How to Installing & Configuring Gnome Extensions!

Configure gnome-shell extensions

Remember those little add-ons that you used to accomplish several tasks on your desktop browser in less time? For example, say the plug-ins you use to block advertisements during watching movies.

Big, convenient things aren’t they?

Well, as you already are aware to enhance the performance of all these plug-ins often extensions are available. Today’s topic of discussion is the Gnome extension along with the how to configure gnome-shell extensions.

So, what is this Gnome extension?

If you’re in possession of a Gnome desktop, then this Gnome consists of minute codes that help in boosting the working capability of your Gnome desktop.

Now, he Gnome extension further has third-party add ons which one can add to the big shell extension. These work on the existent plug-in and help it function more optimally.

One can access these at the top panel; these would show needful data like the weather, or maybe the internet speed etc.

Moving on,

How to install a Gnome extension?

Gnome shell extension can be added following the below procedures –

  1. Use as less extensions as possible from Ubuntu.
  2. Now, find an install the required extensions in your website browser.
  3. Download and manually install the extension.

A little bit in detail –

For installing Gnome extension in your web browser, first go to the Gnome extension website and then mange your extensions. Now, in the Gnome shell integration you will find two options.

The first will say, a browser extension, click on this one. This will take you to a link which lets you add the extension in the browser.

Once, you’ve chosen and installed your required Gnome extension, do the following –

  1. Press CTRL + ALT+ T and in the new terminal window type this command – sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell.
  2. Now, wait and enter your password when asked for it.
  3. Refresh and you can browse through the added extensions now.

However, you can also configure gnome-shell extensions through tweak tools and manual processes.  Let’s have a look –

1.Tweak tools

For this purpose you require to install a Gnome tweak tool in your browser. Once you accomplish the task, again type sudo apt install gnome-shell-extensions and restart your computer. As soon as it’s done restarting then type GNOME Shell. Hit Alt + F2, type “r”, and hit the Enter button.  Brownie points – To start the tweak application, go to show application in the left side of your browser. Types tweak in the search section and open the tweak tools. On the left panel of the tweak tool you’ll see the option for extension. Click on that one, and you’ll find a list of extensions with the enable/disable option intact.Click on the ones you need and customize accordingly.

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For installing Gnome extensions manually, first find the version of Gnome you are using. Once you find it enter the following –

lori@lori-Ubuntu:$ gnome –shell—version

Gnome shell 3.28.1

lori@lori- Ubuntu: $

Now, this is for grouping icons in the application tab. Once you’ve done downloading the shell version, select the extension version and then open Nautilus to extract given file and run the programme.

Well, there you go the entire set-up at your disposal. Now, configure Gnome extensions in peace!