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PEEK(1) User commands PEEK(1)


peek - Simple screen recorder with an easy to use interface


peek [OPTION...]


Peek makes it easy to create short screencasts of a screen area. It was built for the specific use case of recording screen areas, e.g. for easily showing UI features of your own apps or for showing a bug in bug reports. With Peek you simply place the Peek window over the area you want to record and press "Record". Peek is optimized for generating animated GIFs, but you can also directly record to WebM or MP4 if you prefer.

Peek is not a general purpose screencast app with extended features but rather focuses on the single task of creating small, silent screencasts of an area of the screen for creating GIF animations or silent WebM or MP4 videos.


-h, --help
Show help options
Show all help options
Show GApplication options
Show GTK+ Options

Application Options:

-v, --version
Show the version of the program and exit
-b, --backend=BACKEND
Select the recording backend (gnome-shell, ffmpeg)
-s, --start
Start recording in all running Peek instances
-p, --stop
Stop recording in all running Peek instances
-t, --toggle
Toggle recording in all running Peek instances
Start Peek without the header bar
X display to use


Written by Philipp Wolfer <>.

This manual page was written by Paulo Roberto Alves de Oliveira (aka kretcheu) <> for the Debian project (but may be used by others).

13 May 2019 1.3.1