Qtile screenshot

17. 04. 2016 | Jakub Kadlčík | EN desktop qtile

Do you like to share screenshots of your desktop? Do you use Qtile? Then keep reading!

Probably you have been using scrot for this matter so far. It is a great tool, but it allows you to take only screenshot of your current group (workspace). But what to do, when you want to show all of your groups? Then you use qtile-screenshot.

Example screenshot from FrostyX's laptop


This tool is not packaged for any Linux distribution yet, so you have basically two options how to get it. Choose the preferred one:

pip install --user qtile-screenshot


git clone https://github.com/FrostyX/qtile-screenshot.git


Basic usage is just running qtile-screenshot command. It will go through all your groups, take screenshot of each one and then merge them together. Please see the following list of possible arguments to modify it’s behaviour.

optional arguments:
  --groups [GROUPS [GROUPS ...]],
      workspaces that only should be on the screenshot

  -e, --with-empty
      make screenshot even from empty workspaces

      show at most one empty groups if there is such

  -o OUTPUT, --output OUTPUT
      path to output directory or path to screenshot file


So how exactly I made the screenshot located above in this blog post?

qtile-screenshot --groups i r d --output /tmp

And my screenshot was saved as /tmp/qtile_2016-04-25_20:30:15.

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