Fri Jun 15 2018

Most useful Gnome shell extensions

Gnome shell extensions

Gnome Shell Extensions are the best and useful tool to customize your Gnome Desktop. It enhances the beauty of your Linux Desktop with some attractive extension. There are a lot of extensions available in the Gnome shell extension repository. Each extension has awesome features that will make your system more useful and productive. Obviously, finding good extensions could be a daunting and time consuming task. That’s why, we, in this article, are going to enlist the best GNOME extensions to save your more precious time.

So, let’s look at the list -

Dash to Dock

Dash to Dock is a fantastic Gnome Shell extension which will provide highly configurable dock. You can easily place any application on this Dock. It will also offer you to switch the application faster.

Dynamic Top Bar

Everybody wants to customize their top bar on Gnome Desktop. There are a few tools which will provide this features. But you can easily do it with an awesome Gnome shell extension. This is known as Dynamic Top Bar. You can make your top bar transparent and more customized with it unless you will maximize the application window.

Gnome Menu

Gno-Menu extension adds a traditional Menu button for a fast and organized navigation between your installed applications.

ToDo List

Simple ToDo list. Great for people who like to tick their daily progress and stay focused on the tasks ahead without the overhead of other complex ToDo list alternatives.

Pomodoro Timer

Pomodoro Timer will provide some great features which will be very helpful if you’re a staunch user. This extension is very effective to divide your times into block and also tell you to take some break while doing any task.

Appfolders Management

This extension gives the user an easy way to organize their applications into various folders with a simple right click > add to the folder. Creating folders and adding applications to them is not only simple through this extension, but it feels so natively implemented that you will wonder why this isn’t built into the default GNOME experience.

Clipboard Indicator

This extension simply integrates a clipboard manager with the Gnome Shell which caches clipboard history allowing you to select from and paste up to 50 entries.

Drop Down Terminal

Improve your terminal experience by installing this fantastic extension which allows you to toggle a drop-down terminal with a keyboard shortcut. This one is you must have!

Dash to Panel

For those who want a traditional desktop paradigm in GNOME Shell, this extension is a must-have. It combines the top bar and the dash into a single panel, similar to what you have in KDE Plasma and Cinnamon, and allows you to customise its position (top or bottom), size, behaviour, and appearance.


Touchpad Indicator allows you to disable your trackpad, touchscreen (if you have one) or a pen device from the top bar. This is useful when you have a mouse plugged in and do not want other pointing devices to be active.


By default, GNOME Shell can tile your windows to the right or left of your screen. If you want more than that, you should get this extension. It groups your windows and tiles them in the layout of your choice.

Open Weather

Open Weather is a very useful and convenient tool for viewing the weather information of any location. It is accessible from the top bar and displays forecast information for the current day as well as the next two days by default. You can save as many cities as you want and change the number of days you’d like to see in the forecast section (up to ten days).

Coverflow Alt-Tab

Although this extension may only seem to play on your aesthetic taste, it actually does make for a much more efficient means of scrolling through your open windows. If you press Alt+Tab, the extension will display open windows in a cover-flow style.


Redshift is really much more than a simple shell extension, it's a tool to let you adjust the color temperature of your screen according to the time of day. It helps you to avoid eye strain and that inevitable feeling like you've turned into a zombie from staring at a screen for too long.

TopIcons Plus

TopIcons Plus take the icons from the legacy tray to the top right corner of your screen, giving you back more screen real estate and grouping icons for applications that insist on using them in a much more logical place.

User Themes

You can personalize Gnome and enjoy an experience that suits your style by installing shell themes. The User Themes extension will enable you to get custom Gnome themes from Gnome-Look.


You can keep your computer “awake” with the help of this extension. It prevents the computer from going into sleep mode automatically.


With this option, you can record screencasts of your Gnome desktop or from a specific window or area on the screen. It also allows you to record audio.

Native Window Placement

The Native Window Placement extension effectively improves on the layout of open windows in the overview mode so that open windows are compact, and space is used more appropriately.  If you love using overview mode to browse for open windows on Gnome Shell but hate the default layouts of windows, this extension is a great addition.


After installing this, you can make the animations quicker in Gnome. I use this and have set the animation speed to 0.5. You can adjust it in the tweak tool or click the settings icon on the extension page. You can also disable the animations on tweak tool, but not adjust their speed like with this extension.


A great extension for heat monitoring. Shows CPU temperature, disk temperature, video card temperature (NVIDIA/Catalyst/Bumblebee NVIDIA), voltage and fan RPM.

Refresh WiFi Connections

Well, this is something that we all might need some time. I have no idea why this is not built-in Gnome, it should. It’s probably waste of time to explain what that plugin does.



Lastly says, Gnome Shell extensions are actually quite brilliant, and very useful. You can customize your Gnome desktop and make it unique by adding, removing, or modifying features. If we missed out any of your favourite Gnome Shell extension, tell us about it in the comments, it will very helpful for Gnome users. Thank you!

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