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The pyscreenshot module can be used to copy the contents of the screen to a PIL or Pillow image memory. Replacement for the ImageGrab Module, which works on Windows only. For handling image memory (e.g. saving to file, converting,..) please read PIL or Pillow documentation.

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Goal:
Pyscreenshot tries to allow to take screenshots without installing 3rd party libraries. It is cross-platform but useful for Linux based distributions. It is only a pure Python wrapper, a thin layer over existing back-ends. Its strategy should work on most Linux distributions: a lot of back-ends are wrapped, if at least one exists then it works, if not then one back-end should be installed. Performance and interactivity are not important for this library.
Features:
Known problems:
  • different back-ends generate slightly different images from the same desktop, this should be investigated
  • ImageMagick creates blackbox on some systems
  • PyGTK back-end does not check $DISPLAY -> not working with Xvfb
  • slow: 0.2s - 0.7s
Similar projects:

Usage

Example:

import pyscreenshot as ImageGrab

# fullscreen
im=ImageGrab.grab()
im.show()

# part of the screen
im=ImageGrab.grab(bbox=(10,10,510,510)) # X1,Y1,X2,Y2
im.show()

Installation

General

  • install pip

  • install PIL or Pillow

  • install at least one back-end

  • install the program:

    # as root
    pip install pyscreenshot
    

Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install python-pip
sudo pip install pyscreenshot
sudo apt-get install python-imaging
# optional back-ends
sudo apt-get install scrot
sudo apt-get install imagemagick
sudo apt-get install python-gtk2
sudo apt-get install python-qt4
# optional for examples
sudo pip install entrypoint2

Uninstall

# as root
pip uninstall pyscreenshot
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