import command in Linux with Examples

import command in Linux system is used for capturing a screenshot for any of the active pages we have and it gives the output as an image file. You can capture a single window if you want or you can take the entire screen or you can take a screenshot of any rectangular portion of the screen.


import [options] output-file

import command with help option: It will print the general syntax of the command along with the various options that can be used with the import command as well as gives a brief description about each option.



  • -adjoin: With the help of this option you will be able to join images into a single multi-image file.
    import -adjoin sample.png

  • -border: This option is used to include window border in the output image.
    import -border sample.png

  • -descend: This option obtain image by descending window hierarchy.
    import -descend sample.png

  • -frame: This option will include window manager frame.
    import -frame sample.png

  • -identify: This option is being used to identify the format and characteristics of the image.
    import -identify sample.png

  • -quiet: This option will suppress all warning messages.
    import -quiet sample.png

  • -monitor: This option will monitor the progress.
    import -monitor sample.png

  • -screen: This option will select image from root window.
    import -screen sample.png

Other available options in the import command are:

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