SteamOS: Make screenshots from the console

This is part of a series of posts where I put down what I did while playing around with SteamOS.

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Screenshot settings

While ingame you can make screenshots by pressing the big xbox-button and the right trigger simultaneously. But for the articles I wanted to make screenshots of the system, best without having to use a keyboard or any tools on the SteamMachine itself. To do so, you’ll need to have SSH activated to login remotely and get the screenshots from the host.

  • Open putty and connect to your SteamMachine as user steam.
  • Run this command, change screenshot.png to any name you want: import -window root -display :0.0 -screen ~/screenshot.png
  • Your screenshots will directly in your home directory, if you login via WinSCP you’ll be able to copy them right out.

I know that this isn’t the most convenient way, but at least it really captures the undisturbed image without the need of a keyboard.