Flameshot as screenshot app

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Several days ago, I needed a screenshot of a small part of my screen. As usual I tried to open Shutter and found that the command shutter “is not found”.

Later when I had time, a quick search turn out that Shutter was removed from Debian Buster: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=914183.

My mindset after using Linux for a while is that there are two solutions for such a problem:

  • Try to install it myself.
  • Find another alternative as Linux world is flood with awesome alternatives.

I chose the later and found Flameshot.

I used Windows 10 for my day job and really loved the Snipping tool - the apps for quickly select which part of the screen to save as screenshot. Flameshot has the ability too!

Flameshot

To install:

sudo apt-get install flameshot

How to use:

You can find the in depth about how to use Flameshot here: https://github.com/lupoDharkael/flameshot

How I integrated Flameshot to my Openbox shortcut key (W + PrintScreeen):

<keybind key="W-Print">
      <action name="Execute">
        <startupnotify>
          <enabled>true</enabled>
          <name>snipping</name>
        </startupnotify>
        <command>flameshot gui -p /home/dat/Pictures/Screenshots/</command>
      </action>
</keybind>

Note: “-p /home/dat/Pictures/Screenshots/” - this part is for saving the snipped screenshots into my preferred folder.

Flameshot in action

Notice that it has various kind of tools to edit the screenshot on the fly!

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