Can anyone recommend a free software for recording Skype sessions on Linux? I specifically need it for Ubuntu and CentOS. I need the software to be capable of recording

  1. Audio only
  2. Video only
  3. Both audio and video
  4. Ability to record the remote video and the video from the camera on my localhost.

This would be really useful for keeping track of things people speak at conferences and stuff.

It must keep recording the Skype video even if other windows cover it (I am doing other things when recording, and want to watch the video later).


You can use FFmpeg (free and open source):

https://unix.stackexchange.com/q/11702/16704 :

This command will capture your full desktop: So use this command, whenever you want to record skype-conversation ( or anything else ):

ffmpeg -f x11grab -s wxga -r 25 -i :0.0 -sameq /tmp/out.mpg

If you prefer using a GUI you can use recordMyDesktop (free and open source):

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    The things that you suggested are just screen recorders. This means I have to keep the skype screen on top of others for the entire session. The main reason I need this is to record skype sessions when I am busy doing other things on my computer so that I can view it later. I guess this will not work for my requirement because I cannot switch screens during recording. But pretty good softwares so +1 for that. – Vivek V K Jul 13 '14 at 14:44
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    @VivekVK Try "select window" and then pick your skype session. Dunno if that will work or not. – Seth Jul 13 '14 at 23:47
  • @Seth yeah I am able to do it. thanks – Vivek V K Jul 15 '14 at 10:10

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