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    Linux Xorg Screencapture

    A native Node.js addon which captures the screen content on Linux using the Xorg API


    npm install linux-xorg-screencapture


    const { XScreencap } = require('linux-xorg-screencapture');
    let xsc = new XScreencap("RGBA");
    let success = xsc.connect();
    if (!success) {
        console.log("Could not connect to X server");
    let image;
    try {
        image = xsc.getImage(-1);
    } catch(err) {
        console.log("An error occured:", err.message);
    // work with the data in image

    More examples can be found in the examples/ directory.


    Data format

    All of the method returning images return an object with the format:

        data: Buffer,
        width: Number,
        height: Number

    The data in the buffer are the raw pixel values either in RGB or RGBA order. This object format is referred to as the "default format" in the rest of this documentation.


    Create a new instance with an optional pixel format. The pixel format determines the data contained in the returned buffers and can either be "RGB" or "RGBA" (default). The alpha channel is always set to 255, however.

    This method connects the library to the X server and it needs to be called before any other method. Returns true on success and false if something went wrong.

    Returns the number of active monitors identified via RandR. If RandR is not available, this method returns -1.

    Synchronously gets the image of the specified monitor. If RandR is not available, or -1 is supplied as the monitor value, the whole virtual X screen will be captured. The method either returns an image in the default format or throws an error.

    Asynchronous version of getImage, which returns a promise resolving to image data in the default format.

    startAutoCapture(delay, monitor, ?allowSkips)
    Starts a new thread, which tries to capture the screen every delay milliseconds. Image data is then emitted as an image event. This method functions similar to setInterval(() => xsc.getImageAsync().then(image => emit("image", image)), delay), but with the added bonus of all the timing stuff happening in native code and a separate thread, which improves the performance. Note: You can only have one of these threads running at any time, so subsequent calls to startAutoCapture without stopping the auto capture in between have no effect. The optional parameter allowSkips controls how the thread queues up the image events. If the event did not have a chance to fire before the next image is captured, it can either be queued up (allowSkips = false) or just be thrown away (allowSkips = true, default).

    Stops the auto capture thread. By default, no futher image events will be emitted after this method has been called, since clearBacklog is true by default. If you want to process every captured frame however, set clearBacklog to false.


    Event 'image'
    Emitted in an interval which duration is determined by the delay parameter in the startAutoCapture method. The event handler will be called with an object in the default image format.


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