PPA-Installation Guide

This is a step-by-step procedure for installing Shutter on Ubuntu, aimed at beginners or users who rarely worked with PPAs (Personal Package Archives) before.

Please note: This guide applies only to Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) and later

  1. You can add a PPA to your system with a single line in your terminal. Open a terminal and enter:
  2. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shutter/ppa
  3. Now, as a one-off, you should tell your system to pull down the latest list of software from each archive it knows about, including the PPA you just added:
  4. sudo apt-get update
  5. Install Shutter
  6. sudo apt-get install shutter

On older (pre 9.10) Ubuntu systems

  1. Add Shutter PPA to your ‘Software Sources’
    Navigate to SystemAdministrationSoftware Sources

  2. Visit our PPA (hosted at Launchpad.net – https://launchpad.net/~shutter/+archive/ppa)
    Select your Ubuntu release and copy the first line into your clipboard (Ctrl+C) as shown below.
  3. Each PPA has its own unique key that is used to sign the packages in that archive. To add the PPA’s key to your own system open a terminal and enter :
    wget -q http://shutter-project.org/shutter-ppa.key -O- | sudo apt-key add -


    Hint: Don’t forget the trailing dash. You’ll see a confirming ‘OK’ when the command was successfull.

    (Until you add the PPA’s key to your own system, you’ll see warnings that you’re downloading from an untrusted source)

  4. Return to the ‘Software Sources’ window, navigate to the Third Party Software tab and hit the Add button.

  5. Paste your clipboard content into the entry box of the following popup to add our repository to the list of software sources. Then click on Add Source.
  6. If everything worked as expected our repository should be activated now. You can now close the window.
  7. When prompted to ‘Reload the information about available software’ press Reload and wait for the operation to complete.

  8. Now, just click here to install Shutter (using AptURL)

    or open a terminal and enter:

    sudo apt-get install shutter
  9. After the package manager has done its work you will be able to start Shutter for the first time using the menu entry.


  1. Can this PPA possibly be used with Debian Sid…or will it mess up something ???

    • Romario

      To be honest, I don’t know. You could also use the .deb files if you don’t want to try it out.

  2. chessmaster

    Thanks for providing this nice program

  3. Lynx Heureux

    Not working with Ubuntu 08.04 Hardy Heron because libunique, a package Shutter depends indirectly is not available for that platform.

    Thus, Shutter is not available for this old LTS.

    • Romario

      Thanks for letting us know.
      I have uploaded the needed packages to our webserver and updated the download information. Additionally, I have pushed the package into our PPA.

      • Lynx Heureux

        I confirm it works now with Ubuntu Hardy Heron 08.04 LTS. Thank you for the quick response and solution.

  4. scoutrider

    …Nicest screen capture tool I’ve used.
    …and it looks like it does more?
    …Still have to see what this website part does.;-)
    …but while I’m here:


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