How To Enable “Edit” Option In Shutter Application In Linux

Enable Edit Option In Shutter

A while ago, I re-installed the Shutter application. After reinstalling the Shutter app, I noticed that the edit option is disabled. Since the edit feature is not working, I couldn’t do editing functions such as adding text, drawing lines on the picture. I thought it was a bug. Fortunately it wasn’t a bug. After a quick Google search, I found a solution and wanted to share it here with our readers. For those wondering, Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot application for Unix-like operating systems.

Enable “Edit” Option In Shutter Application In Linux

After uninstalling Shutter application, the dependencies are gone. Then few days later, I installed it again. This time the required dependencies are not installed. I have no idea why. The edit feature is disabled after reinstalling the shutter app.

Look at the following image.

shutter edit feature disabled

As you see in the above screenshot, the edit option is disabled. Luckily, I found that a package named “libgoo-canvas-perl” is required for enabling edit feature in Shutter application. We need to install this package in order to enable editing opting in Shutter.

For Arch Linux and its derivatives like Antergos and Manjaro Linux, this package is available in AUR. You can install it using AUR helpers such as Yaourt or Packer.

yaourt -S perl-goo-canvas


packer -S perl-goo-canvas

In Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, run the following command to install libgoo-canvas-perl package.

sudo apt-get install libgoo-canvas-perl

Restart the Shutter application. Now, we have the edit feature back. You can now use the edit feature in Shutter application.

Shutter edit option

And, that’s all for now folks. Hope this helps. I will be soon here with another useful article. Till then, stay tuned with OSTechNix.


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3 Responses

  1. ismaail says:

    thanks a lot

  2. Leo Kusuma says:

    Thanks a lot too, It works on Manjaro KDE 2018.

  3. shamim ahmed laskar says:

    sudo apt-get install libgoo-canvas-perl
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package libgoo-canvas-perl is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘libgoo-canvas-perl’ has no installation candidate

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