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Recording the remote or local desktop

NoMachine offers session recording, freely available in all its remote desktop products on all platforms, which lets you capture anything and everything that is in the window of the remote desktop session you initiate as well as any activity on the local desktop. This makes it an extremely powerful tool which can be used in a number of scenarios.

Remote support

Have you ever asked for remote technical assistance for a problem you encountered on your PC or Mac, but struggled to describe the actual problem? Even worse, the previously fixed issue has cropped up again and you wish you could remember the steps to take to fix it? NoMachine lets you record the activity on the screen to capture not just the weird behaviour, but also the steps that the remote technician performs on your desktop when they’re connected via NoMachine. That way, the next time you don’t remember what to do, you have the video for later use.

Record game-play

If you're an avid PC gamer and want to share your gameplay with the world, the easiest way to do this is to record yourself playing. NoMachine lets you do this! Whether you're playing on the local desktop or prefer to remotely control the game running on your high-end GPU computer using NoMachine from another room, you can use the in-built screen recorder to capture your play performance. The clips you make can be then uploaded to your favourite video-sharing site or you can just keep them on your own PC and share with friends.

Create how-tos

Recording activity on the screen, whether it’s your local desktop or what’s happening in a remote desktop session, offers a powerful way to create more widely accessible and shareable videos for all manner of purposes, including how-to guides and instructions. Making clips of how to use a specific program, for example, lets the audience learn by watching the host move through the steps.

Capture multi-media

Similarly, with other multi-media content, you can activate screen recording as a way to capture your favourite TV episode or a live-streamed presentation playing on the local or remote desktop for playback later without having to go online and watch them again.



How to record the screen with NoMachine

There are two ways to use the session recording tool: during remote desktop sessions when you’re connected to another computer, and when you're working on the desktop locally.


To record the content of the desktop in a remote desktop window:

  • Open the NoMachine program on your connecting client
  • Connect to the remote desktop
  • Use the shortcut Ctrl-Alt-R to show the recording bar
  • Click the red button to start recording
  • It's also possible to access 'Recording' via the session menu using Ctrl-Alt-0 > Recording


Show the recording bar in the NoMachine session

Fig. 1 - Use Ctrl-Alt-R to open the recording bar and click the red button to start recording



Access recording the desktop via the menu

Fig. 2 - You can also access the recording bar via the session menu



Access recording the desktop via the menu

Fig. 3 - Click 'Show the recording bar'



To activate screen recording on the local desktop:

  • Click on the !M icon in your desktop’s system tray
  • Select ‘Show recording bar’
  • Click the red button to start recording
Select ‘Show recording bar’ to access NoMachine's screen recording tool

Fig. 4 - Click on the !M icon in the system tray of the desktop

Click the red button to start recording the content in the NoMachine session window

Fig. 5 - Click the red button to start recording the desktop's activity


Just click and save!

Regardless of whether you want to capture video from a website, record your crazy gaming moments or record activity on the screen for remote assistance or training purposes, NoMachine does it with just the click of a button. All recordings are stored as .nxv files to the local computer for easy storage and can be played back using the NoMachine player. From version 7 any .nxv files available on the local device are made available in the Machines panel.

Recording files in the Machine panel

Fig. 6 - Recordings available on the local device