I would like to screenshot the Midori browser and i've tried the following methods as mentioned HERE.

  1. Using Imagemagick which is pre-installed in Raspberry Pi. I pressed the printscreen key on the keyboard and attempt to paste it on that software. But failed.

  2. Open up a new terminal, i typed the following:

    sleep 5; import -window root myscreen.png // printscreen after 5 seconds

This is what i got.

imagemagick printscreen


import -window root screen.png

This is the black screen that i got.

imagemagick printscreen

So what is the proper way to do it?

4 Answers 4


There are several programs to take screenshots. I use scrot, a command line utility wich is quite complete. In your case:

sudo apt-get install scrot

scrot -s and click on the midori window. You will get a timestamp-based png in the working directory of your terminal. See man scrot for more options!

  • Thank you! +1 it's wonderful! but it took the screenshot of the terminal as well :p
    – yvonnezoe
    May 15, 2013 at 8:27

Just use the Print Screen key on your keyboard that will save a PNG image in your home directory (/home/pi) of the whole desktop. enter image description here


Yes i did it! thanks to M Noit :)

sudo apt-get install scrot

then, to take a screenshot after 5 seconds delay, (i got the screen with the terminal in it too! so i need some delays. Also, i can't execute that command through puTTy)screenshot without delay

$ sudo scrot -d5

and i get a nice screenshot! :D screenshot after 5 seconds delay

  • 1
    You did not find/propose a new solution for your problem, so your thanks should not be formed as a new answer. Instead it should have been given as a reply to an original answer of a solution provider.
    – avra
    May 15, 2013 at 12:33
  • @avra $ sudo scrot -d5 this is the exact answer. thanks for leading towards finding the solution. ;)
    – yvonnezoe
    May 16, 2013 at 5:10
  • I just tried Scrot and it worked well. Thanks for posting this.
    – user10032
    Oct 15, 2013 at 5:55
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    Best answer with the visuals. Any way to set up the PrintScreen key (aka PrtScrn aka prtsc) to take a capture? I got spoiled the way Dropbox does that.
    – Bob Stein
    Dec 3, 2014 at 22:52

I think the problem here might be that you need to tell imagemagik what screen to take an image of, like so:

sleep 5; DISPLAY=":0.0"; export DISPLAY; import -window root filename.png

otherwise it will get confused between different X11 sessions (such as using VNC clients)

Personally I tend to take screen shots from another machine using RDP, that way they get saved onto a machine with more disk space and I have more control over what is saved (rather then cropping post-event).

  • hmm, it's as black as before. :(
    – yvonnezoe
    May 15, 2013 at 8:25

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