Enable Edit Button in Shutter In Linux Mint 19 and Ubuntu 18.04

Shutter is a screen capturing software. It allows you to take screenshot of a specific area, window and even the entire screen.

Shutter also comes with a few editing tools, however these tools are not enabled by default. To enable these tools we’ll have to install some additional packages.

All the instructions mentioned in this post is tested on Linux Mint 19 and Ubuntu 18.04.

Let’s start!

Enabling the Edit button

Disabled edit button in Shutter Mint 19

As you can see in the above image the Edit button is disabled.

To enable the Edit button, you need following three packages:

  1. libgoo-canvas-perl
  2. libgoocanvas-common
  3. libgoocanvas3

We can download these packages from the following links:

  1. https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libgoo-canvas-perl
  2. https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/xenial/amd64/libgoocanvas-common/1.0.0-1
  3. https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/bionic/amd64/libgoocanvas3/1.0.0-1

If you prefer command line, you can download all these packages via the wget command as follows:

Once you have downloaded all the necessary packages, install them using the following command:

Now kill any any running instance of Shutter and then start it again.

You should now have Edit button enabled.

Enabled Edit button in Shutter in Mint 19


Enabling Edit button on Linux Mint 17, 18 or Ubuntu 16.04

To enable Edit button on Linux Mint 17, 18 or Ubuntu 16.04, the fix is comparatively simple. All you need to do is install libgoo-canvas-perl using the following command:

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Enabling the Web button

Just like the Edit button, the Web button is also disabled by default. The Web button allows us to take a screenshot of a website by providing a URL.

Disabled Web button in shutter in Mint 19

To enable the Web button we’ll need a package called gnome-web-photo. Download gnome-web-photo from the following link:


Or simply, execute the following command to download the gnome-web-photo package.

Once the package is downloaded install it by typing:

Kill any running instance of Shutter and start the application again. The Web button should be enabled now.

Enabled Web button in shutter

Restart the shutter and now you should be able to take screenshots of websites.

Web button in action in shutter

Screenshot of packages.ubuntu.com

Next, we will see how to enable the Web button on shutter.

Enabling the Web button on Linux Mint 17, 18 or Ubuntu 16.04

To install gnome-web-photo on Linux Mint 17, 18 or Ubuntu 17.06, simply execute the following command:

That’s all there is to it.

Let’s us know how this tip worked out for you in comments.

2 thoughts on “Enable Edit Button in Shutter In Linux Mint 19 and Ubuntu 18.04

  1. gnome-web-photo plugin is working. Edit button still disabled, no matter what I tried Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia Mate.

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