How to install Shutter & Enable its Editor on Manjaro

Shutter App is not found in the Manjaro Official repository; hence you can't install it from "Add/Remove Programs" by default settings. This tutorial shows you the installation of the Shutter app on Manjaro and also shows how to enable Shutter Editor, which is grayed out initially.

If you have been looking for a screenshot utility in Linux that’s near equivalent to Snagit for Windows, then you should take a look at Shutter. It is a free and opensource utility for Linux that lets you take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website.

After wrapping up a screenshot, you can apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload it to an image hosting site.

Shutter running on Manjaro GNOME
Shutter running on Manjaro GNOME

In today’s tutorial, we shall show you a step-by-step guide on how to install Shutter on Manjaro. We shall also show you how to extend the Shutter’s functionality by enabling its Editor.

Installing Shutter in Manjaro

Shutter app is not available in the official Manjaro repository; hence you have to enable AUR to download and install Shutter. You can install it in all editions of Manjaro, including GNOME, KDE, and XFCE. Our distro of choice is Manjaro GNOME for today’s tutorial.

Step 1) Launch the Add/Remove Software.

Step 2) On the top right corner, click on the tri-dots and then “Preferences.”

Add Remove Software Manjaro GNOME
Add Remove Software Manjaro GNOME

Step 3) Enable AUR support and also enable “Check for updates.” When done, close the “Preferences” menu.

Enable AUR
Enable AUR

Step 4) Search for “Shutter,” click on “Build” on the “Shutter” item from the search results. Click “Apply.”

Install Shutter
Install Shutter

Step 5) Click “Apply” to the next few prompts and wait for the installation to complete. Shutter needs a ton of dependencies to work, so it is going to take some time, even on a faster internet connection. Pay attention to the progress and enter the Administrator password when needed.

Step 6) After the Shutter installation is complete, you should the “Build” button now shows “Remove.” Don’t click on it!

Shutter Installation completed
Shutter Installation completed

Step 7) Go ahead and launch the Shutter from the Applications menu and take a sample screenshot. Although Shutter can take screenshots now, you won’t be able to use the Shutter Editor, which means you will miss the other needed features such as adding annotation, blur text, adding arrow, etc. You can notice that the “Edit” feature is grayed out. That’s because Shutter still needs some more libraries to work. Let’s download them in the next step.

Shutter Editor Disabled
Shutter Editor Disabled

Step 8) Back in the “Add/Remove Software,” look for “perl-goo-canvas” and install it.

Install additional libraries

Install additional libraries

Step 9) You must click “Apply” when needed and enter the administrator password to complete the installation of the additional libraries.

Step 10) When done, close everything, and restart your computer.

Step 11) Try taking a screenshot using Shutter; you should see the “Edit” available now. Happy annotating!

Shutter Editor
Shutter Editor

That’s all about installing Shutter Screenshot Utility on your Manjaro PC and enabling the much-needed Shutter Editor functionality. You now have a powerful Screenshot capture tool.

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