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mate-screenshot - capture the screen, a window, or an user-defined area and save the snapshot image to a file.


mate-screenshot [ -w ] [ -a ] [ -b ] [ -B ] [ -d SECONDS ] [ -e EFFECT ] [ -i ] [ --display DISPLAY ]


mate-screenshot is a MATE utility for taking screenshots of the entire screen, a window or an user-defined area of the screen, with optional beutifying border effects.


Grab the current active window instead of the entire screen.
Grab an area of the screen instead of the entire screen.
Include the window border within the screenshot.
Remove the window border from the screenshot.
Take the screenshot after the specified delay [in seconds].
Add an effect to the outside of the screenshot border. EFFECT can be ``shadow'' (adding drop shadow), ``border'' (adding rectangular space around the screenshot) or ``none'' (no effect). Default is ``none''.
Interactively set options in a dialog.
X display to use.
-?, -h, --help
Show a summary of the available options.

In addition, the usual GTK+ and MATE command line options apply. See the output of --help for details.


mate-options(7), gtk-options(7)


This manual page was written by Christian Marillat <> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

Updated by Theppitak Karoonboonyanan <>, Tom Feiner <> and Cosimo Cecchi <>

June 28, 2009