Screen recording in Ubuntu 18.04 using Kazam

Part of my work is to screen record (screencast): software demos and programming tutorial. I am also a MacOS user and in Mac I used ScreenFlow for screencasting. Since using Ubuntu as my primary operating system at work. I wanted continue my screencasting work. I once used Kazam in mid 2019 and it can handle the basic screen recording requirement we will need, mostly. It is open-source and available from Ubuntu apt repository. Kazam’s official website is

1. Start by installing Kazam by opening your terminal and typing this command.

sudo apt install kazam

1. Install Kazam from terminal

2. Enter your password. This installation requires that you have sudo privilege.

2. Enter Password

3. Completed installation will look similar to this.

3. Completed Kazam Installation

4. Launch Kazam

4. Launch Kazam

5. You can configure Kazam based on your screen casting requirement. Press Capture button to start recording.

5. Start Recording

Screen recording sample

6. You can stop or pause your recording by clicking the Kazam icon from Ubuntu top navigation.

6. Stop or Pause your Kazam recording

7. Completing your recording session

7. Completing your screen recording

8. Once you’re done recording. Save the file and kazam will automatically convert the file to an mp4 format. You can then do your post productionn or directly upload it on YouTube. I do however noticed that mp4 files generated by Kazam don’t work in MacOS quicktime. I am not sure why though.

8. Save your recording

By default files will be saved in Videos folder

By default, all screencast will be save in your Videos folder

9. Completed recording file. Great Work.

9. Your saved screencast file

I am glad that Kazam provides screen recording capabilities for Ubuntu or Linux in general. I don’t have to switch to MacOS or Windows for my screencasting needs.

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