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Green Recorder – A Simple Desktop Recording Tool for Linux Systems

Green Recorder for Linux Desktop Recording
Written by Martins Okoi
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Green Recorder is a functional desktop screen recorder for Linux systems that was built using GTK+ 3, FFmpeg, and Python.

It support video and audio recording on almost all Linux interfaces and Wayland support (GNOME session) will be added soon.

The supported video and audio formats are: mkv, avi, mp4, wmv and nut.

You can watch following video and a screencast, which is recorded using this simple program:

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Green Recorder

Green Recorder

To end a recording session simply right-click the icon and choose “Stop Record“. You can also middle-click the recording icon in the notifications area but this style doesn’t work on all Linux interfaces yet.

Possible Changes Coming to Green Recorder Soon

  • Automatic ffmpeg checking before launching the tray
  • More commonly supported ffmpeg formats
  • New features including: selecting a specific screen region to record, selecting from multiple input audio streams, and allowing the mouse pointer to be captured in the recording
  • Wayland recording using the GNOME Shell Wayland Session which is packaged with a screencast tool

Install Green Recorder on Ubuntu 16.04 and Later

Crosscheck your settings to make sure that your system’s multiverse and universe repositories are enabled before trying to install the program from the PPA using the commands below:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mhsabbagh/greenproject
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install green-recorder

On Fedora distribution, make use of the Fedora Copr repository.

$ sudo dnf copr enable mhsabbagh/greenproject
$ sudo dnf install green-recorder

You can also install Green recorder on Arch Linux using your AUR helper.

$ yaourt -S green-recorder-git

For other Linux distributions, simply download source code and install the dependencies on your distribution (gir1.2-appindicator3, gawk, python-gobject, python-urllib3, x11-utils, ffmpeg) and then run:

$ sudo python setup.py install

This release is in its early stages and is the first public version so be patient if you experience any bugs while using the app.

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About the author

Martins Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for Linux and Open Source software. He is studying again for an MSc in Cybersecurity but still makes time to write about the best software the market has to offer.