7 Best Snipping Tool Alternatives

Whether you’re working on a presentation or a tutorial to explain to your colleague how to do a task they don’t know, screenshots are the center stage of content. Heck! You wouldn’t know how good the below-mentioned tools are if it weren’t for the screenshots we uploaded. On Windows, Snipping Tool is a popular choice, but for most, it’s too basic. Hence, in this list, let’s look at the 7 best Snipping Tool alternatives to step up your screenshot game.

1. ShareX

ShareX is an easy choice as we personally use it all the time to upload screenshots. It’s easy to use, feature-rich, and has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a screenshot tool. The options to edit after taking a screenshot are comprehensive. Things like resizing an image, blurring our portions, extending the canvas and adding another image, adding effects, shapes, step numbers, etc., are all present in this tool.

ShareX: Best Snipping Tool Alternative

And that’s not even the best part about the tool. For starters, it’s completely open-source, meaning it’s safe to use from a privacy standpoint as its code is visible to everyone, even us on GitHub. The “not so good” part about the tool is it’s only available on Windows and there’s no macOS or Linux support. Still, it’s one of the best screenshot tools in existence right now. Also, did we tell you that it can also record high-quality videos at high frame rates and with audio?

Great set of editing toolsNot cross-platform
Clean and user-friendlyCould be a bit overwhelming for beginners
Free and open-source
Direct upload to social media and Imgur
Works very well on Windows without issues

Check out ShareX (Free)

2. PicPick

PicPick is an excellent Snipping Tool alternative that competes neck and neck with ShareX. It’s free for personal use, is very comprehensive, and is feature-packed with all the features you’d expect from a screenshot tool. It also has a great UI which makes it incredibly easy to use for people who’ve never used comprehensive photo or video editing tools before.

PicPick for Windows

The tool allows you to quickly capture, edit, share, enhance, and customize your images with features such as drawing, text insertion, and shapes and editing features such as blur, brighten, sharpen, and resize. You could also directly upload screenshots to Google Drive and major social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Overall, it’s one of the best screenshot tools and Snipping Tool alternatives on this list.

Comprehensive, Feature-richThe free version doesn’t upgrade automatically
Clean and user-friendlyThe initial interface is a bit gloomy
Direct upload to social media
Works very well on Windows without issues
Free for private usage

Check out PicPick (Free + Paid)

3. LightShot

LightShot is a decent tool for capturing screenshots. While it’s nowhere near as comprehensive as the aforementioned options, it doesn’t try to be but be simple and usable. It’s easy to install and is a decent replacement for the Snipping Tool. The tool can let you edit photos and upload them to social media in a few clicks. We found the interface to be a bit dated but as long as it works, you’ll have no issues.

LightShot - Snipping tool alternative

LightShot allows you to assign and edit hotkeys for screenshots and customize a few things about the output images such as file format, presence of cursor, etc. It’s free for Mac and Windows and is also available as a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, and all the browsers based on the same.

Light-weight; Great for PCs with lower system resourcesNot as comprehensive
Clean and user-friendlyBad UI
Direct upload to social mediaCould be slow at times
Works very well on Windows without issues
Also available as extensions on popular browsers

Check out LightShot

4. Greenshot

Greenshot is yet another decent, open-source, and free screenshot tool. It comes bundled with a decent image editor and an export tool that can help you edit and export images. You can screenshots using the set hotkeys or by clicking on the Greenshot icon in the hidden icons, and the image editor makes adding annotations and highlights easy.

Greenshot screen capture tool

The export section lets you save the screenshot. The last release of Greenshot was in 2017 but the app’s still quite relevant. It’s nowhere near as comprehensive as the ones mentioned above but is still quite useful nonetheless. Overall, if you’re on a hunt for the most basic Snipping Tool alternative that doesn’t suck, Greenshot is a good option.

Free and open-sourceHasn’t been updated since 2017; Dead project
Clean and user-friendlyIsn’t as comprehensive
Decent image editing options
Works very well on Windows without issues
Easy setup process

Check out Greenshot (Free)

5. Ksnip

From the house of KDE developers, Ksnip is a tool that’s available on both Windows and Linux. For starters, KDE is a firm that develops KDE Plasma, one of the best Desktop Environments among GNU/Linux-based operating systems. Ksnip is a part of the KDE app suite and it’s a great replacement for Snipping Tool.

ksnip for Windows

For starters, it comes with a decent editor that lets you scale, crop, and annotate screenshots while also allowing you to highlight things, add steps, and modify the canvas of an image. Besides, the app is completely free and open-source so you don’t have to worry about the same stealing your data. Overall, it’s one of the best open-source alternatives to Windows’ Snipping Tool.

Free and open-sourceIsn’t as comprehensive
Clean and user-friendlyLacks a few important features
Decent image editing options
Works very well on Windows without issues
Easy setup process

Check out Ksnip (Free)

6. Screenpresso

Screenpresso is another decent screen capture solution for Windows. Some of its features include different modes of capturing, support for hotkeys, and the ability to capture content in scrolling windows. It also supports recording screencast videos in HD quality, meaning, you can use it for different purposes. Like others on this list, Screenpresso comes with a built-in image editor.

Screenpresso - ultimate screen capturing tool

The editor allows you to annotate screenshots and then directly upload them in the desired format. Besides, it also lets you resize, draw shapes over the images, and crop them effortlessly, ensuring you spend less time editing and sharing the screenshots. Overall, it’s a great alternative to Windows’ Snipping Tool.

Clean and user-friendlyLow screen recording quality and fps
Can also record videosDoesn’t record audio
Decent image editing options
Works very well on Windows without issues
Easy setup process

Check out Screenpresso (Free)

7. Flameshot

A snipping tool alternatives guide will never be complete without mentioning Flameshot. It’s a free and open-source tool for Windows, Linux, and macOS that works flawlessly out of the box. It’s simple and easy to use, although it isn’t as comprehensive as our first few contenders. On Windows, the app stays in the system tray and starts taking screenshots as soon as you click on the app icon. Sadly, it doesn’t come with an option that lets you easily assign a hotkey; rather, you’ll need to create a keyboard shortcut in Windows.

Flameshot for Windows

Flameshot comes with features such as pixelating parts of images, shapes, and free-form drawings, adding text, copying screenshots, and the ability to upload the screenshot to Imgur to later share the link. The fact that a free tool can offer such flexibility and features makes Flameshot one of the best and simple Snipping Tool alternatives on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Clean and user-friendlyDoesn’t assign itself to a hotkey automatically
Lots of annotation toolsCould be a bit slow and unoptimized for larger screens
Decent image editing options
Works very well on Windows without issues
Free and open-source

Check out Flameshot (Free)

comment Comments 10
  • neil says:

    Thank you Dave Bowers, helps lots and not widely known but very useful tip.


  • Jim says:

    I also recently discovered a tool that can be an alternative for Snipping Tool. It is the Acethinker Free Screen Grabber Online. I can take snapshots of on my computer screen easily. It is free yet it creates high-quality screenshots. You may want to try it.

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  • David Bowers says:

    Greenshot allows you to save as a *.greenshot that allows for editing at a later time with all annotations as overlaid vector art.

  • AS says:

    Just DL lightshot , its perfect for my workflow

  • neil says:

    can any of these though do what snagit does and let you capture modify annotate etc BUT let you come back and redo these?
    greenshot lets you annotate etc, but when you save that is it. you cannot modify the image by moving the textboxes etc
    & this is a big thing for myself

  • Faisal Arkan says:

    thanks for the LightShot !

  • Reader says:

    You forgot Share X,which is the best in this category by far!But I found it quite advanced for some users and has some tools and features that many people won’t ever use!

    • 360Fov says:

      That’s EXACTLY what I thought! I came here as I forgot the name of ShareX and taking so many gaming related screenshots for 360fov.net and World of Warcraft 360fv_ I knew I needed an upgrade over The Snipping Tool.
      I snagged both Techsmith’s incredible piece of software but they are a bit heavy duty – I wanted that middle-ground, super powerful, but very optimized and lightweight, extensible solution …. ShareX.

      Thank you so much for reminding me of the name. I was abou tto use AlternativeTo but I’m glad I found this as I also discovered BeeBom.com which is a cool site and has comments that are actually relevant so I’ll be recommending it to my creative friends and IG followers etc.. – that’s a lot of people so I will NEVER recommend a site no matter how good if the comments section is bad.

  • OlderNick says:

    The free Irfanview does great screenshots with lots of options, and much more. And it’s portable (no install).

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