Shutter - Feature-rich Screenshot Tool


shutter [options]


Shutter is Copyright (C) by Mario Kemper and Shutter Team


Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program. You can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website - apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window.


Example 1

shutter -a -p=myprofile --min_at_startup

Example 2

shutter -s=100,100,300,300 -e

Example 3

shutter --window=.*firefox.*

Example 4

shutter --web=/ -e


-s, --select=[X,Y,WIDTH,HEIGHT]

Capture an area of the screen. Providing X,Y,WIDTH,HEIGHT is optional.

-f, --full

Capture the entire screen.

-w, --window=[NAME_PATTERN]

Select a window to capture. Providing a NAME_PATTERN (Perl-style regex) ist optional.

-a, --active

Capture the current active window.


Capture a section. You will be able to select any child window by moving the mouse over it.

-m, --menu

Capture a menu.

-t, --tooltip

Capture a tooltip.


Capture a webpage. Providing an URL ist optional.

-r, --redo

Redo last screenshot.


-p, --profile=NAME

Load a specific profile on startup.

-o, --output=FILENAME

Specify a filename to save the screenshot to (overwrites any profile-related setting).

Supported image formats: You can save to any popular image format (e.g. jpeg, png, gif, bmp). Additionally it is possible to save to pdf, ps or svg.

Please note: There are several wildcards available, like

 %Y = year
 %m = month
 %d = day
 %T = time
 $w = width
 $h = height
 $name = multi-purpose (e.g. window title)
 $nb_name = like $name but without blanks in resulting strings
 $profile = name of current profile
 $R = random char (e.g. $RRRR = ag4r)
 %NN = counter

The string is interpretted by strftime. See man strftime for more examples.

As an example: shutter -f -e -o './%y-%m-%d_$w_$h.png' would create a file named '11-10-28_1280_800.png' in the current directory.

-d, --delay=SECONDS

Wait n seconds before taking a screenshot.

-c, --include_cursor

Include cursor when taking a screenshot.

-C, --remove_cursor

Remove cursor when taking a screenshot.


-h, --help

Prints a brief help message and exits.

-v, --version

Prints version information.

-d, --debug

Prints a lot of debugging information to STDOUT.


Clears cache, e.g. installed plugins, at startup.


Starts Shutter minimized to tray.


Disables systray icon.

-e, --exit_after_capture

Exit after the first capture has been made. This is useful when using Shutter in scripts.

-n, --no_session

Do not add the screenshot to the session. This is useful when using Shutter in scripts.


If you find a bug in Shutter, you should report it. But first, you should make sure that it really is a bug, and that it appears in the latest version of Shutter.

The latest version is always available from:

Once you have determined that a bug actually exists, please report it at launchpad: