Ubuntu 18.04 uses Wayland, which gtk-recordmydesktop does not support (AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'get_pixel'). I ried pressing Ctrl+Shift+Alt+R it freezed my computer and I had to hard-reboot it after 5 minutes.

How to record my Ubuntu 18.04 desktop?

  • Gratis, ideally open source.
  • Outputs video in a format that YouTube can digest, if possible without needing intermediate conversions.
  • Shows my mouse, and ideally shows when I click.
  • Ability to select a particular area of the screen.
  • Ideally with a small GUI or shortcut to easily stop the video.
  • Bonus if it can record desktop sounds, and the microphone.

For past versions of Ubuntu please check Screen Recorder for Ubuntu

  • VLC can grab/transcode your desktop ...
    – ivanivan
    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 3:20

1 Answer 1


You can achieve this with peek and key-mon.

Install them:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peek-developers/stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt install peek key-mon

Then start them:

key-mon --visible_click

Select the area you want to record.

key-mon shows the key presses and clicks, while peek records the video.

  • The GUI is rather unintrusive and allow for easy selection of the area to record.
  • Free and open source.
  • Can record as WebM.
  • Tested on Ubuntu 18.04 as of February 2018.
  • No sound it seems.

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