So I'm trying to get custom shells and have tried using this as many people have recommended it. All I see in the Shell Extensions menu is "install shell extension" and when I click on the link user themes isn't there. Also, in the theme menu, there is a triangle with an exclamation mark in it next to Shell Theme. how can I fix this and get shell themes like Faience?

  • Did you update your version of gnome? Some extensions are only compatible with some version of Gnome. – Wilf Feb 1 '14 at 23:58
  • how do i do that? – user242628 Feb 2 '14 at 0:20
  • yes i just looked and i do. ubuntu had some weird icon and said i had to remove some files update some files and replace some, so i did and the stuff in the shell extensions went away hence why i change my question – user242628 Feb 2 '14 at 0:51

To get a user specified shell theme, use this extension:
User Themes - GNOME Shell Extensions. Install it from the extension, page and make sure it is on in gnome-tweak-tool: enter image description here

and here are the results - with it off, and with it on: enter image description here

You can then use gnome-tweak-tool, or dconf-tools (use org.gnome.shell.extensions.user-theme name NAME_OF_THEME) to set the theme - here is Gnome Tweak Tool again:

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By the way, I recommend the Zukiwi Theme - you may be able to install that with:

sudo apt-get install zukiwi

For your original question, as this is useful also for reference:

To fix some shell extension that also have the warning triangle, particularly after an update:

First, go to here, and see if any update icons are displayed.

If that does not work, first find your version of Gnome by running this:

 gnome-shell --version

In my case, this is 3.10.3, but I only need the 3.10 bit.

Then open Nautilus (File Manager), open the location bar (Ctrl+L), and enter this:


Alternately, view hidden file with Ctrl+H, and open .local > share > etc

Find the folder with the extension in - For instance, Status are Horizontal Spacing, by mathematicalcoffee, is in this folder:


Open up the folder, then open the file metadata.json. Find these lines:

  "shell-version": [

and add your version of Gnome in if it is not present:

  "shell-version": [

Note where you need the commas ,. Save and exit, and after reloading the shell (Alt+F2, enter r, and press Enter), the extension should work. If the warning triangle is still there, then it is probably some other problem.

  • So i clicked the link for the user themes and clicked the switch to on and clicked install when it asked me but nothing happens after that.... what do i do now. – user242628 Feb 2 '14 at 19:05
  • Close the browser window, and reload the page - the switch should hopefully still be on to indicate it is working. You should now be able to enable the theme in gnome-tweak-tool. To work, theme be gnome-shell compatible, and in /usr/share/themes – Wilf Feb 2 '14 at 20:02

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