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I have downloaded several gnome-shell extensions from official Gnome site and installed. But, I don't want to install them every time, I re-install my Ubuntu. I want to have a feature to backup those extensions and restore them as required.

How can I do that?

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The downloaded gnome-shell extensions are stored in the .local/share/gnome-shell/extensions folder in your home directory folder. Copy the extensions folder and store them in somewhere else.

When you need to restore those extensions, copy and paste the stored extensions folder in your .local/share/gnome-shell folder. Logout and Login.

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Simply copying the extensions folder didn't work for me (Ubuntu Gnome Shell Remix 12.04) –  Emil Oct 6 '12 at 1:10

I guess I figured it out. You have to replace (after backuping, for safety) the following three folders with the original ones previously saved from the system you want to clone:

~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions

~/.local/share/gnome-shell/quicklaunch

~/.config/dconf

Then logout and login.

Let me know if it works, or if you find better ways!

(tested on Ubuntu Gnome Shell Remix 12.04)

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I have to replace those folders with what? –  Anwar Shah Oct 8 '12 at 2:29

gnome extensions are there : /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions (sudo cp obviously)

to reinstall you copy them back in .local/share/gnome-shell/extensions (you'll need to reactivate them in gnome tweak & then restart the session though)

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