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How to Take a Screenshot of your BlackBerry from Mac OSX Terminal

Desktop Manager Mac

You have been able to take screenshots from your BlackBerry Smartphone using your PC for ages now with the help of JavaLoader. I knew it was possible to do the same with the Desktop Manager for Mac but I never did find good documentation for it. Turns out RIM has provided just that to make it easy to take screenshots from your Apple Mac if you have Desktop Manager installed. Here are the instructions

To take a screenshot of the active display on a BlackBerry® smartphone, complete the following steps:

  1. Connect the BlackBerry smartphone to the Macintosh computer using a USB cable
  2. Open Terminal
  3. Type: cd /Applications/BlackBerry\ Desktop\
  4. Type: ./bbdm screenshot active ~/Desktop/screenshot.png

Note: If the BlackBerry smartphone has a password, type ./bbdm -password <password>, where<password> is the password which is set on the BlackBerry smartphone.
By default, the screenshot is saved on the desktop named screenshot.png

3 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Hi,

    you can also take screenshots with BlackBerryToolkit for Mac


  2. Useful thanks! Any idea if the dev is still developing it?

  3. Hi,

    i’m a developer from BBTK, you can contact me over E-Mail [email protected] 🙂


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