SimpleScreenRecorder (SSR) – application for recording Linux desktop

Simple Screen Recorder (SSR) - Qt application for recording Linux desktop

SimpleScreenRecorder is a Linux program to record programs and games. There were already a few programs that could do this, but I wasn’t 100% happy with any of them.

In this utility has all possibilities that you need from the application for screencasts: you can record the whole screen (supports multiple monitors), to record a specific area, to follow the cursor to write OpenGL application (which can be used to write games), record audio (PulseAudio, JACK and ALSA), options for configuring the video, burn or not to burn the cursor options to pause and resume recording, and much more. In the Appendix there are even experimental feature live streaming.


  • 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, …).
  • Can show a preview during recording, so you don’t waste time recording something only to figure out afterwards that some setting was wrong.
  • Uses libav/ffmpeg libraries for encoding, so it supports many different codecs and file formats (adding more is trivial).
  • Can also do live streaming (experimental).
  • Sensible default settings: no need to change anything if you don’t want to.
  • Tooltips for almost everything: no need to read the documentation to find out what something does.

Installation latest version into Linux Mint:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder libavcodec-extra-* libavformat-extra-*

# if you want to record 32-bit OpenGL applications on a 64-bit system:

sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder-lib:i386 libavcodec-extra-* libavformat-extra-*
Simple Screen Recorder (SSR) - Qt application for recording Linux desktop

Simple Screen Recorder (SSR) - Qt application for recording Linux desktop

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2021 years ago

new version released