You can’t throw a rock today without hitting a screen-sharing piece of software. Especially today with all this casedemic bullshit. But most apps come with drawbacks.
Both parties need to have the same software installed and running. Most of the time that’s proprietary software. And most of the time screen sharing can be laggy and/or comes with a poor image quality.
Screego aim’s to fix that. It’s free and open source, good image quality and generally low letency. And all you need is a web browser. However, it’s worth mentioning that Screego only allows you to share your screen and nothing else. Not even audio.
- Multi User Screenshare
- Secure transfer via WebRTC
- Low latency / High resolution
- Simple Install via Docker / single binary
- Integrated TURN Server see NAT Traversal
HOW TO USE
Option 1. You can either host Screego yourself or set it up with docker. You can find all the documentation here. Note that TLS is required for Screego to work.
Option 2. Use the public Screego instance. Either use the default id ( random three words ) or set your own. After that just click on create room.
Once you click on “create room”, the room will be created and the page will look like the screenshot below. To share your screen with other(s) people, all you need is to share the link to your room. Example:
But before you share your screen let’s take care of some setting first. Not mandatory, but nice to have.
As you can see in the screenshot above, there’s a tab with 4 buttons at the bottom of the screen. First button, the one with the arrow pointing up, allows you to start your screen sharing. We’ll come back to that one later.
The second one is your member list. It will display you as the owner of the room, and whoever else is participating in your presentation. Your name will also be randomly assigned. But that can be changed….
If you click on the last button, the one that looks like three vertical ellipsis ( btw it’s called a
kebab menu button ), it’ll give you the option to change your name.
Once you share the link to your room and people start joining, you’ll notice that the badge on the member list button will change reflecting how many people are in your room. If you hover your mouse over the button it will also show you who exactly is in the room.
People joining your room can also choose their names. Unless they want to be called something random like CloudCold Sugar or WandererAncient Pollen.
Ok, so now you’re ready to start your presentation. Just click on the Start Presentation button and you’re ready to go.
Not really. Because here’s where Screego shines. Instead of just sharing your entire screen with everybody in the room, Screego will ask what exactly to share.
You can choose to share:
- Your entire screen
- A specific application window
- Or a specific tab in your browser
That’s it. That simple. It’ll probably take you more time to read this article than to start sharing your screen with collegues.
Also, Screego’s code and binary releases are available on Github.