I want to take a screenshot via a python script and unobtrusively save it.
I'm only interested in the Linux solution, and should support any X based environment.
This works without having to use scrot or ImageMagick.
import gtk.gdk w = gtk.gdk.get_default_root_window() sz = w.get_size() print "The size of the window is %d x %d" % sz pb = gtk.gdk.Pixbuf(gtk.gdk.COLORSPACE_RGB,False,8,sz,sz) pb = pb.get_from_drawable(w,w.get_colormap(),0,0,0,0,sz,sz) if (pb != None): pb.save("screenshot.png","png") print "Screenshot saved to screenshot.png." else: print "Unable to get the screenshot."