Best Video Screen Casting/capturing Software for Linux

Recently I have been doing more screen casts for my blog. Unfortunately, in Linux there are not a whole lot of programs available. I will discuss a few a the more popular programs with their pros and cons.

Check out the video below if you want to see the screen cast programs in action.

Istanbul Screencast 
Pros: Easy to install. Simple and clean.
Cons: Not many options. Only records in Ogg vorbis.

Pros: Easy to install. A few more options. Simple and clean.
Cons: Only records in Ogg vorbis.

Pros: Most feature rich. Allows you to select different video formats. Easy to use.
Cons: Apparently no active development for many years. Audio most likely will not work for you and it is quite difficult to get it working.

Kazam Screencaster
Pros: Easy to use. Works well. Saves in .mkv so uploading to works well.
Cons: Not as easy to install (not difficult to install though).

About McKay Christensen

After having lived in Oregon, Alaska, and China for the past 10 years doing landscape design and English teaching, I have returned to my home state of Utah and currently work for a growing tech company.

In my free time I enjoy working on my website where I post tutorials and reviews (and anything else I think is geeky) and I also like to write songs for my Super English Kid Youtube channel.

My favorite things to do include anything with my wife and son. Hiking, camping, and photography (or anything else outdoors). Playing Ultimate Frisbee or Ping Pong. Listening to 60s, 70s, or 80s, music. 

Feel free to contact me using my contact page. I would love to hear from any of you!


  1. I prefer recordmydesktop. It's quite easy to convert to other formats if you have ffmpeg installed:

    ffmpeg -i input.ogg output.webm

  2. Yeah. I did that for a while as well. I like the simplicity of recordmydesktop. I found though that converting the file didn't always work that well. That is why I switch to Kazam.

  3. gnome-shell has a nice screen recorder, it doesn't record sound however. So you just record sound with sound-recorder then mix them together later with openshot


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