GNOME Extensions

36 Excellent GNOME Desktop Extensions (Updated 2022)

Last Updated on June 12, 2023

13. Stocks-Extension

GNOME Extension: Stocks-Extension
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As the name suggests this extension lets you display and watch stock quotes.

Just add the stocks with their respective symbols. Data is sourced from Yahoo! Finance. Besides the summary view, you can display charting information as shown in the image. Choose the period to display ranging from intra-day up to 5 years.

You can show off-market prices in the ticker. This functionality is enabled by default.

The extension appears to have a bug; the settings wheel from the dropdown doesn’t work. Without access to settings you can’t add and delete stocks. But it’s not really a big issue, as the workaround is to use the Settings function from the GNOME extension website or use the Extensions extension (that’s number 30 in this roundup).

Website: github.com/cinatic/stocks-extensione


14. Timezone

Timezone

Timezone is an extension designed for remote teams by making it easier to see where and when their coworkers are. It’s a really useful extension for anyone who participates in a group.

The extension reads a people.json text file where you specify the location of the members. It checks your home directory for this file, but you can specify a remote address too.

It takes a few minutes to set up the json file, but once done, you’ll fall in love with this extension.

There’s the option to configure working hours. When one of your group is outside the working hours, their time is shown in red text. Disturb them at your peril, unless they’re night owls!

Website: github.com/jwendell/gnome-shell-extension-timezone


15. Desktop Icons NG

GNOME Extensions: Desktop Icons NG

Desktop Icons NG is a fork of the official ‘Desktop Icon’s extension. It offers additional benefits including:

  • Drag’n’Drop, both inside the desktop, between desktop and applications, and nautilus windows.
  • Allows to use “Open with…” option with several files.
  • When hovering or clicking on an icon with a name too large to fit, it shows the full name.
  • Doesn’t hang the compositor when there is too much activity in the desktop folder.

Website: gitlab.com/rastersoft/desktop-icons-ng


16. GSConnect

GSConnect
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Do you want to integrate your Android phone with your Linux desktop? Or to enable all your devices to communicate with each other? GSConnect is a good solution.

GSConnect is a complete implementation of KDE Connect especially for GNOME Shell with Nautilus, Chrome and Firefox integration.

KDE Connect allows devices to securely share content like notifications or files and other features like SMS messaging and remote control.

GSconnect is a totally independent extension, and therefore does not rely on the KDE Connect desktop application. It’s true that GNOME and KDE don’t necessarily work well together on the same user account. This applies to GSConnect. Don’t install KDE Connect if you want to use this GNOME extension.

There’s also extended keyboard support.

Website: github.com/andyholmes/gnome-shell-extension-gsconnect/wiki


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Page 2 – Internet Radio, Window-List, Custom Home Corners, Mpris Indicator Button
Page 3 – Vitals, Screenshot Tool, Net speed Simplified, Clipboard Indicator
Page 4 – Stocks-Extension, Timezone, Desktop Icons NG, GSConnect
Page 5 – Recent Items, you2ber, ddterm, Auto Move Windows
Page 6 – Places Status Indicator, Time ++, Just Perfection, Top Panel Workspace Scroll
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Trent Calder
Trent Calder
4 years ago

There’s quite a few here which are undiscovered gems.

Sascha
Sascha
2 years ago

Burn My Windows should be much higher. It really adds sparkle to the drab default GNOME desktop

Cap
Cap
2 years ago
Reply to  Sascha

drab?

InnocentBystander
InnocentBystander
2 years ago

With those extensions, Gnome will gain as much flexibility as KDE. Is this the design intention?

TH
TH
2 years ago

GNOME extensions add additional functionality and are very useful particularly as the focus on GNOME is to make the desktop as easy to use as possible and so some features the community liked were removed

Neil
Neil
2 years ago

My issue with extensions is that so many are abandoned. This isn’t because the project code is too hard to maintain to remain compatible with newer releases of GNOME. I speculate it’s because many of the extensions’ authors are fairly new to programming. Writing an extension is a good introduction to learning how to program. Its just these developers move on to more substantial projects.

Smaug
Smaug
2 years ago
Reply to  Neil

I would love to see a group of developers take on abandoned extensions that were really popular. Too many times all the source code is effectively junked and someone new comes along, reinvents the wheel but the outcome is worse than the original.

Pep
Pep
2 years ago

Some people contend the simplification of GNOME was done for a target audience that doesn’t actually exist. My opinion was that many of the changes were motivated because the code base was in bad shape. It’s much easier to maintain and improve a software project if you reduce its complexity. Removing features is a start.

Saeed
Saeed
2 years ago

Burn My Windows is a super cool extension.

Rick
Rick
8 months ago

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