How To Install Kazam on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Kazam on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Kazam on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Kazam is a simple screen recording program that will capture the content of your screen and record a video file that can be played by any video player that supports VP8/WebM video format. This utility requires a small configuration setup and is perfect for new users who just want to capture and record screen videos. Kazam records crystal clear sound and can save the video file in several different file formats.

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 Kazam screen recorder for the Linux desktop. 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 Kazam 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 Kazam on Ubuntu 20.04.

Kazam software is available in the default Ubuntu repositories but not the latest version. If you want to install the newer Kazam, you can use this unofficial PPA that is available for Ubuntu systems:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kazam-team/unstable-series
sudo apt update
sudo apt install kazam python3-cairo python3-xlib

Step 3. Accessing Kazam.

Once you have installed Kazam, search for it in the application menu and start it. You should see a screen like this with some options on it. You can check the options as per your need and click on capture to start recording the screen with Kazam.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Kazam. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Kazam screen recorder on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Kazam 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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