GNOME Extensions

36 Excellent GNOME Desktop Extensions (Updated 2022)

Last Updated on June 12, 2023

33. Burn My Windows

This extension is rather splendid eye-candy. There are lots of effects to choose from. We particularly like the T-Rex Attack and Matrix animations. For each class, there are tons of options to make your own truly personal animation for both the opening window animation and closing window animation.

If you want more eye candy, dip into our Linux Candy series.

Website: extensions.gnome.org/extension/4679/burn-my-windows


34. Coverflow Alt-Tab

Coverflow-Alt-Tab

This extension replaces the output of Alt-Tab. You traverse through windows in a cover-flow way.

This extension just adds a garnish of aesthetic beauty to your desktop.

Website: github.com/dmo60/CoverflowAltTab


35. Material Shell

This extension may be an acquired taste. It aims to provide a modern desktop interface packaged as an extension.

It provides a spatial model and an interface that gives an at-a-glance of this model state. There is also a tiling engine which automatically arranges the application windows in a predictable and non-overlapping way. There’s hotkeys support and support for retrieving your preferred layout and window organization.

Watch the project’s video.

Website: material-shell.com


36. Colosseum

GNOME Extensions: ColosseumThis extension is for the sports fans among you. It lets you view live scores for your favourite sports teams.

The extension supports the major European football tournaments including the English Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League.

American sports fans are catered for too with live scores for games from the MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL.

Website: github.com/sereneblue/gnome-shell-extension-colosseum


Naturally, there are lots of other extensions available which may meet your specific needs.

If you prefer the KDE Plasma 5 desktop, check out these 33 excellent widgets.

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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