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KSnapshot 0.8.1
Developer(s) Richard J. Moore, Matthias Ettrich and Aaron J. Seigo
Stable release 0.8.2 [±]
Preview release Non [±]
Repository anongit.kde.org/spectacle.git
Operating system Linux and Unix
Type Screenshot application
License GPL v2
Website www.kde.org/applications/graphics/ksnapshot

KSnapshot is a screenshot application for the KDE desktop environment developed by Richard J. Moore, Matthias Ettrich and Aaron J. Seigo.[1] The screenshots taken by KSnapshot are also called snapshots, which explains its name. It is written in Qt and C++. KSnapshot allows users to use hotkeys[2] to take a screenshot.

In December 2015, KSnapshot has been replaced by Spectacle.[3]


KSnapshot has the following features:[1]

  • Save snapshot in multiple formats
  • Take new snapshot
  • Open with... possibility to open snapshot in external editor.
  • Copy to clipboard
  • Several capture modes, including selected region or single window.
  • Snapshot delay

Ksnapshot also had a direct-to-print button but it was removed in version KDE 3.5.


Spectacle replaced KSnapshot with the release of KDE Applications 15.12 in December 2015.

In addition to what one could do with KSnapshot, with Spectacle can take composite screenshots of pop-up menus along with their parent windows. Other feature is the ability to take screenshots without explicitly starting Spectacle by using the keyboard shortcuts ⇧ Shift+PrintScreen and Meta+PrintScreen respectively. Spectacle was optimized to start fast to minimize the time lag between when you start the application and when the image is captured.

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