Record Ubuntu Desktop in Animated GIF with Silentcast

An animated Gif by Silentcast

Silentcast is a graphical tool for recording your Linux desktop in an animated gif. By providing an easy-to-follow wizard, it makes recording easier.

With Silentcast, you can:

  • Record screencasts in gif, webm, mp4
  • Record fullscreen, a select window, or a select area.
  • Auto-resize selected window to a given Width and Height.

After you clicking Stop icon on System Tray, a dialog pops-up and asks you whether to continue converting images to GIF or not.


silentcast-1 auto resize select area and size start recording

Install Silentcast in Ubuntu:

Open terminal from the Dash/Menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run below commands one by one to install the tool from its PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sethj/silentcast  

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install silentcast

The PPA so far supports for Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Linux Mint 13/17.

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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.