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How do I install GNOME Shell extensions?

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@psusi What kind of answer are you looking for? The GNOME extensions page is the latest and greatest way of installing extensions, and it's already been answered.. –  Seth Jan 15 '14 at 19:28
@Seth, the page doesn't work. It just has a silly on/off slider that does nothing and gives no link to download the extensions. –  psusi Jan 15 '14 at 23:37
@psusi So you want to download the binary/source of the extension or fix the site? (the site does work, it's just tricky AFAIK) –  Seth Jan 15 '14 at 23:39
@Seth, I want to install an extension, as the question asks. The site doesn't install anything. –  psusi Jan 15 '14 at 23:43
@psusi If you slide the slider to the "on" position you should get a dialog with "install" and "cancel" options. Do you see that? Also, what extension are you trying to install? –  Seth Jan 15 '14 at 23:45

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I have been going crazy trying to get this to work on a clean installation of ubuntu gnome 14.04. I have found the solution. Open firefix. Go to the addons. Under the plugins, you will see Gnome Shell Integration. Select that and change the activation options to ALWAYS ACTIVATE. I then closed out firefox and then reopened. When I went back to addons.mozilla.org. I was able to install the extenstions (The slider stayed in the on position. The extenstion did show up in the tweak tool after that. I hope this helps. I have read so many answers and tried so many things. I am just happy that I figured it out and I'm able to share it with everyone. Here is quick list of versions so you can verify against yours.

Clean install of Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 Firefox 34. Version that was installed during installation.


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1. Go to the gnome-shell extensions page using a supported browser (that is not totally secured to anything running on or coming from the web).

Like the stock gnome-browser or a clean install of firefox should work as well. I sometimes had issues installing extensions using google-chrome or midori.


2. Filter by "Supported by: Current Version"

3. Click the toggle-Button of the Extension you want

4. A "install this extension"-question should pop up. Confirm.

(5.) In rare cases you need to reload the gnome-shell to make a new extension work without issues. (RARE!) - open the gnome-shell run dialogue (Alt+F2 ? - if not set check Alt+F2 doesn't display the Run Command Prompt in GNOME Shell), type in "r" without quotes and hit [Enter].

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Gnome-shell extensions can be installed from the Gnome-shell extensions web page. The site is: https://extensions.gnome.org/ enter image description here

To install an extension click on the extension and then you will go a page describing the extension.

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In that page you can see a slider switch. Turn on the slider if you want to install the extension. Then you will see a prompt to install the extension.

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The installed extensions can be managed from https://extensions.gnome.org/local/

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This so does not work on Ubuntu 14.10 –  abergmeier Jan 22 at 12:42

The GNOME website has an Extensions section set up, which is currently in its Beta phase. It promises easy installation of extensions, and management of installed ones, through a web interface.

The site can be accessed here: https://extensions.gnome.org/

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This i really great! No install, clean and simple, as sliding a button –  LnxSlck May 10 '12 at 23:32
i didn't find the sliding button for non-installed extensions –  MhdSyrwan Jun 13 '12 at 22:15
@MhdSyrwan you need firefox with an installed Gnome addon to be able to see that button. –  tftd Jun 2 '13 at 17:57
Actually I'm on a fresh install of Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 and one-click-install from extensions.gnome.org doesn't work (no proxy, add-on and firefox are packaged with distribution, maybe it's permissions problem somewhere under the ~/.local root). –  Cyprian Guerra May 11 '14 at 16:04
up vote 14 down vote accepted

Manage Gnome and the shell extension

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

The GNOME extension aren't in official repository so you can use a PPA where you can download all of them;

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update

These are a set of gnome shell extension :

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme gnome-shell-extensions-dock gnome-shell-extensions-drive-menu gnome-shell-extensions-pidgin gnome-shell-extensions-system-monitor gnome-shell-extensions-weather gnome-shell-extensions-windows-navigator
  • gnome-shell-extensions-windows-navigator

This extension allows keyboard selection of windows and workspaces in the overview mode.

  • gnome-shell-extensions-weather

is a simple extension for displaying weather notifications in GNOME Shell.

  • gnome-shell-extensions-system-monitor

This extension adds a system monitor.

  • gnome-shell-extensions-pidgin

Display Pidgin chats as notifications in the Shell message tray

  • gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme

This extension adds theming support to GNOME Shell. With this extension, you can personalize the looks of GNOME Shell with themes installed in ~/.themes/ or in /usr/share/themes. For a GUI way to install/remove themes, install package gnome-tweak-tool.

  • gnome-shell-extensions-drive-menu

This extension adds status menu for accessing and unmounting removable devices.

  • Gnome-shell-extensions-dock

    shows a dock-style task switcher to the right side of the screen and is visible all the time (unlike the Dash "dock" displayed on the left that's only displayed in the "Activities" view). Right now, the dock looks almost the same as the Dash dock except it's smaller.

    Gnome Shell Dock Extension comes with very basic functionality: display a list of running applications and add/remove applications as favourites with only right click.

What are PPAs and how do I use them?

Thx to http://www.webupd8.org/ for it PPA.

see this gnome-shell page-> https://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell/CheatSheet

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You can also add extensions without installing a PPA by downloading an extension and putting it in ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions. The extension will then show up in the tweak tool which you can use to enable the extension. –  user1477 Nov 4 '11 at 19:38
@user1477 you will need to elaborate more. –  ggg Apr 22 '12 at 3:08
@user1477, how? The stupid extensions web site doesn't provide a download link -- just a on/off slider that does nothing. –  psusi Jan 13 '14 at 19:10
Sorry the "stupid" site doesn't work for you. It does work because it works for me. To answer your question though, you just have to download the code. How to get to the code depends on where you're getting it from. Many of the extensions sit on github, so you can google for them. Then download the zip from github, extract it so that your extension is in ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions. –  user1477 Jan 13 '14 at 19:21
@psusi What extension are you trying to download? Sometimes you need to install dependencies. I installed 2 extensions from the extension site just 5 minutes ago.. –  Seth Jan 14 '14 at 21:23

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