I know how to go to the https://extensions.gnome.org/ website and download gnome-shell extensions, but now I need to install some extensions available there on a computer without any internet access at all. It is in a internal corporate network and there's no way I can get outside internet access on it, so I must find another way. I can copy files in a usb disk.

At my home computer, I have found my extensions at ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/ but just copying this folder to the target corporate computer didn't do the trick.

Running gnome-tweak-tool gives me a "Install Shell Extension" button but I don't know how to download an extension in a format acceptable to install using this button. I have tried to point to the folder above but it didn't work either.

What do I need to do?

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You are almost there. After:

  1. copying the folder in the ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/
  2. just restart Gnome Shell: Alt+F2 -> R -> Enter

and the extension should appear in the gnome-tweaks tool (restart that one as well).

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    there's also a new command line gnome-extensions install filename.zip
    – nosklo
    Jan 14, 2022 at 10:47
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    Under Wayland there's no convenient way to restart Gnome Shell. Surely there has to be a way to do this as installing actual publihed extensions does not anything like this?
    – Timo
    Mar 8, 2023 at 11:46

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