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Diego Juliao
Diego Juliao

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i3wm Screenshot Shortcuts

Have excellent screenshot shortcuts in your i3wm.

Feature Shortcut
Full Screen PrtScrn
Selection Shift + PrtScrn
Active Window Super + PrtScrn
Clipboard Full Screen Ctrl + PrtScrn
Clipboard Selection Ctrl + Shift + PrtScrn
Clipboard Active Window Ctrl + Super + PrtScrn

All the screenshots are saved on ~/Pictures/CURRENT_DATE.
The key super refers to the modifier key (window/command or alt by default depending on config).


  • maim
  • xclip


Set this on your i3 config file ~/.i3/config.

## Screenshots
bindsym Print exec --no-startup-id maim "/home/$USER/Pictures/$(date)"
bindsym $mod+Print exec --no-startup-id maim --window $(xdotool getactivewindow) "/home/$USER/Pictures/$(date)"
bindsym Shift+Print exec --no-startup-id maim --select "/home/$USER/Pictures/$(date)"

## Clipboard Screenshots
bindsym Ctrl+Print exec --no-startup-id maim | xclip -selection clipboard -t image/png
bindsym Ctrl+$mod+Print exec --no-startup-id maim --window $(xdotool getactivewindow) | xclip -selection clipboard -t image/png
bindsym Ctrl+Shift+Print exec --no-startup-id maim --select | xclip -selection clipboard -t image/png
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You may want to remove the default or any other screenshot shortcuts to prevent errors.
Don't forget to reload your window manager super+ shift+ c.

The source of this information is from my gist My i3 shortcuts to take screenshots.

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