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Shutter - Feature-rich Screenshot Tool


shutter [options]


Shutter is Copyright (C) by Mario Kemper and Shutter Team


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.


shutter -a -p=myprofile --min_at_startup
shutter -s=100,100,300,300 -e
shutter --window=.*firefox.*
shutter --web= -e


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


Load a specific profile on startup.
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.

Wait n seconds before taking a screenshot.
Include cursor when taking a screenshot.
Remove cursor when taking a screenshot.


Prints a brief help message and exits.
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.
Exit after the first capture has been made. This is useful when using Shutter in scripts.
Do not add the screenshot to the session. This is useful when using Shutter in scripts.


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