Istanbul Desktop Recording


Istanbul is a desktop session recorder for the Free Desktop. It records your session into an  Ogg Theora video file. It works on GNOME, KDE and XFCE and others.

Why the name Istanbul ?

The author named it Istanbul as a tribute to Liverpool's 5th European Cup triumph on may 25th 2005.


Istanbul requires at least :

  • GStreamer 0.10

  • Gst-plugins-base 0.10

  • PyGTK 2.6

  • Gnome Python Extras >=2.11.3

  • Gst-python 0.10

  • python-xlib

[email protected]:~/pyvnc2swf-0.9.3/pyvnc2swf$ sudo apt-get install istanbul

To run Istanbul :

Applications ---> Sound and Video ---> Istanbul Desktop Session Recorder

You'll see a red button on right top panel, it means istanbul is running.

When you are ready to start recording the desktop, click the red button. During the recording the red button will change into white square button. To stop recording click white square button and popup save screencast menu will shown.

save screencast

To play it we can use Movie Player, Gxine or VLC Media Player.