Window Recorder is the missing piece in the macOS screencapture tool. With screencapture, you have the following options:

The options are accessible through the accompanying toolbar, Shift-Command-5 , but as it's easy to spot, there's one thing missing from the recording side, namely Record a window:

screencapture toolbar

This is where Window Recorder comes in, allowing you to snap to the area of just a single window, same as screencapture can do for screenshots.

Pixel perfect window recordings in just three steps:

  1. Open Window Recorder.
  2. Click on window to select it and start recording.
  3. Click the stop button in the status bar when done.




Try Window Recorder today!

Download on the Mac App Store


Short example demo


More information

How to access preferences?

  1. Launch Window Recorder.
  2. Right click on the menu bar icon.
  3. Click the Preferences item or press ⌘P.
Menu bar drop down Preferences Window

macOS service: Record Window

Window Recorder comes with a global service aptly named Record Window.

From any application, click on the application name in the menu bar > Services > Record Window. This will open Window Recorder in the same way as if launched manually.

Record Window service

Keyboard shortcut

As can be seen in the screenshot above, the Record Window service can be bound to a global keyboard shortcut, in the same manner as the built-in screencapture tool.

This combination cannot be enabled by default when the application is installed, so it's necessary to manually assign it via System Preferences. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. On your Mac, Choose Apple menu > System Preferences.
  2. Click Keyboard, then Shortcuts from the tabs up top.
  3. In the sidebar, click Services, then scrool to the bottom, to find the General group.
  4. Assign a key combination to the Record Window service, e.g. Shift-Command-6, and then you're good to go.
Assign a keyboard shortcut to the Record Window service

Privacy Policy

Window Recorder doesn't store any personal data, period.

The screen recordings it produces, is local to the end users computer and no analytics or other telemetry is gathered from use of the application.