By default, i3 ignores the Print Screen key available in most keyboards. How can it be activated?
Everything inside i3 needs to be bound and just a minimal set of keys is added/generated inside the default config. Some keys that are not letters can be represented with its keycodes or keysyms. More about this subject here:
Printscreen is the
I personally use
gnome-screenshot to that task, since it can crop images, making life easier. Add the following lines to your
.config/i3/config or any config file you are using as the
i3wm main config file.
#interactive screenshot by pressing printscreen bindsym Print exec gnome-screenshot -i #crop-area screenshot by pressing Mod + printscreen bindsym $mod+Print exec gnome-screenshot -a
Some people like to use
scrot. That is up to you to decide :) . Example:
bindsym Print exec scrot $HOME/Images/`date +%Y-%m-%d_%H:%M:%S`.png