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Kooha – Screen Recorder with Wayland Support

Kooha Simple Screen Recorder
Written by Divine Okoi
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It has been a while since we covered screen recorder software for Linux. After having covered applications like Peek and Gyazo, we haven’t talked a lot about alternatives. If you’re guessing the reason for that is a shortage of feature-rich alternatives, you’re not off track.

We’ve got a solid list of screen recorders in our All AWESOME Linux Applications and Tools but none of them features both a modern UI/UX alongside a rich feature list. Today, we’re happy to introduce a project that we are hopeful about to you and it goes by the name of Kooha.

Kooha is a simple GTK-based screen recording application for recording screens and audio from your desktop or microphone. It works in GNOME, Wayland and X11 environments which probably makes it the single Linux screen recorder with Wayland support.

It uses a basic, widget-type user interface with easy-to-understand icons. You can add a custom delay counter before you start recording after which it simply displays a simple counter with a stop button. It also has a list of shortcuts that enable you to speed up your workflow and you can change the directory to which recordings are saved.

Features in Kooha

  • Free and open-source screen recorder for GNU/Linux.
  • Select audio devices through GNOME Settings.
  • Record selected region or the entire screen.
  • Records video and audio.
  • Supports WebM and MKV recording formats.
  • Supports keyboard shortcuts.
  • Supports adding 5 or 10-second delay before recording begins.
  • Option to display/hide the mouse cursor in recordings.
  • Works on Xorg and Wayland display servers.
  • Supports multiple languages.
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So far, Kooha offers features that make it worth checking out and a promise of even nicer features such as support for other desktop environments and MP4 video format support coming in the next major version (2.0). That being said, Kooha is a relatively new player to the screen recording app game and isn’t without bugs. However, they get squashed faster than I expected and that’s commendable.

Green Recorder is the screen recorder I was waiting for Wayland support to come to but it has been discontinued due to personal reasons. One of them is the developer not wanting to spend his free time working with the likes of FFmpeg/Wayland/GNOME’s screencaster or solving the issues related to them. Perhaps, Kooha will make a good replacement.

Install Kooha on Linux – Gnome

The easiest way to install Kooha is via Flathub and for that, simply hit the install button below.

Install Kooha on Flathub

Alternatively, install it from the command-line as shown.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub io.github.seadve.Kooha
flatpak run io.github.seadve.Kooha

Building Kooha from Source

If you would rather build Kooha from source, you can use Flatpak manifests to create consistent cross-distro building and running environments following these steps:

  1. Download GNOME Builder.
  2. In Builder, click the “Clone Repository” button at the bottom, using https://github.com/SeaDve/Kooha.git as the URL.
  3. Click the build button at the top once the project is loaded.
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So there you have it, folks! A native GNU/Linux screen recorder app designed with simplicity and efficiency in mind. Have you got similar ones we should know about? Drop your comments below.

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About the author

Divine Okoi

Divine Okoi is a cybersecurity postgrad with a passion for the open-source community. With 700+ articles covering different topics in IT, you can always trust him to inform you about the coolest tech.