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istanbul: a desktop session recorder


istanbul - a desktop session recorder


istanbul [options]


This manual page documents briefly the istanbul command.

istanbul is a program that allow you to record your desktop session. After you started it, you can control it with the icon in the notification area: a click on the icon to start recording, another click to stop.

istanbul preferences can be configured with a right click on the icon.

It can also stream to an Icecast2 server.

By default it records to ~/desktop-recording.ogg


Istanbul follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is included below.
-h, -?, --help
Show summary of options.
Show version of program.
Display brief usage message
Istanbul accepts also GStreamer options.
A summary of them is included below.
Print the GStreamer version
Make all warnings fatal
Print available debug categories and exit
Default debug level from 1 (only error) to 5 (anything) or 0 for no output
Comma-separated list of category_name:level pairs to set specific levels for the individual categories
Disable colored debugging output
Disable debugging
Disable accelerated CPU instructions
Enable verbose plugin loading diagnostics
path list for loading plugins (separated by ':')
Comma-separated list of plugins to preload in addition to the list stored in environment variable GST_PLUGIN_PATH
Disable trapping of segmentation faults during plugin loading
Scheduler to use (default is 'opt')
Registry to use


Istanbul was written by Zaheer Abbas Merali <zaheerabbas [at]>.

This manual page was written by Luca Bruno < [at]>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).