How to take screenshots on the Pi

Taking a screenshot isn’t enabled by default of the raspberry pi, so here is how you do it.

1. Open LXTerminal

First open up LXTerminal on your desktop.



2. Install Scrot

Now you need to download and install Scrot, a tiny screen shot utility. Open up LXTerminal and type the following command:

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo apt-get install scrot

dont type – pi@raspberrypi ~ $ – just the stuff after it!!!!! Here’s what the above does:

Sudo ( Super user do – give yourself special permission because you are installing software)

apt-get ( this is a program called Aptitude that goes and fetches most Linux software from the internet for you)

For those who are interested most Linux software is stored online repositories that you can access for FREE!

install (when we have got the software we want to install it)

scrot (The name of the software)


3. Take a screenshot.

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ scrot

or a 5 second delay before taking a screenshot:

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ scrot -d 5


4. View a screenshot.

Your screen shots will be saved in your Pi home folder. To find this folder click on the Start menu – Accessories – File Manager and you should be able to see your screen shots in here.


Here is a screen shot I saved