You will find Shutter on 18.04 cannot edit screenshots. It is because 18.04 does not have the specific libgoo-canvas-perl package anymore. Shutter needs it, but your version of Ubuntu does not have it, so you need to download and install manually those packages from 17.10. The rest of this article explains the steps to do it so finally you can edit screenshots with Shutter on 18.04.

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Step 1: Get All Packages


For 64 bit system, download these eight .deb packages:

  1. libgoo-canvas-perl
  2. libgoocanvas3
  3. libextutils-depends-perl
  4. libextutils-pkgconfig-perl
  5. libgoocanvas-common
  6. pkg-config
  7. dpkg-dev 
  8. make 

For 32 bit system, i.e. Kubuntu 18.04 32 bit, download these eight packages instead:

  1. libgoo-canvas-perl
  2. libgoocanvas3
  3. libextutils-depends-perl
  4. libextutils-pkgconfig-perl
  5. libgoocanvas-common
  6. pkg-config
  7. dpkg-dev 
  8. make

Move your downloaded packages into your ~/Downloads/ folder.

The 8 packages downloaded


Step 2: Install All Packages


Make sure your packages have been moved to ~/Downloads/ and now open your Terminal:

1) $ cd ~/Downloads/

2) $ pwd

3) $ ls

4) $ sudo dpkg -i *.deb


You will see many error messages here. Don't worry, that is normal.

5) $ sudo apt-get -f install

This command fixes the previous error messages, automatically.

The final command


Step 3: Restart Shutter


Restart Shutter if it is still running. And after restarting, you should be able to edit screenshot with it. Happy screenshoting!

Before (grayed icon, with warning)
After (colored icon, no warning)

About Shutter


Shutter is the best screenshot capturing and editing program for GNU/Linux and I used it on many UbuntuBuzz articles. It works similar to SnagIt or ScreenshotCaptor on Windows, with system tray and cropping plus annotating facilities. It is available on all versions of Ubuntu. It is free software and licensed under GNU GPL v3+. Finally, everybody is invited to join Shutter development online at Launchpad.




This article is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.


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