screenfo - screenshot information tool for nerds


screenfo [OPTION]...


Everybody likes ‘The monthly screenshot thread’ where one is supposed to show off their latest setup.

Nobody likes screenshots that look awesome, but where there’s no information at all available.

screenfo outputs a load of system information, including the running window manager, GTK theme, icons, fonts, shell, terminal emulator, and much more, while taking the screenshot.


-c,   --color     specify colorscheme to use
-l,   --list      list available colorschemes
-a,   --ascii     specify ascii art to use
-r,   --random    randomize the colors
-s    --shot      take screenshot

-d,   --debug     run some tests and exit
-h,   --help      show help and exit
-m,   --man       show the manpage and exit
-v,   --version   show version info and exit


The configuration file is searched for in the following places:


The files in the ascii/ directory is searched for in in the following places:



Perl => 5.10

Term::ExtendedColor, available from CPAN:

cpan Term::ExtendedColor

or github:

Some standard UNIX tools

scrot for taking the actual screenshot


Written by Magnus Woldrich


Report bugs to or use the issue tracker located at

screenfo homepage: <>


Copyright (C) 2010 Magnus Woldrich

License: GPLv2


Lets quote the Arch Linux user dtw from a post on the BBS, late 2006:

OK, all the time in the screenshots thread we get "What gtk theme is that?",
"What is that in the corner?", blah blah blah.
Now, while we try to encourage people to post that with their screenie why
don't we make a simple script that grabs info from from the gtkrc's, .xinitrc,
etc, and outputs into a nice cowsay-like soundbite?

Couple days later, user rab made the first Perl version simply named ‘’. There were a lot of people in the community helping out, making it better, bigger, more complicated and virtually unmaintainable since absolutely no modularization or subroutines were used.

People realized this and started to make their own versions in Bash and Python.

My intent was to fork the original project, clean it up and make it maintainable, but that was no fun. Therefore, screenfo was born.


I’d like to thank the Archlinux community for being awesome, kittykatt for providing some ASCII art that I stole without asking, and slush- for coming up with this awesome name.


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