I've got a little issue with gnome shell extensions. After installing some of them, I understood I didn't like them and decided to remove them. The extensions themselves (their folders in /home/username/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions) were deleted successfully. However, the deleted extensions were not removed from the list of installed extensions at extensions.gnome.org. They also were not removed from the list in gnome-tweak-tool.

So now in my list I have a bunch of extensions that I have already deleted. The funny thing is that I can't reinstall them too, since both the gnome-tweak-tool and the website think they are still there. This isn't a big deal of course, but I find it a little annoying.

Reinstalling gnome-tweak-tool didn't help.

Is there a way to somehow update the status of installed extensions?

  • Did you log out, and then log in again? – Alistair Buxton Oct 21 '12 at 1:42
  • @Alistair, yes of course, multiply times =) – SingerOfTheFall Oct 21 '12 at 7:30
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    Do you happen to have the gnome-shell-extensions package installed? The two places where extensions can be placed, as far as I know, is /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/ and $HOME/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/ – arand Oct 23 '12 at 14:35

How to remove one or all Gnome-shell extension(s) completely

Open terminal: (from app menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T)

Then type: sudo su - and type your password and press enter

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then type this command:

cd /home/"your user account"/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/

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then type this command to see all your installed extensions: ls

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then type this command to remove each or extension you really want to remove it completely:

rm -r name-of-extention

for example : rm -r dash-to-dock@yyy.gmail.com/

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and press : Alt+F2 then type “r” yes simple just one r

Ok it done.

You can check extensions.gnome.org to be sure about this.


Go to installed extensions on extensions.gnome.org and click the X symbol in the circle to the right of the extension to uninstall it. The ON/OFF switch only disables it.

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    That's the first thing I've tried. The button doesn't do anything. – SingerOfTheFall Oct 25 '12 at 5:39

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