If you’re an Ubuntu 22.04 user and you’ve encountered issues with Flameshot, a popular screenshot tool, you’re not alone. This article will guide you through several potential solutions to get Flameshot working again.
Understanding the Issue
Before we dive into the solutions, it’s crucial to understand what might be causing the problem. Flameshot may not work due to various reasons such as compatibility issues with Wayland, installation via the Snap Store, outdated system or software, and incorrect launcher settings.
Solution 1: Check Flameshot Usage Instructions
The first step in troubleshooting is to ensure that you’re using Flameshot correctly. Flameshot’s documentation on GitHub provides comprehensive usage instructions.
For instance, you can launch Flameshot from a terminal by running the command
flameshot gui. If Flameshot launches correctly, the issue might be with your desktop shortcut or launcher.
Solution 2: Install Flameshot Using apt
If you installed Flameshot from the Snap Store, this might be the cause of your problem. Instead, try installing Flameshot using apt.
First, uninstall the Snap version with the command
sudo snap remove flameshot. Then, reinstall Flameshot using
sudo apt install flameshot.
sudo command gives you superuser privileges,
snap remove uninstalls a snap package, and
apt install installs a package from the apt repository.
Solution 3: Switch to Xorg
If you’re using Wayland, there might be compatibility issues with Flameshot. Try switching to Xorg at login.
On the login screen, click the gear icon and select Xorg. If Flameshot works correctly under Xorg, the issue is likely due to Wayland.
Solution 4: Edit the Flameshot Launcher
Another possible solution is to edit the Flameshot launcher to take a screenshot immediately when clicking the icon.
First, copy the
.desktop file to your home directory. Open it with a text editor and modify the
Exec line to remove the
--delay option. The
--delay option sets a delay before taking a screenshot, so removing it might solve the issue.
Solution 5: Update Your System and Flameshot
Lastly, make sure your system and Flameshot are up-to-date. Run
sudo apt update and
sudo apt upgrade to update your system. Then, reinstall Flameshot with
sudo apt install --reinstall flameshot.
update command updates the list of available packages and their versions, but it does not install or upgrade any packages. The
upgrade command installs newer versions of the packages you have. The
--reinstall option to
apt install reinstalls the package.
Checking the System Logs
If none of the above solutions work, check the system logs for any error messages related to Flameshot. You can find these logs in
These solutions are based on user experiences and may not work for everyone. If you’re still having trouble, it’s recommended to reach out to the Flameshot community or developers for further assistance.
Remember, troubleshooting is a process of elimination. By systematically trying these solutions, you should be able to resolve the issue and get Flameshot working again on Ubuntu 22.04.
To uninstall Flameshot if you installed it using apt, you can run the command
sudo apt remove flameshot.
Yes, you can use Flameshot to capture screenshots of specific windows. When you launch Flameshot, you can choose the "Select Window" option to capture a screenshot of a specific window.
After taking a screenshot with Flameshot, a window will appear with options to save, copy, or upload the screenshot. To save the screenshot, simply click on the "Save" button and choose a location on your computer to save it.
Yes, you can customize the keyboard shortcuts for Flameshot. Open the Flameshot settings by running the command
flameshot config in the terminal. In the settings, you can assign different keyboard shortcuts for various Flameshot functions.
Yes, Flameshot is available for other Linux distributions. You can check the Flameshot website or the package manager of your specific distribution to see if Flameshot is available for installation.