Does anyone know the command line option to disable Chrome's custom title bar, like the Windows' equivalent of "--disable-features=Windows10CustomTitlebar", but for Linux?

I know that you can use the GTK+ theme and toggle the "Use system title bar and borders" option, but that only affects the main Chrome browser interface. I would like for it to apply to Chrome's windowed apps as well.

I have tried the following options to no avail:




  • It turns out that there is no equivalent option for Linux after a going through a Chromium Codesearch. This inconsistent behaviour has been confirmed to be a bug by the Chromium team. If you would like to get this bug prioritized and fixed soon then you can star the issue here. – Stephan Jun 4 '19 at 17:33

To use the system's default title bars in windowed Chrome apps you will have to create a .desktop shortcut manually.

Below is an example for YouTube but can be modified for any website.

Desktop shortcut

Create .desktop file: gedit ~/.local/share/applications/youtube.desktop


[Desktop Entry]
Icon=<custom path to your icons>/youtube.png
Exec=/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome --profile-directory=Default --app=https://youtube.com


Icons can be retrieved by browsing to the website and going into Chrome's menu: More tools > Create shortcut...

The icon will be located in its corresponding extension directory: ~/.config/google-chrome/Default/Extensions

Select the icon image with the largest size.


If your app URL contains a /, then it must be replaced with __.


StartupWMClass=play.google.com/music becomes StartupWMClass=play.google.com__music


Restart GNOME: Alt+F2 r Enter

Open app from application list.


Before: Windowed Chrome apps without system title bar

After: Windowed Chrome apps with system title bar

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