Best free screen recorders for desktop in 2017

Best free screen recorders for desktop in 2017. Of all the software we had reviewed, this is the list of top 14 best free screen recorders for Windows and Mac desktop computer you can use.

Screen recorder is a useful tool to create instructional videos to show other people your computer’s screen with voice-over. If you make a quick google search, you will see that there are dozen of screen recorder you can use such as: Snagit, Icecreamapps, Screencast o Matic, ActivePresenter, Bandicam and so on. There are really many options out there. Users are often waste too much time on searching and trying the software one by one, again and again. That is not to mention many risks from the free, unknown software which can be harmful to your computers such as: Trojan, spyware, malware and so on.

We understand your difficulty and trying to help you saving your valuable time and reduce potential risks you may meet by testing them and recommend the best software for you. These are the most popular free and paid screen recorders you can use to record video and narration from your Desktop Windows or Mac. All of them had been tested carefully by our reviewers.

Here are the best free screen recorder for desktop – Windows and Mac – Reviewed in 2017

These are free, powerful and professional screen recorder you can download and use to record video and audio from your desktop. These best tools are reviewed carefully by our reviewers.

1. ActivePresenter

The best free screen recorder with built-in video editor. A great tool for making tutorial video, product demos and software simulation – Windows and macOS X platform.

ActivePresenter is an all in one free screen recorder that works on both Windows and Mac without watermark, no time limit in recordings with full HD quality. It provides great built-in editing features for screencast and elearning purposes. You can capture full screen or customized area then edit the videos in slide-based editing window. Once you have finished, you can export videos into AVI, MKV, WebM and MP4.

Best features

  • Record full HD video.
  • No watermark, no time limit.
  • Great built-in video editor.
Pre-recording set up in activepresenter
Pre-Recording Set Up in ActivePresenter

2. Apowersoft Free online Screen recorder

The best free online screen recorder with built-in video editor

This free screen recorder is web-based, meaning you don’t have to download it to your computer to do the recording. Instead, you just open this free online screen recorder in your web and start recording. This application does not require Java Applet, but you need to install a launcher if it’s the first time using it. You can then record screen online without limits afterwards.

Best features

  • No java require.
  • No watermark, no time limit.
  • Built-in video editor.
  • Simple to use.
apowersoft save output file
Apowersoft file convert option

3. Icecream Screen recorder

The most simple to use free screen recorder with built-in drawing tools

Icecream free screen recorder is very simple to use for recording video as well as taking screenshot. It can work on Windows desktop. You can choose to record AVI, MP4 video as well as integrated webcam. Limit recording time in 10 minutes. You can take screenshot, draw outline while recording.

Best features

  • Easy to use, free.
  • Built-in drawing tools.
  • Take screenshot easily.
icecream screen recorder
Icecream interface

4. Bandicam

The best free screen recorder for recording games

Bandicam is the best free desktop screen recorder for game-play, streaming movies in high quality within 24 hours. Bandicam is also very easy to use and allow user to capturing computer screen with voice-over from high speed games without lag. You can also choose Record screen Webcam or from HDMI cable.

Best features

  • Simple to use.
  • High quality video.
  • Optimized for recording games.

Bandicam Game mode recorder

5. Screencast O Matic

Powerful free screen recording software for short recordings

Great web-based free screen recorder for Windows and Mac desktop with integrated webcam and audio narration. It is almost similar to Apowersoft but the recording is limited to 15 minutes only.

Best features

  • Simple to use.
  • Record desktop, webcam or both.
  • Sharing online directly.
Screencast O Matic recording window

6. OBS Studio

The best free, open source screen recorder for Windows and Mac with live streaming capability.

OBS is one of the best free and open source screen recording software for video recording and live streaming.  It is easy to download and install this tool within 2-3 minutes. Like other powerful screen recorder, OBS allow users to record videos and audio for streaming purpose or screencasting videos. Customized pre-recording set up are also great in this tool. OBS can work on both Windows and Mac. Various output type options: flv, Mp4, mov, mav, ts, m3u8  are advantages of OBS.

Best features

  • Recording games and desktop.
  • Easy tool for capture video and images.
  • Free live streaming tool.
OBS Studio interface
OBS Studio Interface

7. Aiseesoft free screen recorder

The most professional free and paid screen recorder for Windows

Aiseesoft Screen Recorder is an easy-to-use screen capture tool to record any video or audio on your computer and save them in high quality. This powerful video screen recording app can help you grab online movies and radio, capture games, make video tutorials, record webcam videos, take screenshot, etc. on Windows 10/8/7.

Best features

  • Simple to use.
  • Create high quality video.
  • Support multiple languages.
Aiseesoft capturing tool
Aiseesoft capturing tool

8. Gilisoft

GiliSoft Screen Recorder is a screen recording software for Windows, it captures what you see on screen and what you hear/say simultaneously, and saves them as compressed video file in real-time. It is usually used to create software demos, capture streaming videos and record game plays. Although Gilisoft has only trial version and has to buy at $39,95 for paid version but we evaluate this software is one the best paid screen recorder now. That’s why it is in the list.


9. Snagit

Easy to use, professional screen recorder from TechSmith with all necessary recording features for screencast, training videos and product demos.

Although, We put Snagit in the list for best free screen recorders for desktop but in fact, we can only try it in 30 days now. We don’t remove this tool from the list because of its’ professional features you may want to discover more in paid version.


10. Tiny Take

The most easy to use free screen recorder to create screencast with intuitive user’s interface and recording functions. Tiny take is wonderful light weight recorders that suitable for all users.Well, I am not surprised why Tiny Take is not rated high in the top free screen recorder for Desktop. At the first step when I download and install the app, it takes more time than all the above software. It also require an account with Tiny Take to start using. Whenever we take screenshot or video, they will be saved in Tiny Take server

Tiny take recording window
Tiny Take capturing window

11. Flashback Express

FlashBack Express free screen recorder captures your PC screen, webcam and sounds. In FBE, you are able to choose record modes i.e: Automatic – Allow FBE to adjust settings automatically or lossless quality, record moving viedos or games (MPEG mode) or minimize CPU usage type. You have also other set up functions to minimize file size for usages later. Upload to Youtube or save as a video file. The output format will be in fbj type. You can edit video file with minimum editing features that is Crop size.

flash back express recorder

11. Ezvid

Many people vote for Ezvid free screen recording software and We must agree that this is a good free screen recorder for but not the best one. We find out that the customized screen recording area is missing from this tool. Whenever We record, it only full screen recording. Like other simple tools, Ezvid provide and drawing tool to put your hand writing on recording screen. No time limit is an advantage of Ezvid.

Ezvid Free Screen Recorder Review
Ezvid user interface is simplified and easy to use.

12. VSDC free screen recorder

This is a free, simple to use screen recorder for Windows. You are able to record video and voice over. Although the interface is very simple and you don’t have many options in VSDC, but the quality of your recordings will be great.

VSDC free screen recorder setting
Video and audio setting

13. xSplit Broadcaster

The best screen recorder for games and live streaming.

xSplit Broadcaster has a free, professional screen recorder for Windows that can be used for capturing input from any source, including your desktop monitor, webcam, media file, an application, video card or a game play at 720p quality and max 30fps. The results will have no watermark and there is no time limit as well.

xSplit starting screen
xSpit starting screen

14. Camtasia

The most expensive and professional all in one screen recorder – video editor from TechSmith. 

Camtasia’s video editor has everything you need to make amazing videos. Add effects, music, and more. Software available on Windows and Mac. Camtasia has been famous all over the world for years. There is nothing much to say about this software. It is simply the most professional, powerful and maybe no.1 screencast tool in the industry.


Final Words

There are many wonderful desktop free and paid screen recorders for Windows and Mac out there for you to try. However, the above list we picked has been tested, reviewed by not only us but millions of users all over the world. So, try one of them for free and let us know if you can get useful information from this post.

Share with us which free screen recorders for desktop are you using in the list? Type the name of the software in the comment box below.

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