I have quite often the need to take screenshots and do the following:

  • Crop them
  • Add texts (where I want to be able to choose the color)
  • Add arrows (where I want to be able to choose the color)
  • Mark stuff with rectangles / ellipses (where I want to be able to choose the color)
  • Free-hand draw

Is something like this available for Linux Mint (which is Ubuntu based)?

I know I can do this with GIMP, but drawing arrows with GIMP is a pain. Also, GIMP has much more functions than I need.

Awesome Screenshot is quite nice for taking screenshots in Chrome, but sometimes I also need to take screenshots outside of the browser.


My first thought was "ok you need something like Greenshot" so, after some search, I found Shutter which offers the features you need (more info in this blog post).
You can download it from Launchpad. More details:

  • Capture options like capture a specific area or whole desktop

  • Share options like generating shared link and Ubuntu One(which has stopped I think)

  • Edit options like these screenshots: enter image description here enter image description here

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  • Do you have plugins installed? I don't see any possiblity to edit screenshots with shutter (except from cropping). – Martin Thoma Apr 8 '14 at 19:16
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    @moose: The left sidebar (as shown in the screenshots) contains all editing tools (including cropping): freehand, marker, lines, arrows, etc. You can switch to the edit mode via a toolbar button (in the top right). – unor Apr 8 '14 at 20:37
  • @unor for a matter of seconds :), isn't the edit button in the top right bringing the shutter drawing tool up front? – dimzak Apr 8 '14 at 20:40
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    @dimzak I had to install libgoo-canvas-perl. You should probably add this to your answer. Without this package, you can't edit. That was the problem I had. (Besides this: Great answer :-) Shutter is very nice :-) ) – Martin Thoma Apr 10 '14 at 9:16
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    is it that easy to draw arrows in Gimp? – cipricus Mar 17 '17 at 16:42


Hotshots is a screenshot tool with some editing features. It is particularly suitable for writing documentation, but you can use it to highlight some details on a map image or what ever you want.


Some important features:

  • Free/libre software and gratis
  • Can take screenshots: all screens, full screen, window, region, free hand region
  • Can crop those screenshots or any image inside its editor
  • Can add texts (where you will be able to choose the color)
  • Can add arrows (where you will be able to choose the color)
  • Can mark stuff with rectangles / ellipses/ polygons/ curves (where you will be able to choose the color)
  • Can use “system” shortcuts to take a screenshot.

Platform support

  • Linux (needs compilation such as on Slackware Linux; Download) -- libXfixes and libqxt would be needed before compilation. Also, developer says that compiled packages are also available for Ubuntu and Arch Linux.
  • Windows XP/Vista/7/8


HotShots is pretty simple to use (similar to KolourPaint, MS Paint or GIMP, if you used any of them). I have put some of the asked features in a screenshot.

In the following screenshot, you would find:

  • the interface of the HotShots
  • zoom in on "Soft"
  • custom text written below website's title
  • a red colored arrow pointing to Questions
  • a rectangle bordering first line of your question's body
  • an image of a turtle added where question's stats were visible
  • blurred the fourth requirement of your question's body
  • made a free curve to make up for free hand requirement accompanied by a text box below it
  • highlighted with yellow color a line of the body
  • enclosed "Love this site?" by an ellipse
  • encircled kittens roaming on my desktop

IMG: HotShots features

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    links not valid. except one for download on sourceforge – Zam May 4 '18 at 19:11
  • @Zam thank you for bringing this to my notice. I have removed them as such. – Firelord May 5 '18 at 0:17



Super easy to use. I mapped it to my PrtSc.

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    I just tried it. This app is awesome - and in the official package sources! – Martin Thoma Nov 10 '18 at 8:12
  • it's great although it's currently missing to add a textbox – miguelfg Jun 24 at 12:34
  • I started to use shutter. Flameshot was not able to open for me (ubuntu 20) and for many other users for some reason, issue is still open: github.com/lupoDharkael/flameshot/issues/90 – zkvarz Jul 18 at 14:10

I suggest Libreoffice Draw (and Dia) be added to dimzak's handy recommandation.

Draw allows to insert vector based signs such as arrows, ellipses, block arrows or numbers, very easily. Being vector-based, signs can be moved and resized in a breeze. IMHO they look more 'professionnal' than pixel-based ones like in Shutter and GIMP.


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In Ubuntu 18.04 and later, I recommend Deepin Screenshot (deepin-screenshot). Deepin Screenshot takes screenshots, allows annotations and is very handy to use.

It's the best advanced screenshot tool for me (under Xubuntu => available in the official repositories).

The project webpage is here: https://cr.deepin.io/#/admin/projects/deepin-screenshot

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I really like Pinta. Its feature set is surprisingly robust for such a small application.

Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET. Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, Windows, and *BSD.

Pinta's User Interface

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  • Pinta is terrible at annotations. Try moving some text you've added. – Dan Dascalescu Nov 1 '16 at 0:32
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    That's pretty good spelling for a dog:) – John Forkosh Nov 1 '16 at 4:33
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    @DanDascalescu use the layers! – Brandon Bertelsen Nov 1 '16 at 16:03

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