Sometimes the included default settings are not enough to get certain things done quickly or even impossible to do in certain cases. GNOME shell extensions when enabled come in handy to improve productivity, to enhance the user experience, and to install themes.
What are GNOME Shell extensions?
GNOME shell extensions are tiny add-ons that can add or tweak the system settings including desktop user-interface and appearance. This includes the ability to install desktop themes.
Technically, these extensions modify GNOME Shell either by adding functionality or modifying core functionality. GNOME shell extensions are developed by the third-party developers but some good ones do land into the official GNOME desktop environment. A dedicated website “GNOME extensions” hosts all the GNOME extensions.
How to install a GNOME shell extension in Fedora?
You need to first do a couple of things in order to enable the GNOME shell extension. Firstly, you need to either install Firefox or chromium browser. You can install any of these browsers simply by visiting the Fedora software store.
Next, you need to enable the shell extensions.
Enable Browser Shell extensions
Go to the below link using Firefox or Chromium browser.
Click “Click here to install browser extension” and click “Allow”.
Your Fedora system is now ready to install the extensions. Go ahead and install an extension which you like. For example, I installed “Shutdown Timer” extension for illustration. Installing an extension is as simple as going turning on the slider to “ON” followed by “Install”.
Next optional step is to install the GNOME Tweak Tool. This is essential in order to configure the installed extensions.
Installing GNOME Tweak Tool
Step 1) Launch the Terminal.
Step 2) Enter the following command and press enter.
sudo dnf install gnome-tweak-tool
Go ahead and enter the root password when prompted. If GNOME tweaks are already installed you should see the message.
Step 3) After installation is complete, go ahead and check it in the “Activities” menu. It should get registered as “Tweaks”.
Step 4) Click “Extensions” tab. This is where all the extensions you installed as well as officially included in GNOME gets listed. Click on the gear icon to configure the extension settings.
That’s it! Enjoy the world of GNOME extensions.