Create Screencasts On Linux With RecordMyDesktop

Ever wanted to create a video tutorial in Linux? You have tried every software on the Internet and they do give results but far from good? Check this out, RecordMyDesktop is what you need.


recordmydesktop is pretty simple to use. It has a CLI (command line interface) design but also has a GUI called “the gtk-recordmydesktop".

RecordMyDesktop is an open source software and is available free of cost.

It uses py-gtk and py-qt34 (the python graphics toolkits for windowing) for the front-end and C language for the back-end. The video is saved in ogg format, and the software has support for recording sounds as well.

The recording is fully customizable and the GUI rests on the panel-tray as a record toggle button.

To install recordmydesktop ::

Key in the following code in your terminal

sudo apt-get install recordmydesktop gtk-recordmydesktop

That is pretty much all. You should be able to capture videos of your workstation now. I used it for the first time to capture videos of the compiz effects.

For more information on recordmydesktop, visit the homepage at : recordmydesktop homepage

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.