SimpleScreenRecorder is a Linux program that I’ve created to record programs and games. There were already a few programs that could do this, but I wasn’t 100% happy with any of them, so I created my own.

My original goal was to create a program that was just really simple to use, but as I was writing it I started adding more and more features, and the result is actually a pretty powerful program. It’s ‘simple’ in the sense that it’s easier to use than ffmpeg/avconv or VLC, because it has a straightforward user interface.

The input selection page:

Image: screenshot.png

Demo video:


  • Graphical user interface (Qt-based).
  • Faster than VLC and ffmpeg/avconv.
  • Records the entire screen or part of it, or records OpenGL applications directly (similar to Fraps on Windows).
  • Synchronizes audio and video properly (a common issue with VLC and ffmpeg/avconv).
  • Reduces the video frame rate if your computer is too slow (rather than using up all your RAM like VLC does).
  • Fully multithreaded: small delays in any of the components will never block the other components, resulting is smoother video and better performance on computers with multiple processors.
  • Pause and resume recording at any time (either by clicking a button or by pressing a hotkey).
  • Shows statistics during recording (file size, bit rate, total recording time, actual frame rate, …).
  • Can show a preview during recording, so you don’t waste time recording something only to figure out afterwards that some setting was wrong.
  • Uses libav/ffmpeg libraries for encoding, so it supports many different codecs and file formats (adding more is trivial).
  • Can also do live streaming (experimental).
  • Sensible default settings: no need to change anything if you don’t want to.
  • Tooltips for almost everything: no need to read the documentation to find out what something does.


SimpleScreenRecorder should work on any Linux distribution. I have created packages for some distributions to simplify installation.

Ubuntu Install ‘simplescreenrecorder’ and optionally ‘simplescreenrecorder-lib:i386’ (if you want to record 32-bit OpenGL applications on a 64-bit system) from the SimpleScreenRecorder PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder
# if you want to record 32-bit OpenGL applications on a 64-bit system:
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder-lib:i386

You should copy-paste these commands to a terminal line by line rather than all at once, otherwise it won’t work.

Alternatively, you can install the simplescreenrecorder package from GetDeb.

Arch Linux Install ‘simplescreenrecorder’ and optionally ‘lib32-simplescreenrecorder’ (if you want to record 32-bit OpenGL applications on a 64-bit system).
Gentoo Anders Larsson has created a Gentoo overlay that contains SimpleScreenRecorder. You can find it here.
OpenSUSE Install ‘simplescreenrecorder‘ from the Packman repository. If you want to record 32-bit OpenGL applications on a 64-bit system, you should also install ‘libssr-glinject-32bit’. This package was created by Dmitriy (DAP-DarkneSS).
Fedora Nick Thom has created packages for Fedora 20, they can be found here.
Slackware A SlackBuild is available here.
NixOS You can install SimpleScreenRecorder with the following command:

nix-env -i simplescreenrecorder

The same command should also work on any other distribution provided that the Nix package manager is installed.

Other For all other distributions, you have to compile it yourself for now. It’s not that hard, and there are instructions in the readme file. You can find the source code on GitHub:
If you’re not familiar with git and you just want a .tar.gz file, download this:

If you are using a different distribution and you have created a package for SimpleScreenRecorder, please contact me so I can add it to the list :).