How to install Gnome Shell Extensions on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux Desktop

The functionalities of the GNOME desktop environment can be expanded by downloading GNOME shell extensions. These are plugins written and submitted by normal users and developers that seek to improve the desktop environment and want to share their extension with other users.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Gnome Shell Extensions on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Desktop.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install Ubuntu gnome extensions
  • How to install Gnome shell add-on integration with Firefox browser
  • How to install Gnome shell host connector
  • How to enable Gnome extensions
Gnome Shell Extensions on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux
Gnome Shell Extensions on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux
Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish
Software GNOME desktop environment, GNOME shell extensions
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # – 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

Install Gnome Shell Extensions on Ubuntu 22.04 step by step instructions



  1. First we will be installing extra in-house Ubuntu extensions for Ubuntu 22.04 desktop. To do so open a command line terminal and execute the following commands:
    $ sudo apt update
    $ sudo apt install gnome-shell-extensions
    
  2. Re-login from your Ubuntu desktop in order for the new software to have an effect.

    Log out and back in
    Log out and back in
  3. Open up newly installed Extensions application and enable any desired Gnome extensions.

    Navigate to extensions and enable extensions by flipping the relevant switch.
    Navigate to extensions and enable extensions by flipping the relevant switch.
  4. To install other extensions via Gnome extensions first we need to install GNOME Shell integration add-on. Open up our Firefox browser and navigate to GNOME Shell integration add-on for Firefox page. Once ready click on Add to Firefox
    Install the GNOME Shell integration add-on for Firefox
    Install the GNOME Shell integration add-on for Firefox
    Google Chrome or Chromium Browser?
    For Google Chrome or Chromium browser please install the following GNOME Shell integration add-on.
  5. Before we can install any additional extensions we first need to configure Gnome shell host connector. To do so execute the following Linux command:
    $ sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell
    

    Failing this step will result in Although GNOME Shell integration extension is running, native host connector is not detected. Refer documentation for instructions about installing connector error message.

  6. Now we are ready to install GNOME Shell extensions. Open you Firefox browser and click on the GNOME extension icon.
    Click on the icon in order to go to the GNOME extensions catalogue
    Click on the icon in order to go to the GNOME extensions catalogue



  7. Search for and select an extension you wish to install.

    Select an extension you wish to install
    Select an extension you wish to install
  8. Flip the provided switch to install the desired extension.

    Flip the provided switch to install the desired extension
    Flip the provided switch to install the desired extension

After this step you should see the extension on your desktop enabled and ready for configuration.

Closing Thoughts




In this tutorial, we saw how to install the GNOME extensions tool and then install user submitted plugins from the GNOME extensions website. GNOME extensions are a very handy way to extend the functionality of your Ubuntu 22.04 desktop.