How to install and configure Shutter screenshot tool, so you can use a keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot of the current window or screen.

What is Shutter?

Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot tool, originally developed in 2013. It has the advantage over default screenshot tools, that it has custom file naming.

Screenshot of a FreeBSD desktop, that is showing GNOME, Terminal and a The Draw FreeBSD daemon Beastie background wallpaper.
Screenshot of a FreeBSD desktop, that is showing GNOME, Terminal and a The Draw FreeBSD daemon Beastie background wallpaper.

Install Shutter.

Install Shutter with the FreeBSD package tool.

# pkg install shutter

Shutter comes with a manual, that describes, how to use it. Be aware, that not every option work.

$ man shutter

Configure GNOME.

Configure GNOME by opening Settings and Keyboard Shortcuts. Create new shortcuts and use the commands below. You might want to use PrintScr for taking a screenshot of the entire screen and Alt+PrintScr for taking a screenshot of the active window. If you omit the full path, GNOME might not be able to run the commands.

/usr/local/bin/shutter -f -o ~/%Y-%m-%d-%H-%M-%S-screenshot.png -e -n
/usr/local/bin/shutter -a -o ~/%Y-%m-%d-%H-%M-%S-screenshot-window.png -e -n

This page was last updated 2021-04-08.