Install or Update Simple Screen Recorder 0.3.8 in Ubuntu

Record Screen on Linux Desktop - If you looking for best screen recorder for Linux like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary and derivatives system, then Simple Screen Recorder is the first thing you can try to capture your Linux screen.

Despite the name, this program actually has a lot of options. It can record programs, games the entire screen or part of it, or record OpenGL applications directly that developed by Maarten Baert.

The recording can be paused and resumed at any time and many different file formats and codecs are supported.

Best Screen Recorder App For Linux Ubuntu, Mint, Elementary OS

SimpleScreenRecorder is totally free and open source software which means you can redistribute nor modify the source code under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License and it supports X11 and OpenGL.

This screen recorder application for Linux has a Qt-based graphical user interface. I have used this code to create Linux tutorial videos.

Key Features

  • Graphical user interface (Qt-based).
  • Faster than VLC and ffmpeg/avconv.
  • Records the entire screen or part of it, or records OpenGL applications directly (similar to Fraps on Windows).
  • Synchronizes audio and video properly (a common issue with VLC and ffmpeg/avconv).
  • Reduces the video frame rate if your computer is too slow (rather than using up all your RAM like VLC does).
  • Fully multithreaded: small delays in any of the components will never block the other components, resulting is smoother video and better performance on computers with multiple processors.
  • Pause and resume recording at any time (either by clicking a button or by pressing a hotkey).
  • Shows statistics during recording (file size, bit rate, total recording time, actual frame rate, ...).
  • And many more

It's not only for Ubuntu and derivatives, SimpleScreenRecorder also work on any Linux distribution including Arch Linux, Gentoo, KaOS, OpenSUSE, Fedora, SLackware, Mageia, NixOS, and other Linux OSes.

What's New in 0.3.8?

  • Added support for latest FFmpeg/libav.
  • Make relaxed GLInject permissions actually work.
  • The backend now supports fragmented recording, but there is no GUI for this yet.
  • System tray icon now indicates errors during recording.

Also read on Linuxslaves :

Installing Latest SimpleScreenRecorder in Ubuntu Desktop

The new release has been made into its official PPA. It's available for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin, 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr, 15.04 Vivid Vervet, 15.10 Wily Werewolf, 16.04 Xenial Xerus and the latest Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak.

Update Simple Screen Recorder in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Okay, here are things to do :

Step 1 - Open terminal window (Alt+Ctrl+T), then run the following commands to add the PPA :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder

Step 2 - Once added, now run the command below to resynchronizes the local index of packages :

sudo apt-get update

Tired typing the same Linux command? You can simply create command line shortcut using bash aliases to save your time.

Step 3 - Final touch, to install or update the SimpleScreenRecoder 0.3.8 via PPA :

sudo apt remove simplescreenrecorder simplescreenrecorder-lib


Run the following to record 32-bit OpenGL applications on a 64-bit based system :

sudo apt install simplescreenrecorder-lib:i386

That's it! You can now open the app via Unity dash or other Ubuntu's app launcher like Synapse Launcher.

So that all I can write about a step-by-step tutorial how to install simplescreenrecorder as the best screen recorder app for Ubuntu Linux and derivatives system. Thanks for visiting us!