How to Install Shutter Screenshot Tool on Ubuntu 20.04

Shutter is a free and open-source feature-rich screenshot application for GNU/Linux distributions such as Ubuntu.

This application also allows you to take screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website. Even you can edit your screenshot and apply different effects to it such as draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting sites such as Imgur and Dropbox, all within one window.

It’s a nifty tool for adding arrows and text on the images. You can also use it to resize images in Ubuntu or whichever Linux distribution you are using. Don’t want to show sensitive data like Bank Account details, Credit Card numbers or e-Mail addresses, Shutter gives you two simple but effective tools to hide this data.

Shutter allows you to to upload your screenshot with nice link-formatting so you can post the generated link directly in the forum. This application ships with a great variety of plugins that allow you to add impressive effects which helps to give unique Look to Your Screenshots.

Key Features of Shutter

  • Free and Open-Source
  • Allows you to Capture a Specific Area, your Desktop, Window, Menu, Website etc.
  • Crop your screenshot
  • Offers a specific auto-increment shape that can be added to the screenshot
  • Pixelize to Hide Private Data such as Email ID, Mobile Number
  • Add text and different shapes to your screenshot such as Arrows, Rectangles, Ellipses etc.

This article explains two methods of installing Shutter on Ubuntu 20.04.

Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Method 1: Installing Shutter Screenshot Tool as a Snap Package

The easiest way to install Shutter on Ubuntu 20.04 is by using the snap packaging system.

A snap package is a type of universal Linux package that you can enjoy irrespective of the distro. Its an self-contained software packages that include the binary all dependencies needed to run the application.

All you need is the snap service pre-configured, In the case of Ubuntu 20.04, it comes with snap pre-installed.

If snapd package is not already installed then you can install it by running following command.

$ sudo apt install snapd

Note: Snap packages can be installed from either the command-line or via the Ubuntu Software application.

This is actually the Snap version of the Shutter. It can be used on any Linux distribution that has Snap support.

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type the following command to install the Shutter Screenshot Tool package.

$ sudo snap install shutter

At this step, you have successfully installed Shutter on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

Type the following command to update Shutter package.

$ sudo snap refresh shutter

Method 2: Installing Shutter via PPA Repository

If you want to install the most recent version of Shutter Screenshot Tool, you can use the PPA repository.

Personal Package Archives (PPA) are software repositories designed for Ubuntu users and are easier to install than other third-party repositories. PPAs are often used to distribute pre-release software so that it can be tested.

Step #1

First of all open the terminal from system application launcher and type the following command to add the Shutter PPA to your system.

$ sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:linuxuprising/shutter

Step #2

Then, execute the following commands to install Shutter package on your Ubuntu system.

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install shutter

Once installed, launch it from your system application menu.

Starting Shutter

Shutter can be launched from the command line by typing shutter or In the Activities search bar type “Shutter” and click on the icon.

Shutter User Interface:

How to Uninstall Shutter from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Shutter, refer following methods.

Method #1

If you have installed Shutter via Snap type the following command:

$ sudo snap remove shutter

Method #2

If you have installed the Shutter Screenshot Tool through PPA then uninstall it by following one of the below procedures.

Procedure #1

It’s most likely that you added the PPA using add-apt-repository command. You can use the same command to remove the PPA as well. Just give it --remove option in the command.

$ sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:linuxuprising/shutter

Note: Use this procedure only if you need to remove the PPA and not the applications installed by it.

Procedure #2

You must have noticed that in the above procedure we only talked about deleting or removing a PPA. What about the applications installed using these PPAs? Will they be removed as a result of removing the PPA? The answer is NO.

So this is when ppa-purge comes in picture. It not only disables the PPA but also uninstalls all the programs installed by the PPA or revert them to original version provided by your distribution.

So type the following command to install the ppa-purge package and uninstall the Shutter package.

$ sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:linuxuprising/shutter


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to Install Shutter Screenshot Tool on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

Leave a Comment