How to record the Ubuntu 18.04 desktop or create videos from our desktop

Ubuntu 17.10 with GNOME 3.26

It is increasingly necessary to capture or make videos from our desktop or our applications. Fortunately, on Gnu / Linux and Ubuntu there are many applications to do this without having to pay for professional software. The latest version of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 18.04 also offers us the possibility of creating videos from our desktop without the need for any additional software.

To record the desktop in Ubuntu 18.04 we will only need to do a combination of keys and Ubuntu will record what we do and save it in the videos folder of our home folder.

To start recording our desktop we only need to press the keys Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R at the same time. This combination serves both to start recording and to stop recording. Nevertheless, this Gnome tool has a 30 second limitThat is, after 30 seconds of video, the recording will stop.

This can be modified with the dconf toolTo install this tool we have to open a terminal and write the following:

sudo apt install dconf-tools

After executing this, the dconf editor will appear in our application menu. We execute it and in the search engine we write the word «Screencast», a window similar to this one will appear:

Settings to record desktop

In the option that it has the number «30» we modify it for the time that we want of recording. The time is in seconds, that is, if we modify by "1", the time will be one second and not one minute.

This Gnome tool records the entire desktop, it does not record a part of the desktop, so if we want to do this we have to go to more complete tools like Simple Screen recorder or VLC.

This functionality of the Ubuntu 18.04 desktop makes it a heavier desktop but also more functional, making users have all the options from day one, without the need to install more software.

The content of the article adheres to our principles of editorial ethics. To report an error click here!.

5 comments, leave yours

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.



  1. Responsible for the data: Miguel Ángel Gatón
  2. Purpose of the data: Control SPAM, comment management.
  3. Legitimation: Your consent
  4. Communication of the data: The data will not be communicated to third parties except by legal obligation.
  5. Data storage: Database hosted by Occentus Networks (EU)
  6. Rights: At any time you can limit, recover and delete your information.

  1.   Seba said

    Good, I was looking for a program to record my screen and I find that I do not need it. I just had to press that combination and it already gives me the feedback with the red dot. Now I would like to be able to record just one and not both. I use a 13 ′ monitor (notebook) and a 19 ′ monitor.

  2.   eyder said

    How can I configure it to be able to record the audio with the video?

  3.   sebastian said

    I also need to know how to configure it to record video with audio.

  4.   TM20737 said

    I can't record, someone help me