Official Shutter Screenshot Tool Launchpad PPA Revived (For Ubuntu 21.04 And 20.04, Linux Mint 20.x)

Shutter screenshot tool GTK3

The official Shutter PPA has been revived! Since I was already maintaining a PPA for Shutter screenshot tool, and the tool’s developers were looking for someone to maintain the official Shutter PPA, they thought I’d maintain it.

So from now on I will be updating the official Shutter PPA with new releases. Right now, the official Shutter PPA has the latest Shutter (which has been ported to GTK3) for Ubuntu 21.04 and 20.04 (LTS), and Linux distributions based on these Ubuntu versions, like Pop!_OS 21.04 or 20.04, or Linux Mint 20.x. You may also use the PPA to install the gnome-web-photo package (this depends on old libraries though) which allows Shutter to take website screenshots.

If you were using the Linux Uprising Shutter PPA, please remove it and add the official Shutter PPA. I will continue to update the Linux Uprising Shutter PPA for some time, though (mirrored from the official PPA), to get the updates to those who don’t read this. There are instructions near the end of the article for how to remove the Linux Uprising Shutter PPA and add the official PPA.

Not familiar with Shutter? This is a desktop screenshot tool that can take a screenshot of your complete desktop, a monitor, a rectangular area or a window (and optionally even websites), with an optional delay. You can then edit the screenshot easily with its built-in editor, which allows cropping the image as well as adding various annotation elements like text, lines, arrows, highlights, shapes, and even censor portions of the screen.

Shutter screenshot tool editor

Shutter screenshot editor / annotator

The tool also includes plugins which allow applying an effect to your screenshot (e.g. barrel distortion, sepia, watermark, etc.), built-in actions that can be triggered after taking a screenshot, and other features.

The screenshot, either just as it was taken or after it’s been edited, can then be uploaded to Imgur, Dropbox or other image hosting services, directly from Shutter.

You might also like Ksnip or Flameshot screenshot tools.

The application continued to use Gtk2 until recently, and due to that reason it’s been removed from the official repositories of some Linux distributions, including Debian / Ubuntu. With version 0.96, released back in May 2021, Shutter was ported to GTK3, but it’s going to take a while until Linux distributions start offering it in their repositories again.

Until then (and if there’s a newer Shutter version in the PPA), if you use Ubuntu or an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution (Linux Mint, Pop!_OS, etc., based on either Ubuntu 20.04 LTS or 21.04), you can use the official Shutter PPA to install the latest Shutter screenshot tool release.

It’s important to note that Shutter does not support Wayland yet!

You can add the official Shutter PPA and install the tool on Ubuntu 21.04 or 20.04 and Linux distributions based on these Ubuntu versions (Linux Mint 20.x, Pop!_OS 20.04 or 21.04, etc.) using:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shutter/ppa

sudo apt update #this is no longer needed on Ubuntu but its required on Linux Mint

sudo apt install shutter

You may also install the optional gnome-web-photo (which depends on some old libraries) from this PPA to capture full website screenshots with Shutter:

sudo apt install gnome-web-photo

To have a tray icon when using GNOME Shell with the Ubuntu AppIndicators extension, the PPA package installs gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1 as a “recommended” package (not as a hard dependency, so it’s not forced on every desktop environment). In case you’re missing the tray icon, see if you have the gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1 package installed and if it’s not, install it:

sudo apt install gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1

If you want to remove the Linux Uprising Shutter PPA (since it will not be maintained for long; use the official Shutter PPA as mentioned above instead), you can use the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:linuxuprising/shutter

Not using Ubuntu or an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution? See the Shutter installation intructions for other Linux distributions.

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