Is there any Open source screen recorder for windows that can

1.pause the recording

2.Has the option to record a selected area?

"ShareX" is opensource and has area selection option. But it cannot pause the recording.

So, is there any alternative to "Sharex" ?

Apart from OBS?

Because OBS does not run smoothly on my device. It gets lagged and one time I lost my recording-It got stuck on "stopping recording..."

Edit: Thanks for all the answers. But OBS works for me now.

  • Windows comes with screen capture and recording software; how is this inadequate for your needs? Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 15:35
  • @JeffZeitlin Did you mean gamebar? but it can only capture games...
    – Sophile
    Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 15:36
  • It can and does capture any window you want it to. Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 15:37
  • @JeffZeitlin But it can't select area, can it?
    – Sophile
    Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 15:39
  • Win-Shift-S for taking a static screen shot. Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 15:42

4 Answers 4


ShareX can pause recordings, you just need to configure a hotkey. enter image description here


Minitool Video Converter is a great software for screen recording on windows. It has Video Converter in its name. But it also has a function to record the screen. It can pause the recording and has the option to record a selected area too. It also supports mouse highlighting.

Link to download it - https://cdn2.minitool.com/?p=vc&e=vc-free

Some screenshots -

Minitool Video Converter Screenshot

Minitool Screen Recorder Screenshot

  • 1
    Wow thanks! why didnt all the sites I read didnt even mention this? This is a very good tool!Thanks again to pointing this out. ps: can't upvote because I don't yet have enough points to do that
    – Sophile
    Commented Aug 5, 2021 at 7:17
  • But the website of Minitool says that it has copyright? Is it not opensource? But it seems to have no restrictions like time limit or watermark? I dont know why it has every features if it is not opensource. Seems like it is only free temporarily.
    – Sophile
    Commented Aug 5, 2021 at 7:29
  • Note: I am not accepting this answer for now, because I am hoping that someone will point out an opensource software.
    – Sophile
    Commented Aug 5, 2021 at 7:32
  • 1
    It doesn't have any restrictions, time limit or watermark, I personally use it and that's why I recommended it. Commented Aug 5, 2021 at 7:55
  • It is an opensource software, it is fully free to use Commented Aug 5, 2021 at 7:57

Vokoscreen would be your best bet: https://linuxecke.volkoh.de/vokoscreen/vokoscreen.html

  • Open source.
  • Works on Windows and Linux.
  • Can pause

enter image description here

  • Also, as of ShareX 15.0, you can pause a recording. Commented Feb 26, 2023 at 5:11
  • 1
    Welcome to Software Recommendations – and thanks for sharing your insights! But could you please edit your answer to include how the recommended software meets the requirements, and what makes it especially recommendable? Please see our discussion on answer quality for details and background. Thanks in advance!
    – Izzy
    Commented Feb 26, 2023 at 14:16
  • I installed it but when I launch it , I get an error message "Wayland desktop session detected. Please install the package gstreamer-plugin-pipewire"
    – Sophile
    Commented Jul 1, 2023 at 15:37
  • @Sophie: Try the latest version which came out earlier this month. If it still persists, create a GitHub issue or email the dev to signal the problem. Commented Jul 21, 2023 at 21:24

As for open source solutions, here a list:


OBS Studio

Captura (is dead at the moment or to be more precise not maintained, but this can change in the future)


UltraVnc screen recorder

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.