How To Install Flameshot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Flameshot on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Flameshot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Flameshot is an open-source screenshot and annotation tool designed for Linux, macOS, and Windows systems. This app has a varied set of markup tools available, which include Freehand drawing, Lines, Arrows, Boxes, Circles, Highlighting, and Blur. Additionally, you can customize the color, size, and thickness of many of these image annotation tools.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Flameshot open-source screenshot tool on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Flameshot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Flameshot on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install Flameshot from the official Ubuntu repository.

Now run the following command to install Flameshot:

sudo apt install flameshot
  • Install Flameshot via Snap.

If snapd package is not already installed then you can install it by running the following command.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd

To install Flameshot, simply use the following command:

sudo snap install flameshot

Step 3. Accessing Flameshot on Ubuntu.

Once successfully installed, Flameshot can be started manually or we can make it auto-start when the system boots up. Go to “Menu → Type flameshot → Select “flameshot” which will be launched and on the system tray. To access the system tray make sure you have a systray installed in your OS.

Install Flameshot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Flameshot. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Flameshot open-source screenshot tool on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Flameshot website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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