find a bug in Shutter, you should report it. But first, you should make sure that it really is a bug, and that it appears in the latest version of Shutter.

The latest version is always available from:

Once you have determined that a bug actually exists, please report it at launchpad:…


2013-08-25 perl v5.14.2 User Contributed Perl Documentation