While I prefer recording my screen using an FFmpeg script, a lot of Linux users continue to seek GUI solutions. If you are one of those users, then read on!

SimpleScreenRecorder is an application that makes screencasting a breeze. Despite its name, the application comes with quite a few options that allow you to record your desktop using a simple and effective interface.

Some of SimpleScreenRecorder's key features include:
  • Simple and convenient Qt interface
  • Correct audio/video synchronization
  • Wide range of supported codecs (i.e. it uses ffmpeg/libav for encoding)
  • Ability to preview the output while recording
  • Pause/Resume
  • Multithreaded recording (i.e. better video quality and less CPU overhead)
  • Full control over the recorded area (i.e. it can record the whole screen or a part of it)
  • Optimized for slow computer
  • Live Streaming (beta feature)


#Welcome Screen

#Output Formats

#Recording In Action

#Tray Icon

To install SimpleScreenRecorder in Ubuntu, simply add the following PPA to your software sources (it offers binaries for Precise, Quantal, Raring, Saucy and Trusty):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder

Arch users can easily install SSR using the following command (it is available in the official repositories):

sudo pacman -S simplescreenrecorder

If you are feeling adventurous, you can also install the git version using any AUR helper.