How to take screenshots on the Raspberry Pi

You may want to take pictures of your Raspberry Pi’s screen sometimes. Well, I will tell you how to take them in this blog post!

Take a screenshot with scrot:

You can take screenshots of your Pi’s screen with scrot. On Raspbian Jessie, you can take a screenshot of your desktop using scrot by pressing PrtScn on your Raspberry Pi’s keyboard. The screenshot is instantly taken and saved.

On Raspbian Wheezy and Jessie you can take a screenshot by typing the following to the terminal:


If you get the bash: scrot: command not found then install scrot with the following command:

sudo apt-get install scrot

Now try again:


Now, the screenshot has been taken!

To learn more about using scrot, type in scrot –help to the terminal.

Take a screenshot with gnome-screenshot

You can install gnome-screenshot in Raspbian by typing in the following to the terminal:

sudo apt-get install gnome-screenshot

Now, go to Menu/Accessories and click on Screenshot.

A window should open, looking like this:


Configure the screenshot, and click Take Screenshot. After the delay of seconds you set for the screenshot, a window should open asking you what to call your screenshot’s file and where to save your screenshot.


Epic Chas Gamer 🙂



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