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Linux Animated Gif

The program peek can be used to make animated gifs in Linux. You can record a screen area or the complete screen.

The screen recorder comes with an easy to use interface for X.

You put the Peek window over the area you want to record and click “Record”.

peek screen recorder, animated gif

Peek is optimized for generating animated GIFs, but you can record to other formats like WebM or MP4 if you prefer.

Peek works on X11 and Wayland (GNOME Shell).

Install peek


If you run Ubuntu Linux you can easily install peek.
To install Peek (Ubuntu) open a terminal and type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peek-developers/stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt install peek


Peek is available by default (Fedora 29 and later):

sudo dnf install peek

The package ffmpeg must be installed too:

sudo dnf install ffmpeg


Peek AppImage packages can be found on the release page.

To run download the .AppImage file and make it executable

chmod 755 yourapp.AppImage

Then just run it.

You can name the file however you want, e.g. you can name it just peek and place it in $HOME/bin for easy access.