GNOME Extensions

36 Excellent GNOME Desktop Extensions (Updated 2022)

Last Updated on June 12, 2023

21. Places Status Indicator

Places-Status-Indicator

Places Status Indicator is a frequently recommended extension among GNOME users, and with good reason. It’s a productivity boon, and you don’t want to miss this one.

This extension adds a menu for quickly navigating places in the system including network shares without opening a file manager. You get a quick drop-down indicator presenting you with immediate access to various mount points on the system.

It helps save time accessing Home, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos folders, as well as hard disks, and your network shares.

This extension is part of Classic Mode and is officially supported by GNOME.

Website: gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-shell-extensions


22. Time ++

Time ++

Time ++ is a bit of a jack in the box. It crams a lot of functionality into a single extension. There’s a todo.txt manager, time tracker, timer, stopwatch, pomodoro, and alarm clock.

This extension has a fullscreen interface, which can be used to control a corresponding section as well as replace regular notifications.

Features of the todo.txt manager include:

  • Kanban boards.
  • Fuzzy task searching.
  • Filtering by context, project, priority, custom fuzzy filters…
  • Toggling a filter on/off.
  • Support for multiple todo files and corresponding done files and csv directories.
  • Compound sorting by priority, due date, completion date, creation date, etc…
  • Fuzzy autocompletion for contexts and projects when inline editing a task.
  • Auto-updating when the todo.txt file changes.
  • Deleting all completed tasks and optionally storing them into a done.txt file.
  • Switching between different views via keyboard shortcuts.

Website: github.com/zagortenay333/timepp__gnome


23. Just Perfection

GNOME Extensions: Just Perfection
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This extension lets you really tinker with your GNOME desktop.

The first thing to do is turn off the Preferences Info as it takes up a lot of screen estate. We are showing the Preferences Info (the image) in the screenshot.

There are pre-defined profiles as well as the ability to make your own customized profile.

There are so many different tweaks you can apply to get your GNOME desktop honed to perfection. Hence the name of this extension.

The extension’s interface is displayed as one huge vertical list. There’s definitely room to improve the layout of the options. But the clunky layout is not a massive inconvenience.

Website: gitlab.gnome.org/jrahmatzadeh/just-perfection


24. Top Panel Workspace Scroll

Top Panel Workspace Scroll

Top Panel Workspace Scroll lets you change workspaces by scrolling while over the top panel in Gnome Shell.

Website: github.com/timbertson/gnome-shell-scroll-workspaces


Next page: Page 7 – Impatience, System monitor, Frippery Panel Favorites, Removable Drive Menu

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Dash to Dock, Arc Menu, Section Todo List, OpenWeather
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
Page 7 – Impatience, System monitor, Frippery Panel Favorites, Removable Drive Menu
Page 8 – No overview at start-up, Extension List, Caffeine, BlurMyShell
Page 9 – Burn My Windows, Coverflow Alt-Tab, Material Shell, Colosseum

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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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