Scrot your screenshot helper


Screenshots are a useful way to capture and share information from a computer screen. They can help you demonstrate how the program works, solve technical problems, and teach and communicate. There are many programs for taking screenshots on Linux, but one of the simplest and most powerful is Scrot.

What is Scrot and how does it work?

Scrot (SCReenshOT) is an open, flexible and lightweight command line tool that allows you to take snapshots of the entire desktop, terminal or a specific window in Linux. Scrot is similar to the import command in Linux, but uses the imlib2 library to capture and save images. It supports several image formats (JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.), which can be specified when creating screenshots using the tool.

To use Scrot, it is enough to install it from the repository of your distribution or from the source code, and then run it with the necessary parameters in the terminal. For example, to take a screenshot of the entire desktop and save it to a file Desktop.jpg in the home folder, you need to run the command:

scrot /home/tecmint/Desktop.jpg

Why do people use Scrot?

Scrot has a number of advantages over other programs for taking screenshots on Linux, such as:

  • Simplicity and speed. Scrot does not require a graphical interface and works directly from the terminal, which saves resources and time.
  • Flexibility and customization. Scrot allows you to select the capture area, adjust the image quality, add date and time to the file name, set the delay before the snapshot, execute additional commands after the snapshot, and much more.
  • Automation and planning. Scrot can be used in cron scripts and tasks to automatically take screenshots on a schedule or under certain conditions.
  • Compatibility and portability. Scrot runs on any Linux distribution and supports various desktop environments and window managers. It also takes into account xrandr settings when working with multiple monitors.

What benefits will Scrot give to your business?

If you use Linux in your business, then Scrot can be a useful tool for you for the following reasons:

  1. You can easily document and demonstrate the operation of your products and services using screenshots.
  2. You will be able to solve technical problems quickly and effectively by sending screenshots to your customers or support.
  3. You will be able to train and communicate with your employees and partners using screenshots for illustration and explanation.
  4. You can save time and resources without spending them on installing and configuring complex screenshot software.

Installation method

We have made a video that will show you how to install Scrot on your system


Scrot is a handy tool for taking screenshots on Linux, which has many advantages over other programs. It is simple, powerful, flexible and compatible with any distribution and desktop environment. He can help you with documenting, demonstrating, solving, learning, and communicating through screenshots. It can also automate and schedule the screenshot creation process according to your needs.