dshoreman / nextshot

A simple tool for taking screenshots on Linux and sharing via Nextcloud

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Quickly take screenshots on Linux—sharing instantly with Nextcloud

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Nextshot enables quick and easy capture of the desktop, a window or selection—either instantly or after a delay. Images can be copied directly to clipboard, or shared automatically via Nextcloud (the default) so you can paste the public link in chats.


From the start, the primary goal has been to work with both i3 and Sway. Since the release of 1.0, this has largely been achieved. While Nextshot will work on Sway and likely most X11-based environments, the nature of Wayland means extra work will be required for eventual compatibility with compositors other than Sway.


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Arch Linux

NextShot can be installed from the AUR as nextshot, though its dependencies vary based on your environment:

# To use in i3 (or other X11-based environments)
sudo pacman -S --asdeps imagemagick slop xclip xdotool yad

# To use in Sway
sudo pacman -S --asdeps grim slurp wl-clipboard yad

For more information on dependencies, run nextshot --deps after install. Note that Nextshot will not automatically
install any keyboard shortcuts. A set of recommended keybindings is provided below for users of i3 and Sway.

Manual Install

For other distributions, install dependencies as above then run the following to install Nextshot:

git clone -b master https://github.com/dshoreman/nextshot.git
cd nextshot && sudo make install

Recommended Shortcuts

To have Nextshot's primary functions bound to the Print Screen key on i3 and Sway, add the following to your config file in ~/.config/i3 and/or ~/.config/sway respectively:

bindsym Print exec --no-startup-id "nextshot -m"
bindsym Mod4+Print exec --no-startup-id "nextshot -w"
bindsym Shift+Print exec --no-startup-id "nextshot -a"

bindsym Ctrl+Print exec --no-startup-id "nextshot -mc"
bindsym Ctrl+Mod4+Print exec --no-startup-id "nextshot -wc"
bindsym Ctrl+Shift+Print exec --no-startup-id "nextshot -ac"

These bindings will have PrtScr capture the current screen, Shift+PrtScr capture an area, and Super+PrtScr capture a window—each uploading automatically to Nextcloud and copying the share link to your clipboard.

When combined with ctrl, the raw image will be copied to clipboard instead of uploading to Nextcloud.


Nextshot can be used in a few ways, but it's most flexible when run in a terminal. Some of the more common usage examples are listed below. For details on all available CLI options, run nextshot --help.

Screenshot Modes

The following examples will upload a screenshot to Nextcloud and copy the share link. To bypass Nextcloud and instead copy the image to clipboard, add the -c or --clipboard option.

  • Capture an area/selection

    nextshot -a or nextshot --area

  • Capture a specific window

    nextshot -w or nextshot --window

  • Capture the active display

    nextshot -m or nextshot --monitor

  • Capture all outputs

    nextshot -f or nextshot --fullscreen

Image capture can also be delayed by passing the -d, --delay option followed by a TIMEOUT, for example nextshot -d3.5 or nextshot --delay 2m to delay 3.5 seconds or 2 minutes respectively.

To abort selection in the --area or --window modes, press the Escape key.

Upload Modes

There are two modes that support uploading an existing image to Nextcloud.

  • Share an image from the clipboard

    nextshot -p or nextshot --paste

  • Share an image from the local filesystem

    nextshot --file kittens.jpg

    Note: The --file option bypasses the rename prompt and may overwrite existing files if it is already in Nextcloud. To avoid issues, first rename or copy the image to ensure a unique filename in Nextcloud.

Tray Menu

If you have Yad installed, you can use Nextshot via its tray icon. A normal click will trigger Nextshot's --area screenshot mode, while right clicking will open a menu with quick access to most of Nextshot's functions.

Preview of Nextshot tray menu

The Nextshot tray menu can be started with nextshot -t, which you can add to .xinitrc or your i3/Sway config to have it automatically started when you login.


The first time you run Nextshot, one of two things will happen. If you don't have Yad, you'll be prompted to open an example config ready for editing in your $EDITOR. See below for details on all available options.

If you do have Yad, a GUI will open for you to enter your settings. Follow the instructions and click Ok. You'll now see a preview of the config - correct any mistakes and click Save when you're done.

Example nextshot.conf

The nextshot.conf file should be stored in the ~/.config/nextshot directory, which is created automatically when you first run Nextshot. It's sourced as a Bash script, so config options are assigned much the same way as you would define any regular Bash variables:


Available Options

server - required

This is the base URL to your Nextcloud instance, including http[s]:// but excluding the trailing /. It may be for example https://nc.example.com or https://example.com/nextcloud depending on whether you use a subdomain specific to Nextcloud or simply host it in a folder on your main website.

username - required

The username you use for Nextcloud, used to authenticate with the API when uploading screenshots.

password - required

This is not your Nextcloud account password but an App Password that you create specifically for Nextshot, to be used in conjunction with your username for API authentication.

You can create an App password by going to Settings > Personal > Security in your Nextcloud UI.

Assuming your Nextcloud is hosted at nc.example.com:

  1. Head to https://nc.example.com/settings/user/security
  2. Enter Nextshot in the App name input
  3. Click Create new app password and enter your account password to confirm
  4. Copy the resulting App Password to your config, then click Done

The app password will be 5 blocks of alphanumeric characters, separated by dashes.

savedir - required

The name of a folder on your Nextcloud instance which should be used to upload screenshots.

This is relative to your Nextcloud root. To have your screenshots uploaded to a Screenshots folder inside the root-level Photos directory, you would set savedir='Photos/Screenshots' in your config file.

Note that this folder is not created automatically, so it must exist in Nextcloud before running Nextshot.

link_previews - optional

When set to true, Nextshot will append /preview to generated share links. With this option enabled, clicking the link will take you directly to the full-size image rather than Nextcloud's default share UI.

Defaults to false

pretty_urls - optional

When disabled (set to false), this will insert /index.php in share links, after the Server URL.
Leave this set to true (enabled) if your Nextcloud server has Pretty URLs enabled.

Defaults to true

format - optional

Set the default image format and file extension for saving screenshots.
Supported values are png, jpg or jpeg.

Defaults to png.

rename - optional

When you set this option to true, Nextshot will prompt you to enter a custom filename before uploading to Nextcloud. Be sure to include the extension as it will not be added automatically. Triggering Nextshot from the [#tray-menu](tray menu) or a #recommended-shortcuts will require Yad for the rename prompt.

Defaults to false.

hlColour - optional

Set this to customise the highlight colour when selecting an area or window to screenshot.

It should be specified as comma-separated RGB so that Nextshot can parse the individual colour values and pass them along to either Slop or Slurp, depending on whether you use X11 or Wayland.

Defaults to 255,100,180.


Nextshot is detecting the wrong environment

In some cases it may be that Nextshot's environment detection doesn't quite work as expected. One example of this might be if your system has both X11 and Wayland. If you were to start a tmux session under X11 then switch to Wayland and run Nextshot from within tmux, it will think you're running under the X11 environment when that's not really the case.

To fix this you can bypass the default detection method:

nextshot --env=wayland ...

For a more permanent fix, you can set or export the NEXTSHOT_ENV environment variable:

export NEXTSHOT_ENV=wayland
nextshot ...

# or

NEXTSHOT_ENV=wayland nextshot ...

Likewise if you're running from X11 but Nextshot detects Wayland, you can set --env or NEXTSHOT_ENV to x11. For more details and possible values, see nextshot --help.

The tray icon shows up, but right-click doesn't do anything!

There was a bug introduced to Yad in v1.0 that breaks context menus in the tray icons it creates.

This issue was fixed in v1cont/yad@06de51c, which was released as part of Yad v5.0. If you're still running an older version, update to v5 or greater and the tray menu will be working again. If you still have problems, please create an issue.

Known Issues


If you find Nextshot useful and would like to contribute, there are a few ways you can help:

  • Vote for the nextshot package on the AUR
  • Report any bugs you find while using Nextshot
  • Submit a feature request if there's something you'd like added
  • Send a PR if you know some Bash! Check the open issues for ideas
  • Finally, donate via PayPal or Liberapay (but only if you can afford to)

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A simple tool for taking screenshots on Linux and sharing via Nextcloud

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