Ksnip, a tool for taking screenshots and annotations

about ksnip

In the next article we are going to take a look at Ksnip. This is one screenshot tool. It is free and open source. Recently a new version has been published in which important improvements have been added to the tool such as the Wayland experimental support for KDE and GNOME.

This tool, after taking a screenshot of the active windows, of a rectangular area, of the current screen or of all the screens, will offer us certain tools that will allow users to make annotations on the screenshots of screen. In addition, it will also be possible to draw with a pencil, add arrows, rectangles, text, numbers and more, using configurable sizes and colors to suit the user. Optionally, screenshots can be resized or upload to Imgur.

When it comes to programs for taking screenshots, Shutter is probably the most popular screenshot tool on Gnu / Linux. This was removed from the Ubuntu repositories due to some of its dependencies being deprecated. At the moment it can still be used in Ubuntu and Linux Mint using a PPA that a colleague showed us a few weeks ago, which not only offers Shutter for easy installation, but also adds its annotation / editing functions. But if you want to start looking for quality alternatives, this tool is a good option.

Shutter screenshot program
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General characteristics of Ksnip 1.6.0

screenshot editing

  • This version is available to be used on Gnu / Linux, MacOS and Windows.
  • The new version has translation to Spanish (incomplete still), German, Dutch, Norwegian and Polish.
  • Wayland experimental support for KDE and GNOME. As for KDE the capture options will be full screen, current screen and window under the cursor. In GNOME the available options will be rectangular area, full screen, current screen, active window, and no mouse cursor.
  • We will have the option to scale / resize screenshots and elements. This option can be found in the option «Edit»From the top menu.

image scaling with this tool

  • We will be able to find tools annotation, blur, arrow, rectangle and eclipse.
  • We will also have the possibility to use the delay option. This can be found available in the toolbar, so that it is easy to access this option.
  • Added the option to open an image from a file via GUI or command line, so they can annotate external images with Ksnip.
  • Screenshots can be saved without Ksnip asking for the save location. This is accomplished by setting a default folder for saving.
  • In this version, icons for dark themes.

ksnip settings

These are just some of the features in Ksnip 1.6.0. But your improvements don't end here. Can be see all the details about the changes and improvements of this tool in the release notes 1.5.0as those of version 1.6.0 have not yet been released at this time.

Download and installation

tool capture

Here at the versions page of this app we are going to find .deb packages for Debian, Ubuntu or Linux Mint, RPM packages for Fedora or openSUSE, etc., and an AppImage that should work on any Gnu / Linux distribution. There are also Windows and macOS binaries for download.

tool download page

Check find the latest version of Ksnip available and download it. For this example I am going to use the .deb package.

Once the package is saved, we only have to open the terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and from the folder where we have the downloaded package saved, write:

install the tool on Ubuntu

sudo dpkg -i ksnip*.deb

After the installation, we can launch the application by typing in the same terminal:


We can also find the launcher in the graphical environment to launch the application.

launcher to make catches

With version 1.6.0, Ksnip aspires to be able to replace Shutter on the users' desktop. Thanks to the new features that have been added, such as the annotation tool, blur, scale of screenshots, etc. along with the already existing features like the 4 screenshot modes or uploading screenshots to Imgur, possibly make Ksnip a tool to take screenshots that it is advisable to try. It may pleasantly surprise you.

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  1.   Rafael Sea said

    I liked it a lot, I am a user of the Flameshot application to take personalized screenshots (I recommend it, it is very good) and now I just discovered another very interesting option thanks to this article.

    I just tried it and I liked it a lot since it allows you to easily and quickly edit the captures in a very complete way to make tutorials or whatever you want.

    I know that I will not stop using Flameshot because of how well it works and the options it has, but what I do know is that precisely some things that with flameshot is not possible to do with this application can be done in a simple way, something as useful as the delay to allow time to open menus so that they are captured with the position of the cursor or the inclusion of texts and balloons with numbers seems ideal for people who need to make personalized captures as is my case since I like to do tutorials and in them there are many screenshot.