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Developer(s)ShareX Team
Initial release22 August 2007; 16 years ago (2007-08-22)[1]
Stable release15.0.0 (18 January 2023; 13 months ago (2023-01-18)) [±][2]
Written inC#
Operating systemWindows 7 SP1 or later
Platform.NET Framework 4.8
Available in13 languages
List of languages
English, Dutch, French, Italian, German, Hungarian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese
TypeScreenshot software, screencast software, raster graphics editor, file verifier
LicenseGNU GPLv3

ShareX is a free and open-source screenshot and screencast software for Windows. It is published under the GNU General Public License. The project's source code is hosted on GitHub.[3] It is also available on the Microsoft Store[4] and Steam.[5]



ShareX can be used to capture full screen or partial screenshots (which can be exported into various image formats), such as rectangle capture and window capture. It can also record animated GIF files and video using FFmpeg.

An included image editor lets users annotate captured screenshots, or modify them with borders, image effects, watermarks, etc. It is also possible to use the editor to draw on top of the windows or desktop before taking the screenshot.


After capture, a screenshot can be automatically exported as an image file, email attachment, exported to a printer, to the clipboard, or uploaded to a remote host such as many popular image hosting services or via FTP. If the image is uploaded to a remote host, the URL generated by it can be copied to the clipboard.

Dragging other file types into the program will upload them to a destination based on type, such as a text file being saved to Pastebin and a ZIP file saved to Dropbox.

Other tools[edit]

There are a variety of desktop image capabilities including screen color picker and selector, checksum tool (hash check), on-screen ruler, image combiner, thumbnails for images and video, and many more.

The program also includes some basic automation. For example, taking a screenshot, adding a border and watermark, and then saving to a specific folder.


Work on a project called ZScreen began in 2007, hosted on SourceForge[1] and moved to Google Code in 2008.[6] In 2010, a parallel project called ZUploader was started to rewrite ZScreen's core from scratch.[7] In 2012, all of ZScreen's features had been ported to ZUploader which was subsequently repackaged and released as ShareX.[8] In 2013, the project was moved to GitHub due to Google Code dropping support for hosting downloads.[9]


  • TechRadar gave the program 4.5 out of 5 stars[10] and listed it among their 2021 Best Screen Recorders.[11]
  • The Guardian's 2018 article on the "best replacement for the Windows 10 Snipping Tool" lists ShareX first,[12] with the caveat that it's powerful and probably "overkill for most users".
  • The Verge's article listed ShareX among the 2021 great apps to have for Windows 11.[13]
  • Lifehacker made a 2022 article about ShareX being the Best Screenshot Tool for Windows with a complete usage guide.[14]
  • Microsoft listed ShareX as the best Utility App in the 2022 Microsoft Store Community Choice Awards.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "ZScreen 1.0 has been released". ShareX. 22 August 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Downloads". ShareX. Retrieved 21 April 2023.
  3. ^ "ShareX/ShareX". GitHub. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Buy ShareX - Microsoft Store United Kingdom". Microsoft Store. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  5. ^ "ShareX on Steam". Steam. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  6. ^ "ZScreen on Google Code". Archived from the original on 13 February 2009.
  7. ^ "ZScreen releases". Archived from the original on 17 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Active development has been ceased for ZScreen and ZUploader in favour of ShareX". Archived from the original on 10 December 2013.
  9. ^ "We have a new web site and we have also moved to GitHub". Archived from the original on 22 December 2014.
  10. ^ Wyciślik-Wilson, Sofia (31 January 2020). "ShareX review". Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  11. ^ Baxter, Daryl (20 July 2021). "The best free screen recorders in 2021". Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  12. ^ Schofield, Jack (25 October 2018). "What's the best replacement for the Windows 10 Snipping Tool?". Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  13. ^ Warren, Tom (30 December 2021). "11 of the best apps for your new Windows 11 PC". Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  14. ^ Parab, Pranay (23 March 2022). "This Is the Best Screenshot Tool for Windows". Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  15. ^ Blog, Windows Developer (27 May 2022). "Announcing the Microsoft Store App Awards Winners!". Windows Developer Blog. Retrieved 28 May 2022.

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