I'm on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, trying to install GNOME Shell Extensions, GNOME Tweaks (both of which I think installed 'successfully'?) and the browser extension to the Shell extensions website, to use on Firefox/Chromium.

I have the browser shortcut installed, but I always get this message:

Although GNOME Shell integration extension is running, native host connector is not detected. Refer documentation for instructions about installing connector.

I have been struggling for the last few days trying to install this connector. On the shell extensions page, there is no ability to toggle any of the extensions on/off. However, through the Tweaks app, I already have a couple extensions working (always show workspaces, windows list, workspace indicator).

I have tried a few things, mainly CLI stuff, nothing works, and I'm a terribly confused n00b. Please, can somebody help me?

P.S. my Settings app is no longer found anywhere.

Does the Cmake option usually work as a last resort?


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You can easily install the connector (chrome-gnome-shell) from your package manager or terminal:

sudo apt-get install chrome-gnome-shell

Reference: Wiki


GNOME Shell browser integration Installation Guide says that latest releases of the chrome-gnome-shell connector, 10.1-5 at the time I am writing this answer, supports Firefox.

For Firefox you should manually install extension from Mozilla Addons site. Please note that Firefox is supported since connector version 8.

It also says that Opera was supported starting from the release 7 of the connector, but then the plugin was disabled on the Opera site.

Opera was supported since connector version 7 up to version 10.1. However extension was deactivated at Opera addons website without any technical explanation.

I didn't find any explicit information about Chromium, but I expect the extension on that browser to be able to use the connector.

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