Screen recording is essential for IT professionals for creating instructional videos, capturing gameplay, or documenting technical issues. Ubuntu, a widely-used Linux distribution, includes a built-in screen recording feature within its GNOME desktop environment, eliminating the need for third-party software. This built-in tool offers a simple and efficient way to record on-screen activities.

The GNOME desktop environment, the default in Ubuntu, provides a screen recorder accessible through keyboard shortcuts. This functionality allows users to start and stop recordings quickly without additional installations. With just a few keystrokes, users can document their on-screen processes and save the recordings for later use.

To use this built-in screen recording feature, ensure you are using the GNOME desktop environment on Ubuntu. By pressing a specific key combination, users can initiate and stop recordings, which are automatically saved in the WebM format in the Videos directory. This method captures the entire screen, offering a quick and comprehensive recording solution.

Steps to record the desktop screen on Ubuntu:

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R to start recording.
  2. A red dot will appear in the top-right corner, indicating the recording has started.
  3. Perform the actions on your screen that you wish to record.
  4. Press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R again to stop the recording.
  5. The recorded video will be saved in the WebM format in your Videos directory.
  6. Navigate to your Videos folder to find the recording labeled with the date and time.
  7. Play the video using any video player that supports the WebM format to review your recording.

This guide is tested on Ubuntu:

Version Code Name
22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish
23.10 Mantic Minotaur
24.04 LTS Noble Numbat
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