Installing xvidcap Under Ubuntu

xvidcap is an open source tool that records a video of your actions on screen.

When I installed the Ubuntu package for xvidcap, it would just seg-fault and close when I tried to record. So, I installed from source.

Before I get into it, however, I should mention that xvidcap never really worked perfectly for me. It was quite buggy in my setup. I tried recordMyDesktop and gtk-recordMyDesktop instead and would recommend you try that unless you have a specific need for xvidcap.


Before you can compile xvidcap, you'll need to install three other Ubuntu packages.

  • libglade2-dev
  • libxmu-dev
  • gettext

Here is the command line to install those.

sudo apt-get install libglade2-dev libxmu-dev gettext

Compiling xvidcap

Download the latest version of xvidcap from Then, do the following.

sudo make install

That's it, you should now be able to run xvidcap from the Applications, Sound and Video menu.

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linux/installing_xvidcap_under_ubuntu.txt · Last modified: 2020/06/01 22:53 (external edit)