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gnome-screenshot - capture the screen, a window, or an user-defined area and save the snapshot image to a file.


gnome-screenshot [ -c ] [ -w ] [ -a ] [ -b ] [ -B ] [ -p ] [ -d SECONDS ] [ -e EFFECT ] [ -i ] [ -f FILENAME ] [ --display DISPLAY ]


gnome-screenshot is a GNOME utility for taking screenshots of the entire screen, a window or an user-defined area of the screen, with optional beautifying border effects.


-c, --clipboard
Send the grab directly to the clipboard.
-w, --window
Grab the current active window instead of the entire screen.
-a, --area
Grab an area of the screen instead of the entire screen.
-b, --include-border
Include the window border within the screenshot.
-B, --remove-border
Remove the window border from the screenshot.
-p, --include-pointer
Include the pointer with the screenshot.
-d, --delay=SECONDS,
Take the screenshot after the specified delay [in seconds].
-e, --border-effect=EFFECT,
Add an effect to the outside of the screenshot border. EFFECT can be ``shadow'' (adding drop shadow), ``border'' (adding rectangular space around the screenshot), ``vintage'' (desaturating the screenshot slightly, tinting it and adding rectangular space around it) or ``none'' (no effect). Default is ``none''.
-i, --interactive
Interactively set options in a dialog.
-f, --file=FILENAME
Save screenshot directly to this file.
X display to use.
-?, -h, --help
Show a summary of the available options.
In addition, the usual GTK+ command line options apply. See the output of --help for details.


This manual page was written by Christian Marillat <> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).
Updated by Theppitak Karoonboonyanan <>, Tom Feiner <>, Cosimo Cecchi <> and others.
August 10, 2013