How to remove clock from the top panel in gnome-shell? enter image description here

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It is possible by creating an extension.

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/Disable_Clock@ocelot
cd  ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/Disable_Clock@ocelot

Make a metadata.json file.

gedit metadata.json

Cut following code, and Paste into the editor ,and Save.

{"shell-version": ["3.2"], "uuid": "Disable_Clock@ocelot", "name": "Disable Clock", "description": "Disable Clock from the top of panel"}

Make an extension.js file.

gedit extension.js

Cut following code, and Paste into the editor ,and Save.

const St = imports.gi.St;
const Main = imports.ui.main;

function init(meta) {

function enable() {

function disable() {

Restart gnome-shell and Turn on "Disable Clock" extension by gnome-tweak-tool

  • Great! Thank you! Really good way with a possibility to turn it back easily. [For anyone else who might use this: I had to run gedit lines with sudo!]
    – Laurynas
    Nov 14, 2011 at 15:23
  • Not working in 18.04
    – jonathan
    Mar 2, 2019 at 8:41
  • This worked for me in 18.04 - extensions.gnome.org/extension/1110/hide-clock
    – jonathan
    Mar 2, 2019 at 8:52

Hide the clock in your current session with this command:

dbus-send --session --type=method_call --dest=org.gnome.Shell /org/gnome/Shell org.gnome.Shell.Eval string:'Main.panel._dateMenu.actor.hide();'
  • doesn't work in the latest versions of Ubuntu
    – user5245
    Mar 26, 2017 at 23:11

Press Alt+Right click the clock, there should be an entry saying Remove from panel.

  • 2
    Using Alt key while Right clicking clock doesn't seem to to anything, it just opens calendar like a simple Left click. Am I doing something wrong?
    – Laurynas
    Nov 13, 2011 at 15:20
  • That works in fallback mode with compiz disabled Nov 13, 2011 at 15:39
  • Yes! Press the Alt first and right click on the clock and a popup will ask you for 'Remove' and 'Remove from panel' choose 'remove from panel and select 'Don't reload'. Try it again.
    – all4naija
    Nov 13, 2011 at 15:44
  • You actually need alt-super-right
    – Amanda
    Jun 25, 2012 at 17:21

At teminal type the following:

sudo apt-get remove indicator-datetime
  • Removed indicator-datetime, rebooted system, clock is still there
    – Laurynas
    Nov 13, 2011 at 14:52
  • @Laurynas seriously? I kinda want to remove the indicator now to see if your joking. The is really still there? Jan 3, 2013 at 21:20

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