ShareX is a free and open source program that can capture or record selected area from the screen with a single keypress, automatically save them to your hard disk/clipboard, and instantly upload them to an image/file hosting service and then can copy the URL to your clipboard.
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Release Date: Oct 15, 2007

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June 10

ShareX 11.0 released

ShareX Team is proud to present ShareX 11. It is one of the biggest releases we have done to-date. Change log included below.

  • Added annotation support inside region capture.
    In region capture you can "right click" to open menu which you can select annotation tool, capture fullscreen/monitor or be able to change region capture options. You can use "middle click" to cancel capture.
    • These are the currently available annotation tools:
      • Region
        • Rectangle
        • Rounded rectangle
        • Ellipse
      • Drawing
        • Rectangle
        • Rounded rectangle
        • Ellipse
        • Line
        • Arrow
        • Text
        • Step
      • Effect
        • Blur
        • Pixelate
        • Highlight
    • You can change these settings from region capture options menu:
      • Multi region mode
      • Show tips
      • Show position and size info
      • Show magnifier
      • Square shape magnifier
      • Magnifier pixel count
      • Magnifier pixel size
      • Show screen wide crosshair
      • Fixed size region mode
      • Show FPS

  • Added option to disable annotation support via “Task settings window -> Region capture tab”
  • Removed “Region (Annotate)” capture because default region capture has annotation support now
  • Added “Text capture (OCR)” to capture menu
  • Also added “Recognize text (OCR)” option to “After capture tasks” menu
  • Added file uploader (by @lithium720)
  • Added image uploader
  • Added option in “Destination settings, Email tab” to send email to a specific email address without requiring user prompt
  • Added icons for “After capture tasks” menu and “After upload tasks” menu items; checked items text will now display as bold
  • Added Copy dropdown button in “Color picker” window with the following items to be able to copy specific color type:
    • All
    • RGB
    • Hexadecimal
    • CMYK
    • HSB
    • Decimal
    • Position
  • Added “SaveSettingsAfterTaskCompleted” setting to “Application settings, Advanced tab” and enabled by default, this setting saves all settings after each task completed but only if there is no other active task (so if there are 50 tasks running in same time only after all tasks completed, settings will save) reason for this setting is because in few people while Windows shutdown does not let ShareX to save settings therefore having this option allows to secure settings in this situations
  • Region capture tips will show in active monitor instead of primary monitor
  • “Quick task menu” and “After capture window” after capture tasks now can be used in all image related tasks
  • Before uploading ShareX will check current destination config requirements and if config is not valid then will stop the task, warn user about invalid config and open destination settings window with current upload destination tab selected so user can check config easily
  • Added "Shift + C" hotkey to main window list to be able to copy selected file
  • Added tip icon to top right corner of main window to show tips and hotkeys that can be used in main window
  • Added support to be able to drag file from main window list to Windows Explorer or any other software (Holding "Ctrl" while dragging will copy URL or file path instead of file)
  • Added custom region hotkeys for “Screen recording” and “Screen recording (GIF)”
  • Added “Select region” button for custom region option in “Task settings, Capture tab”, this custom region option is used with custom capture hotkeys
  • Added Text to speech support for capture and task completed sounds in “Task settings -> Advanced tab”
  • All picture boxes in ShareX will now show image size when hovered with cursor
  • Added "DisableUpload" setting to “Application settings, Advanced tab” which can disable uploading in whole application
  • Added "TrayTextMoreInfo" setting to “Application settings, Advanced tab” which shows version and build info in tray icon tooltip which can be handy if you are running multiple ShareX build in same time
  • ShareX now uses system colors in all UI as possible to support custom themes such as Windows high contrast theme correctly
  • Added image drag & drop support to “Image combiner” tool
  • Added direct URL support for Streamable
  • Added tray button click options to “Application settings” window to be able to change which task to execute. If tray primary double click action is "None" then single primary click action can execute immediately without wait for double click check
  • Added “Open main window” hotkey
  • Added settings window to Greenshot Image Editor to be able to change few settings
  • Location of custom setting file paths will be stored in "%LocalAppData%\ShareX\PersonalPath.cfg" so that way it will be specific to user account and also allows to change it without requiring to run ShareX as admin. If you already have "PersonalPath.cfg" where "ShareX.exe" is then it would still work as usual
  • Added “Maximum image limit” option to Image History window to be able to improve load speed of images in case if you have high amount of images
  • Added screen tearing test button to monitor test tool
  • Allow drag n drop file support to hash check window
  • Added upload duration to debug log separate from task duration to be able to measure upload time properly
  • Main window right click “Clear list” button will also clear recent history now
  • Added toast window fade duration setting to “Task settings, Advanced tab”
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About This Software

ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area of your screen and share it with a single press of a key. It also allows uploading images, text or other types of files to over 50 supported destinations you can choose from.

ShareX supports many ways to capture or record your screen. The main capture methods are:

  • Fullscreen
  • Active window
  • Active monitor
  • Window menu
  • Monitor menu
  • Region
  • Region (Windows & controls)
  • Region (Annotate)
  • Region (Light)
  • Region (Transparent)
  • Polygon
  • Freehand
  • Last region
  • Custom region
  • Screen recording
  • Screen recording (GIF)
  • Scrolling capture
  • Webpage capture
  • Auto capture

There are many configurable screen capture settings such as showing the cursor, transparent window capture, delayed capture, multiple region selection with different shapes, etc.

After the capture the following automated tasks can be executed:

  • Add image effects / watermark
  • Open in image editor
  • Copy image to clipboard
  • Print image
  • Save image to file
  • Save image to file as
  • Save thumbnail image to file
  • Perform actions
  • Copy file to clipboard
  • Copy file path to clipboard
  • Upload image to host
  • Delete file locally

For example, the captured image can be opened in image editor and after that, the image can be automatically saved to the hard disk and uploaded to your destination of choice.

ShareX allows you to upload any type of files with these methods:

  • Upload file
  • Upload folder
  • Upload from clipboard
  • Upload from URL
  • Drag and drop upload (drop area or main window)
  • Upload from Windows shell context menu
  • Upload from Windows send to menu
  • Watch folder

After the upload, any of the following automated tasks can be executed:

  • Shorten URL
  • Share URL
  • Copy URL to clipboard
  • Open URL
  • Show QR code window

For example, the uploaded image URL can be automatically shortened using one of the 15 URL shortener services and the shortened URL can be copied to the clipboard.

ShareX also comes with a few simple productivity tools:

  • Color picker
  • Screen color picker
  • Image editor
  • Image effects
  • Hash check
  • IRC client
  • DNS changer
  • QR code
  • Ruler
  • Automate
  • Index folder
  • Image combiner
  • Video thumbnailer
  • FTP client
  • Tweet message
  • Monitor test

ShareX has an advanced hotkey system which allows you to use any of these capture methods, upload options or tools with their own task settings. These are called "Workflows". Workflows allow each hotkey to have its own after capture tasks, after upload tasks, destination etc. For example, you can set your screen recording hotkey to upload to a specific destination, bypassing the default destination. This way, only videos will be uploaded to this configured file destination.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
    • Memory: 100 MB RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This is a good picture taking tool but my gripes are:
1.You have to upload the pictures you take to places like imgur (but I negate them somehow and view them in my screenshots folder)
2. Recording game-play is not good.
I'll explain #2 right now- ShareX isn't really for recording software like games. This is more for screenshots. However, the recording isn't very good anyway, but its not major (My specs are: Intel Celeron N2840 @ 2.16 GHz and I have 2 GB of RAM. That isn't very good for gaming but for the ones I play I get 60 fps and sometimes higher).
I recommend it but I will update this review as I get the hang of it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
500.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Very tight software! I was using lightshot prior to this which is also freeware. This has way more options for cloud!


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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Can't live without it, makes screencapping and uploading almost instant!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
609.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
If you haven't clicked the install button yet, do it. You need this application, I can't stress that enough. This is the one thing on Steam I have never had any complaints with. Let me list the pros vs cons.
-Easily screencap with press of a button
-Regional capture
-Video capture
-Regional video capture (wut)
-Easily use many more tools to mark on your screenshots instantly
-Easy to memorize keyboard shortcuts that never interfere with other apps
-So simple a child can use it
Oh, and did I mention?
-ABSOLUTELY NO PERFORMANCE HIT, I actually get no decrease in frames even on my crappy computer that can't run most games
-Hard to record video sometimes
-Sound recording doesn't really work well
But that's not even what the app was designed for, and given taht it can do those things, that really should be in the pros section.

If I haven't convinced you already, just look at the negative reviews and read them. If you don't feel like vomiting because they gave you cancer, then there is something wrong with you. But if you do want to blow your brains out, then this app is for you.
Let me go over the PROs again. No performance hit, simple shortcuts that don't interfere with anything, and easy as your mom, so easy a toddler could do it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
A great free tool for taking photos. No ads and lightweight. It's also free
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Usefull af!!!
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188 of 199 people (94%) found this review helpful
61 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
I've used ShareX for a while now.

Here are my statistics, and it will become apparent why I am putting them here.

Images processed through ShareX: 7451 (Taking the image, then uploading it to my webserver, then clipboarding the link)
WebM files shared: 333 (Recording the video, converting it to .WEBM from MP4, uploading it to my websever, then clipboarding the link)

Let's for simplicity's sake assume that taking a screenshot, opening mspaint, pasting it, cropping out irrelevant parts, saving it, uploading it to imgur, then sharing the link takes you about 3 minutes. This means that for 7451 images it would take you 14902 minutes (248 HOURS) of time to get this done. And ShareX does it in one simple hotkey press, within seconds.

I will leave it up to you to think about the effort it takes to do this with a video file. That is capture, convert, upload, share.

This is why you want ShareX.

Also, completely customizable, no obstructions, no advertisements or sneaky behavior.
Jaex (the creator of ShareX) obviously is based god made of solid gold.

Note: Whether ShareX can or can not serve tea needs citation.
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81 of 90 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
2,573.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2015
one of the best, if not the best picture sharing program i have used.

got a nice set of tools that makes it perfect for picture sharing.

not tested the recording part myself so can't say much about it.
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73 of 79 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
Easy and free to use, easy to set.

So many options and all in just one tool, best screenshot tool, amazing screen recording tool, good image editor, good gif tool, uploading is so easy, also you can use it as dns changer, you can even use it to tweet stuff, it's pretty much all good stuff in one program, program that is really easy to use because it has clean and simple ui.

Get this program, it is really amazing.
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213.3 hrs
Posted: October 22
"123.2 Hours in the last two Weeks"

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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 9
better than lightshootx
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 4
I even managed to set up my favorite custom image hoster with a bunch of regex. Lovely.
FreeWare + OpenSource + UseFull? I'd sure donate. Always.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 2
This is the best software I've used to take screenshots and gifs. It's easy to use and it has a ton of options when it comes to uploading your image/gif. Best part is that it's lightweight and free.
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116.5 hrs
Posted: October 1
Very nice, simple and quick for taking screenshots.
It's so customizable, and easy to set up however you want. Really a timesaver if you take a lot of screenshots.
There are also many ways to edit the screenshots in just a few seconds.
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