Ksnip 1.8, update of this program to take screenshots

about ksnip 1.8

In the next article we are going to take a look at Ksnip 1.8. Is about a feature-packed, cross-platform screenshot tool, which we talked about previously in this blog. It has recently been updated to version 1.8.0, and has received new image manipulation / annotation tools, the ability to pin screenshots to a frameless window, and quite a few more. This is a free and open source Qt5 screenshot tool, running on Gnu / Linux, Windows and macOS.

With this latest Ksnip update we can take screenshots of a rectangular area, full screen, current screen and active window, including support for annotations. It also offers tools such as line, rectangle, ellipse, arrow, pen, marker (rectangle, ellipse, pen), text, arrow text, automatic numbers and stickers, as well as the ability to scale or crop the screenshot after it has been taken.

The last Ksnip too has added a new image effects button, along with 3 effects; shadow, grayscale and border. It will also allow us to preview the chosen effect in real time. We will only have to choose one of them and this will be applied to the capture.

This version also offers a tool for pixelation, which will allow us to hide parts of the screenshots. The new option of Pixelated share a button with the Blur it already exists in older versions.

ksnip 1.8 usage example

Now it is also possible to modify the selected rectangle before taking a screenshot. To do this we will only have to press the key Ctrl while we draw the rectangle. Ksnip will allow us to change the size of the area to be captured. When we finish adjusting the rectangle, we will only have to press the key Intro to take the screenshot.

General characteristics of Ksnip 1.8

ksnip 1.8 preferences

The latest version of ksnip contains, among others, the following features:

  • It can work on Gnu / Linux (X11, Plasma Wayland, GNOME Wayland and xdg-desktop-portal Wayland), Windows and macOS.
  • It will also allow us take a screenshot of a custom rectangular area, which can be drawn with the mouse cursor. It will also give us the option of take a screenshot of the last rectangular area selected, without having to reselect it. The program will allow us to take a screenshot of the monitor where the mouse cursor is currently. Besides these, Ksnip 1.8 will allow us to take other types of screenshots.
  • We will can set a delay to take a customizable capture, this will be available for all available capture options.
  • With this program we will also have the ability to upload screenshots directly to imgur.com in anonymous or user mode.
  • It will give us the option of print the screenshot or save it in .PDF or .PS.
  • We will be able annotate screenshots with pen, marker, rectangles, ellipses, texts, and other tools.

app menu

  • This version will give us the ability to hide image regions with blur and pixelation.
  • We will can add effects to the image (Shadow, Grayscale, or Border).
  • It will also give us the possibility of add watermarks to captured images.
  • It will give us the possibility of open existing images via a dialog, drag and drop or paste from clipboard.
  • This version includes many configuration options.

These are just some of the features in ksnip version 1.8. All of them can be consulted in detail from the project GitHub page.

Install Ksnip 1.8 on Ubuntu 20.04

In the releases page from Ksnip we will find available for Gnu / Linux, Windows and macOS the packages to install this program. On this page we will find a .DEB package or an AppImage file that we can use in Ubuntu.

As snap package

This version of the program can also be found available at snapcraft. To install it on our computer we will only need to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the command:

install as snap

sudo snap install ksnip

After the installation, we can now search to launch the program on our computer to start using it.

app launcher


If you have used the snap package for the installation and now you want remove it from your team, you just have to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run the command:

uninstall snap package

sudo snap remove ksnip

As flatpak package

For install this program as a package flatpak, first we will have to have this technology enabled on our computer. If you are using Ubuntu 20.04 and still cannot install flatpak packages, you can follow the guide that a colleague wrote on this blog a while ago.

Once the possibility of installing flatpak packages is enabled, we will only have to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the command:

install as flatpak

flatpak install flathub org.ksnip.ksnip

After installation, We can now search for the program launcher, or from the terminal launch the following command to start the program:

flatpak run org.ksnip.ksnip


If you chose to install the flatpak package, you can remove it from your team opening a terminal and using the following command in it:

uninstall flatpak app

flatpak uninstall org.ksnip.ksnip

For more information about this program, users can consult the project GitHub page.

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