Draw On Your Screen
Start drawing with Super+Alt+D. Then save your beautiful work by taking a screenshot.
- Basic shapes (rectangle, circle, ellipse, line, curve, polygon, polyline, text, image, free)
- Basic transformations (move, rotate, resize, stretch, mirror, inverse)
- Smooth stroke
- Draw over applications
- Keep drawings on desktop background with persistence (notes, children's art ...)
- Multi-monitor support
- Export to SVG
- Download and decompress or clone the repository
- Place the directory (the one that contains
- Change the directory name to
- Xorg: type
alt + F2and
rto restart gnome-shell
Wayland: restart or re-login
- Enable the extension with GNOME Extensions or GNOME Tweaks application
Super + Alt + Dto test
- https://codeberg.org/som/DrawOnYourScreen/issues to say it doesn't work
Tips and tricks
- Power is nothing without control:
Ctrl key provides an extra functionality for each tool.
- Draw arrows:
Intersect two lines and curve the second thanks to the
- Duplicate an element:
Shift key while starting moving.
- Insertable images:
You can insert images (jpeg, png, svg) in your drawings. By default images are sought in
~/.local/share/draw-on-your-screen/images/ but the location is configurable in the preferences. Another way is to copy-past the images from Nautilus or any clipboard source by using the usual
Ctrl + V shortcut inside the drawing mode.
- Eraser and SVG:
There is no eraser in SVG so when you export elements made with the eraser to a SVG file, they are colored with the background color, transparent if it is disabled. See
“Add a drawing background” or edit the SVG file afterwards.
- Screenshot Tool extension:
Screenshot Tool is a convenient extension to “create, copy, store and upload screenshots”. In order to select a screenshoot area with your pointer while keeping the drawing in place, you need first to tell DrawOnYourScreen to ungrab the pointer (
Ctrl + Super + Alt + D).
- Color Picker extension:
If the GNOME Shell built-in color picker is too basic for you, have a look at the Color Picker extension, which let's you select the pixel accurately, preview the color and adjust its values. Once installed and enabled, it will be transparently integrated into DrawOnYourScreen.