HOWTO record your desktop with ffmpeg

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The universal go-to command-line media conversion tool ffmpeg can easily make a video recording of your desktop in addition to just converting videos.

Simply run this command in a terminal

ffmpeg -f x11grab -s 1024x768 -r 30 -i :0.0 -sameq output.mkv

and you're recording. press ctrl-c when you've recorded enough.

It's good enough for a quick recording but it's not exactly full of features. OBS is what you are looking for if you want a easy to use graphical application for this purpose.