How to install Gnome Shell Extensions on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux


The objective is to install Gnome Shell Extensions on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux. The following page lists top 10 Best Gnome desktop extensions for Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux.

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: – Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux


Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.


  • # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Other Versions of this Tutorial

Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)


Install extensions from Ubuntu repository

Ubuntu 18.04 release comes with some extensions as part of its package repository. These extensions can be installed by execution of the following linux command:

$ sudo apt install gnome-shell-extensions
enable extensions on ubuntu 18.04

Once installed, re-login to your Ubuntu system and use Tweak Tool to enable any desired extensions.

Install extensions from

Install Firefox Add-on

 firefox addons page

Open up your Firefox Browser and visit firefox addons page for gnome shell integration. Once ready, click + Add to Firefox.

add GNOME shell integration

Hit Add to add GNOME shell integration.

Install Host Connector

The next step is to install Gnome shell host connector. Open up terminal and enter:

$ sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

Failing to install host connector will result in error message:

Although GNOME Shell integration extension is running, native host connector is not detected. Refer documentation for instructions about installing connector.

Install Gnome Extensions

All should be ready to install gnome extensions. Navigate your Firefox browser to and simply search for Gnome extensions you wish to install. Flip the ON switch to install the extension.

confirm the gnome extension installation

Install extension by clicking on the ON switch. Click Install to confirm the gnome extension installation.

extension installed on Ubuntu 18.04

Once installed the extension should appear on your Ubuntu 18.04 Gnome desktop.