Top 5 Screen cast Softwares for Linux

Screen cast Softwares

A Screen cast software(screen recorder) is the  recording of computer screen, also known as a  screen capture with audio. we can also hear a regular word screenshot, the difference between screenshot and screen cast is the  screenshot generates a single picture of a computer screen but, where as screen cast records all the user activities on screen with audio narration like movie it would be saved as in video format. the video is in sevaral formats like flv,mp4,avi etc..

The  screen cast is very much useful today’s world. It can be useful to demonstrate and teach the use of software features.This software is commonly used for desktop recording, gameplay recording and video editing.

There are many screen casting softwares available in market some are free and some are commercial. In this arical we will know about The top 5 Screen cast Softwares for Linux. I am writing it in my own way and you may disagree with me with my ranking of the softwares.

The top five screen casting software are as follows

  1. Simple Screen Recorder
  2. Record My Desktop
  3. Kazam Screen caster
  4. VLC Media player
  5. wink

Simple screen recorder

Simple screen recorder is a linux program is used to record the programs and games. It is simple and easy to use than other programs. It has Graphical user Interface, It Records the entire screen or part of it, or records OpenGL applications directly. We can Pause and resume recording at any time.

To install simple screen recorder in Ubuntu/Linux first we have to add it to repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder

Then update the repository and install simple screen recorder program by using apt-get install.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder

simple screen recorder

The official page to Download Simple Screen Recorder is from here.

Record My Desktop

Record my desktop is a Desktop session recorder for GNU/ Linux. we can record in various formats like flv, avi, mp4 etc. we can Pause and resume recording at any time.

By using the following command we can easily install the Record my desktop app in Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install recordmydesktop

Record MyDesktop  also offers the ability to record audio through ALSA, OSS or the JACK audio server.

The official page to Download Recordmydesktop is from here.

Kazam Screen caster

Kazam is also a simple screen recording program that will capture the content of your screen and record a video file that can be played by any video player that supports VP8/WebM video format.

It is Easy to use, output looks great and it handles sound from the mike and internal audio monitor at the same time. Very excited. Excellent software.

By using the following command we can easily install the Kazam Screen caster in Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install kazam

It Records the entire screen or part of the selection area.

kazam screen cast software

The official page to Download Kazam Screen caster is from here.

VLC Media player

Vlc media player is one of the famous media player which can play any format without any doubt. we can also Capture the desktop by using vlc media player in very simple way.

vlc screen cast

The process to capture to screen by using VLC player is as follows:

Open Vlc media player, select media->open capture device. Then select the capture mode is Desktop in Capture Device tab. Select the frame rate, if you want to supply additional audio select it. Finally select it convert and destination to save the file and format to save.

The official page to Download Vlc media player is from here.


Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software. By using Wink you can capture screenshots and also create a highly effective tutorial(adding explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc ).

we have to get the source of wink by using wget command as follows.

wget -O winkcurrentver.tar.gz

Extract the wincurrentver.tar.gz and run th command, Then run the “” shell script in the command prompt and it will prompt you for the path to install Wink

Wink is a 32-bit application. If you are running a 64-bit system, make sure ia32-libs is installed or not, if doesn’t installed install it by following command

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

If the NumLock key is switched on, hotkeys in Wink do not work.  So make sure to turn off the NumLock key while capturing.

The official page to Download wink screen cast software is from here.