appshot
A command-line tool record gifs of apps on MacOS.
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appshot

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A CLI tool to record gifs of apps on MacOS.

![appshot gif][appshot-appshot.gif]

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ImageMagic convert

The convert utility from ImageMagic library should be installed to allow saving optimised gifs.

brew install imagemagic

Otherwise, unoptimised records can be taken with -g flag.

CLI

After installing globally, the program can be run. Pass a part of the window title to start recording.

appshot part_of_window_title
appshot README.md

If more that one window is found, the recording won't start.

--list, -l

Only list the open windows without capturing a gif.

appshot -l
┌────────┬──────────────────┬────────────────────────────────────────┬────────┐
│ winid  │ app              │ title                                  │ pid    │
│ 108    │ Creative Cloud   │ Item-0                                 │ 993    │
│ 101    │ Tunnelblick      │ Item-0                                 │ 1036   │
│ 84     │ Avira            │ Item-0                                 │ 997    │
│ 81     │ PostgresMenuHel… │ Item-0                                 │ 1018   │
│ 17     │ Little Snitch A… │ Item-0                                 │ 344    │
│ 29     │ SystemUIServer   │ AppleBluetoothExtra                    │ 417    │
│ 33     │ SystemUIServer   │ AirPortExtra                           │ 417    │
│ 37     │ SystemUIServer   │ AppleTextInputExtra                    │ 417    │
│ 41     │ SystemUIServer   │ AppleClockExtra                        │ 417    │
│ 45     │ SystemUIServer   │ AppleUser                              │ 417    │
│ 50     │ Spotlight        │ Item-0                                 │ 419    │
│ 27     │ SystemUIServer   │ Siri                                   │ 417    │
│ 25     │ SystemUIServer   │ NotificationCenter                     │ 417    │
│ 3      │ Window Server    │ Menubar                                │ 206    │
│ 66     │ Visual Studio C… │ README.md — appshot                    │ 410    │
│ 68     │ Google Chrome    │ Child Process | Node.js v10.2.1 Docum… │ 414    │
│ 59     │ iTerm2           │ 1. bash                                │ 415    │
│ 4      │ Window Server    │ Backstop Menubar                       │ 206    │
│ 60     │ Finder           │                                        │ 418    │
│ 54     │ Dock             │ Desktop Picture - Sierra 2.jpg         │ 416    │
│ 2      │ Window Server    │ Desktop                                │ 206    │
└────────┴──────────────────┴────────────────────────────────────────┴────────┘

--app, -a

Filter by the name of the application.

--title, -t

Filter by the title of the window. Same as passing the title as the first argument.

--wait, -w

Delay in seconds before the recording starts.

--file, -f

Path to the file. If none specified, a prompt will be displayed.

--delay, -d

How often to take screenshots. Defaults to 1 second.

--resize, -z

Resize to this width, keeping height proportionate.

--colors, -c

How many colors to use in the output gif.

--dir, -D

Directory in which to save the gif.

--gifsicle, -g

Save in unoptimised gif format. This can be used when imagemagic is not installed, however not recommended as the image size is not optimal.

--max, -m

Capture this number of frames at max and stop recording.

--chopTop, -T: Chop Top

How many pixels to take off top of each image. Pass 23 value (on non-retina displays) to remove the window headers, which can change title or status and lead to de-optimisation.


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