Screencast-O-Matic: Download and Setup Recorder

Screencast-O-Matic is available to all University of Minnesota faculty and staff, and to students EXCEPT those students who have suppressed their directory information. When a directory-suppressed student authenticates and is sent to the dashboard page on, they receive a blank screen. Work is in progress to allow directory-suppressed students to access Screencast-O-Matic.

Download and setup recorder

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your University of Minnesota Internet ID.
  3. On the Screencast-O-Matic - University of Minnesota page, open the first Frequently Asked Question, "What if I can't work in the browser?"
    • Select the Download the full app install link and follow the prompts.
  4. Return to and click Start Recorder. Depending on your current computer settings you may get prompted for various information:
    • If you see a dialog box with various options select either Team Plan or Site License. On the following screen, enter uofminn and then click Submit.
    • The application will open and you should see a dialog box to Enable Pro Recording using 'uofminn' Site License?:
      Click OK and you will be launched into the recorder.

Note: After download you may be prompted to download a Screen Recorder Launcher as well. This enables the recorder to be launched right from your browser and is a one time download. If you are prompted click on the link and follow the instructions, and then go back to the Screencast-O-Matic page to click on Start Recorder again.

Existing Users of Screencast-O-Matic

If you are part of an existing site license for Screencast-O-Matic (e.g. Morris campus; Extension; CCAPS; UMNTC CLA, etc.) you will need to perform some steps to switch over to the UMN site license; the steps are below.

Existing users - macOS

  1. In the Finder, from the Go menu pick Go to Folder
  2. Under Go to the Folder, enter ~/Library then click Go.
  3. From the Library folder, located "Screencast-O-Matic-v2" and move it to the Trash.
  4. Empty the Trash.
  5. Return to the Installing Screencast-O-Matic steps above.

Existing users - Windows

  1. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a Program
  2. Double click on Screen Recorder Launcher. When complete, click Close.
  3. Return to the Installing Screencast-O-Matic steps above.

Usage Notes

Recording Tips

  • Be mindful of what you are recording, especially if you are sharing with a widespread audience. When the recording interface loads, there is a checkered box around the recording area that notes, "Recorder will record anything that happens in this frame."
  • If you are using MacOS Catalina, you may need to enable recording for Screencast-O-Matic:
    1. Open System Preferences mac%20system%20preferences.pngx
    2. Select Security & Privacy
      Mac system preferences menu. Security and privacy highlighted.
    3. Select Privacy.
    4. Select Screen Recording.
      Privacy tab open with menu options. Screen recording highlighted.
    5. Check that the Screencast-O-Matic application is checked.
    6. Restart your computer to finalize the changes.

Do Not Publish to; Save to Desktop

The UMN site license does not include storage space on

  1. To save a recording to your computer, from the Options panel, click Save As Video File
    A screenshot showing the location of Save as Video 
  2. In the pop-up window, update the publish options, then click Publish to save the file to your computer.

Additional Information