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Install Kazam 1.5.3 on Ubuntu 19.10

Kazam is one of the most beloved tools for screen-recording on Linux. This article shows you how to install the latest version (1.5.3) on Ubuntu 19.10, as the default version in the repositories is still 1.4.5.

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Published on 2019-12-04 at 22:11

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This is a very short article showing you how to install the latest 1.5.3 version of Kazam for Ubuntu 19.10. Kazam is shipped in the official Ubuntu repositories, but there you can get only the 1.4.5-version of it, which is good, but still has some missing parts and inconsistencies (e.g. sound volume settings were not saved for me - had to re-check before every recording).

For up to Ubuntu 19.04 installation is pretty straightforward - just check this answer. But that repo is missing in Ubuntu 19.10 (at least at the moment of writing).

So let's see the steps needed to install Kazam.

First let's install the dependencies:

sudo apt install python3-cairo
sudo apt install python3-xlib
sudo apt install python3-xdg
sudo apt install gir1.2-gudev-1.0
sudo apt install gir1.2-gst-plugins-base-1.0
sudo apt install gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1
sudo apt install gir1.2-keybinder-3.0

Now get the package from

Go ahead and un-tar the archive and enter the just created directory. Execute the following command there:

sudo python3 install

That should be it. Enjoy the additional features like broadcasting, webcam-recording, mouse effect, a new fresh icon and ... saved volume settings.

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