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BYZANZ-RECORD(1) General Commands Manual BYZANZ-RECORD(1)


byzanz-record - record your desktop session to an animated GIF


byzanz-record [options] FILENAME


Byzanz records your desktop session to an animated GIF. You can record your entire screen, a single window, or an arbitrary region. byzanz-record allows you to make recordings from the command line. Graphical users may want to use the panel applet instead.


Application Options:

Record audio from the default input device. This only works if the output format supports it and will otherwise cause an error.
Record mouse cursor
Duration of animation (default: 10 seconds)
Instead of specifying the duration of the animation, execute the given COMMAND and record until the command exits. This is useful both for benchmarking and to use more complex ways to stop the recording, like writing scripts that listen on dbus.
Delay before start (default: 1 second)
X display to use
Height of recording rectangle
be verbose
Width of recording rectangle
X coordinate of rectangle to record
Y coordinate of rectangle to record

Help Options:

-?, --help
Show help options
Show all help options
Show GTK+ Options


After byzanz-record is finished, the recording is written to FILENAME. The format is determined by the filename extension. The following formats are supported:

Record to Byzanz' internal debugging format. This is useful for benchmarking Byzanz or if you want to convert the recording to multiple formats later. You can use byzanz-playback(1) to convert the file.
Record to a Flash Screen video. This recording method is lossless. Use it if you want to postprocess the file in other applications.
Record to an animated GIF image. Use this if you want to record a mostly static screen with a limited amount of colors, such as using a file manager or an office application. This is the default and will be used if an unrecognized extension is used.
Record to an Ogg Theora video. This format supports audio. Use this if you want to record dynamic contents, such as video playback.
Record to a WebM video. This format consists of VP8 video and Vorbis audio streams. Use this if you want to record dynamic contents, e.g. for a HTML5 video.




Byzanz was written by Benjamin Otte <>.

This manual page was last updated for version 0.2.1.