Screen recording on Wayland / Pop_OS

One of the annoying things about being on the bleeding edge, is that some things don't work as you expect. I use the Wayland Display Server on my Linux box. And I couldn't find a simple screen recorder which worked.

Turns out, Gnome has a hidden screen recorder! To activate it, press these keys simultaneously.

A small circle icon will appear in your tray to show it is recording. By default, the recordings last 30 seconds, and are saved as a WebM in the ~/Videos directory.

If you want to stop the screen recording, just hit the same keys again.


This is basic. I mean really basic. It records the whole screen. There is no way to get it to only record a specific window. If you have multiple monitors, it records everything spanned across them.

It doesn't record sound, so you'll need to add commentary later if that's what you're after.

There is no GUI to configure it. If you want to change the recording length, run this command in your terminal

gsettings set max-screencast-length 90

That sets the length to 90 seconds. Set it to 0 to have no limit.

There is a tiny amount of documentation available.

What Else?

If you know of a better screen recording tool - which works with Wayland - and won't take me ages to learn, I'd love to hear about it.

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