Image Capturing is a powerful feature especially when it comes to sharing technical how-to’s, blogs, tutorials and workarounds over the Internet. Ubuntu comes with a default image capturing tool, the Screenshot, but it lacks many useful features. Also, the keyboard-oriented print screen utility is also very basic and lacks many utilities needed to capture a customized screenshot. An alternative to these tools in Ubuntu is a much more powerful one, called the Shutter tool.

In this tutorial, we will explain how to install/uninstall this tool and also list some basic functions that you can perform with Shutter. The commands and procedures mentioned in this article have been run on an Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system.

Shutter Screenshot Tool Installation Through GUI

The popular image capturing and editing tool, Shutter, is available in the list of reliable Ubuntu Software for you to install. It provides an easy way to install the tool, using the graphical interface.

Click the Ubuntu Software icon from the Activities toolbar on your Ubuntu desktop.

Ubuntu Software

The Ubuntu Software utility will open, from where you can search for Shutter by clicking the search button and then entering shutter in the search bar.

The following result will be displayed according to your search keyword:

Search for Shutter application

When you click on the Shutter search entry, the following window will open:

Install Shutter

Through this window, you can install the latest version of the Shutter tool by clicking the Install button. After that, you will be asked to provide authentication through the following dialog, as only an authorized user can add/remove software on Ubuntu.

Sudo authentication

Enter the password for a privileged user and then click the Authenticate button, after which the installation process will begin. The following window indicates the successful installation of the tool. You can directly Launch it through this window and also Remove it immediately for any reason you want.

Shutter image capture tool installed

Exit the Ubuntu Software after the installation is complete.

Launching Shutter

In order to launch the Shutter tool, enter the relevant keyword in Ubuntu Dash and click the Shutter icon, as displayed here:

Shutter Icon on Desktop

Shutter will open in the following manner; you can take screenshots of the whole screens/ selective areas, toolbars, menus etc. through this tool:

Shutter application started

Important: If you find the Edit button disabled after you have taken a screenshot, please read through this article for a workaround to enable this button.

Uninstalling Shutter

Uninstalling the Shutter tool through the graphical interface is pretty simple. Open the Ubuntu Software from the Activities list and then search for Shutter. Click the Shutter entry and then click the Remove button from the following window

Uninstalling Shutter

The following dialog will open, re-confirming if you want to remove the tool.

Proceed with uninstall

Click the Remove button in order to confirm your choice. Please note that only an authorized user can install/uninstall a package in Ubuntu, therefore you will be displayed the following authentication dialog:

Authenticate yourself as system admin

Provide the password for the authorized user and click the Authenticate button. The removal process will start and the software will be uninstalled from the system.

Program uninstalled

Shutter Installation Through the Command Line

Open the Ubuntu command line, the Terminal, either through the Dash or through the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut. Enter the following command in order to install the shutter tool:

$ sudo apt-get install shutter

Install Shutter with apt

The shutter tool will be installed on your system and can be launched through the UI and the command line.

Launching Shutter

Use the following command in the Terminal in order to launch the Shutter utility:

$ shutter

Important: If you find the Edit button disabled after you have taken a screenshot, please read through this article for a workaround to enable this button.

Uninstalling Shutter

If you want to uninstall Shutter through the command line, enter the following command as root in your Terminal:

sudo apt-get remove shutter

Remove shutter with apt

Enabling the Edit button in Shutter

Shutter enables us to edit a captured screenshot in a number of ways, making it a more powerful tool than just image capturing. However, for a few versions of Ubuntu, the Edit button in the Shutter window may be disabled as follows:

Edit images in shutter

Unfortunately, this means that you will not be able to edit screenshots through Shutter. However, here is a workaround!

Open your Terminal and start entering the following commands one by one:

$ mkdir ~/libgoo-canvas-perl && cd ~/libgoo-canvas-perl
$ wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/libg/libgoo-canvas-perl/libgoo-canvas-perl_0.06-2ubuntu3_amd64.deb
$ wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/libe/libextutils-depends-perl/libextutils-depends-perl_0.405-1_all.deb
$ wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/libe/libextutils-pkgconfig-perl/libextutils-pkgconfig-perl_1.15-1_all.deb
$ wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/goocanvas/libgoocanvas3_1.0.0-1_amd64.deb
$ wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/goocanvas/libgoocanvas-common_1.0.0-1_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
$ sudo apt install -f

Exit the shutter application if it is already open and then relaunch it. Now you will be able to see the Edit button enabled as seen in the following image:

Shutter image editing enabled

How to Use the Shutter Screenhsot Tool

Here are some basic functions that you can perform with Shutter.

Screen Capturing

With Shutter, you can capture your whole screen, desktop or selective areas such as menus, sub-menus, tooltips, and websites. All of this can be achieved through the menu bar.

Timed Screenshot

In order to take a screenshot after e delay, enter time in seconds after which you want the screenshot to be captured in the Delay field located in the bottom-right corner. This helps in capturing a screen in a scenario based on specific time and state.

Timed Screenshot

Include Cursor

If you want your screenshot to include the cursor as well, select the Include Cursor checkbox located in the bottom bar as follows:

Include Cursor

Editing a Captured Screen

After a screenshot has been captured, you can click the Edit button from the Shutter workspace in order to edit it. This image editing tool will help you in making the image more expressive. We are using the following image in order to explain some features:

Editing a Captured Screen

Draw a Shape

You can focus on a part of the screenshot by drawing a rectangular/oval shape around it by selecting the rectangular or oval icon from the toolbar.

Draw a Shape

Highlight an Area

You can highlight a specific area of the screenshot through the Highlight tool located in the toolbar as follows:

Highlight an Area

Write Text

You can add some useful text to your screenshot by clicking the text icon from the toolbar. You can also change the text font and color through the dialog shown below.

Write Text

Blur an Area

You can blur an area of your captured screenshot for privacy by using the two blurring options from the toolbar:

Blur an Area

Add an Auto-increment Shape

Adding incremented shapes can enable you to mark areas of the screen number-wise, that you can mention in your tutorial/blog for reference.

Add an Auto-increment Shape

The Shutter tool can also be used in more advanced ways, however, we have mentioned some basics that a beginner can use to make it up and running. You can now install/uninstall it both through the UI and the command line. You also know how you can edit images to make them more useful and expressive through Shutter’s image editing feature. We have also explained a workaround that you can perform if your editing tool is not enabled by default.

How To Install And Use Shutter Screenshot Tool In Ubuntu 18.04