Best Free Screen Recorders

Capture Android, Windows, Mac, or Linux

Recording your computer screen is easy, and there are many ways to do it. Some operating systems screen-capture a computer or mobile device by default, and others require third-party apps. Whether you want to capture live game action or create how-to videos for a software program, these five best free screen recorders will do the job.

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OBS Studio

OBS Studio
What We Like
  • Real-time streaming, video capture, and mixing.

  • It's free, open-source software.

  • The streamlined Settings panel.

  • Lots of customization possibilities.

What We Don't Like
  • The advanced functions are difficult to use.

  • There isn't much documentation.

  • Troubleshooting is difficult.

  • It doesn't work with Windows XP.

OBS Studio is the cream of the crop of free screen recorders, and the preferred screen-capture program for many gamers. This open-source software is ideal for video recording and live streaming. It records from multiple sources, including external microphones and webcams.

Image masking, color collection, and other visual filters are provided. There's also a high-grade audio mixer with advanced filtering that can be applied to each audio source. OBS Studio integrates other video and images into a recording. You can also capture certain sections of the screen alongside live gameplay footage.

OBS records in multiple formats and supports on-the-fly mixing during live streams. It works seamlessly with Twitch, DailyMotion, YouTube Gaming, Facebook Live, and Smashcast.

While OBS Studio has a steep learning curve, there are active forums and community-created tutorials on the developer's website. It's easy to find answers to your questions.

OBS Studio is compatible with Linux, macOS, and Windows.

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FlashBack Express

FlashBack Express
What We Like
  • Captures anywhere on a PC screen.

  • Adds webcam footage and audio to screen recordings.

  • No watermarks.

  • Doesn't limit the recording length.

What We Don't Like
  • Has limited editing tools.

  • The slow editing process.

  • Doesn't include frame-by-frame editing in the Express version.

FlashBack Express is the free version of FlashBack. FlashBack is a paid application designed with streamers and YouTubers in mind. Its interface makes basic screen recording a simple task. The free version doesn't impose any length limits or stamp finished projects with watermarks.

You can define frames per second (FPS) for your recording, making it an excellent tool for gamers. You can also schedule recordings to take place at a specified date and time. FlashBack Express can be set up to record as soon as a designated application is launched. This useful feature ensures a complete capture. The software can mix commentary and webcam cameos into your recorded video and allows for multiscreen recording.

Several useful features are only available in the paid version. In the free version, for example, recordings can be saved in WMV, MP4, or WMV file formats. Purchase a license to save files in all formats. The paid version of FlashBack unlocks frame-by-frame editing, smoothing out erratic cursor movements, the ability to blur sensitive information, picture-in-picture, and more. Password-protected recordings can be created in the paid version for extra security.

FlashBack Express is compatible with Windows.

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MangoApps Inc.

What We Like
  • A free plan for personal use (plus paid commercial plans).

  • Easily capture and annotate videos.

  • Directly upload to YouTube.

What We Don't Like
  • The free version has a 5-minute recording limit.

  • It's ad-supported.

TinyTake is a basic screen recorder. It's ideal for a simple, short recording of your screen activity. While not ideal for intensive recordings like gameplay, TinyTake can easily handle basic screen-casting.

The free version has a 5-minute recording limit. Cloud storage and an Online Gallery provide up to 2 GB of space to store and share your clips. The paid version offers increasing amounts of storage space based on the price of the chosen subscription, with up to 1 TB of space for the Jumbo plan (costs $99.95 a year).

The free application is ad-driven and designated for personal use only. Commercial and advanced users must purchase the premium version. There are multiple license levels available, and costs vary depending on your needs.

Purchasing a license opens up other features, including the ability to add annotations to videos and upload directly from TinyTake to YouTube.

TinyTake is compatible with macOS and Windows.

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Icecream Screen Recorder

Icecream Screen Recorder
What We Like
  • Records screens and webcams.

  • A drawing panel for annotating video.

  • The zoom feature while recording.

  • The simple interface.

What We Don't Like
  • The free version is limited to 5 minutes of video.

  • There aren't any editing tools.

  • Records at 30 frames per second.

Icecream Screen Recorder is a unique screen recording option with features to draw annotations, arrows, outlines, and other shapes and figures directly onto a video. You can select specific parts of the screen to record and adjust video quality on the fly. This comes in handy when you need to factor bandwidth or file sizes into your recordings.

More advanced features come with a price tag. To lift the five-minute recording limit, upgrade to the Pro version. The free version offers only one output video format (WEBM) and video codec (VP8). Icecream Pro supports AVI, MP4, and MOV recordings, as well as H.264 and MPEG-4 codecs.

Other Pro-only features include custom watermarks, scheduled recordings, hotkeys, live zoom, and trim functionality.

Icecream Screen Recorder is compatible with macOS and Windows.

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DU Recorder

DU Recorder
What We Like
  • Livestream the screen to YouTube and Facebook.

  • Record screen videos.

  • No ads or time limits.

  • Has a high-quality stream.

What We Don't Like
  • No annotation capabilities.

  • Lacks game recording features.

  • Limited editing tools.

The mobile screen recording option, DU Recorder, works on Android 5.0 and higher. Ad-free and with no significant limitations, the app has millions of downloads from the Google Play Store.

DU Recorder creates high-quality recordings of mobile games, video calls, and other apps with HD support. It also has a decent selection of frame rates, bit rates, and resolutions. It can record external sound as part of a video and includes motion-sensing, which halts recording when you shake your phone or tablet. DU's brush tool allows you to draw on-screen and integrate your etchings as part of the recording.

Its live feature streams your Android screen directly to Facebook. The app's video editing tools allow for a lot of flexibility. Trim parts of your video, merge multiple records into one, add background music and subtitles, rotate, crop, and convert videos to GIF format — all at no charge.

If you aren't satisfied with DU Recorder, other honorable mentions on the Android platform are AZ Screen Recorder and Mobizen Screen Recorder.

DU Recorder is compatible with Android and iOS.

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