That's a great shot... Greenshot


Screenshots. We all do them. Windows 7's Snipping Tool is okay, yet pretty minimal, but the price isn't bad. There's the granddaddy utility, SnagIt from TechSmith, which has more bells and whistles than you can shake a stick at, but is not free. Then there's the many screen capture features with Microsoft Office, Expression Encoder, etc, etc. But none of these are open source...

Greenshot, the free, open source (C#), screenshot utility, with plug-in support too.

What is Greenshot?

Greenshot is a light-weight screenshot software tool for Windows with the following key features:

Create complete or partial screenshots quickly. Easily annotate, highlight or obfuscate parts of the screenshot. Send the screenshot to a file, the clipboard, a printer or as e-mail attachment.

Being easy to understand and configurable, Greenshot is an efficient tool for project managers, software developers, technical writers, testers and anyone else creating screenshots.

Greenshot is free and open source

Greenshot was published under GPL, i.e. this software can be downloaded and used free of charge, even in a commercial environment.



When they say "screenshot tool optimized for productivity" you can see if in features like the obfuscate tool.


Let's look at the Solution;


When/if you download the code you'll need to do a few minor things to get it to compile. Each Project has a pre-build event setup that you'll need to remove, you'll need to rename the assemblyinfo.cs.template (removing the ".template" and then updating the version number in that file. Once you've done that, the project should compile (at least it did on my machine... Smiley




Here's a snap of it running on my machine, via the downloaded source (post above fix-up)


One of the nice touches is the number of languages it supports;



If you're looking for a free screenshot tool, one with plug-in support, a cool project to help out on, one that's under very active development (the last check-in was four hours ago, from the writing of this post) or just some interesting source to read, this is a project that you might want to check out.


Shout-out to Tatworth's post, A free screen shot tool - Greenshot, that led me to this cool project.

The Discussion

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    Nice to hear you like Greenshot!

    Actually you should check out from "" here are the latest sources! After we started working on 0.9 by completely refactoring the project, but decided than that it would take too long to fix some major bugs... So 0.8.1 was created... Should be finished soon, than we will make sure the 'HEAD' code is up to date. Also with using the right location you shouldn't have to change anything, compile should just work.

    Try the latest unstable!

    Best wishes,

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    Ps. You are still using the old logo...
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    Amit Thakur

    Thank you for nice article. That is the best free and easy to use screenshot tools. I have also written a post on Grrenshot if you'd like to give your opinion here

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    The images included in this blog use https as a protocol. As of 1/18/2018, when Firefox tries to load the images, Firefox complains that the site's certificate is invalid and doesn't let me add an exception. Bottom line, I cannot see the images.

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