Install GNOME shell extensions on ubuntu 11.10 using PPA

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The GNOME Shell extension design is designed to give a high degree of power to the parts of the GNOME interface managed by the shell, such as window management and application launching. It simply loads arbitrary JavaScript and CSS. This gives developers a way to make many kinds of changes and share those changes with others, without having to patch the original source code and recompile it, and somehow distribute the patched code.

Install GNOME shell extensions on ubuntu 11.10

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/gnome3

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-common

Available Extensions


Window-based Alt-Tab switcher.

Windows are not grouped by application, nor by workspace
Thumbnails show window previews
Windows are sorted by time of focus

No configuration is needed, but you may need to log out and log back in after installation in order to see the behavior.

Install Alternate tab GNOME shell extension

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-alternate-tab


For those who want a power off item visible at all the time, replaces GNOME Shell status menu with one featuring separate Suspend and Power Off. Adds the ability to hibernate as well.

Install alternative-status-menu GNOME shell extension

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu


Easy management for workspaces:

Assign specific workspace for applications
Intermediate workspaces does not disappear if applications are closed



Epiphany and Evolution in desktop 1
Terminal in desktop 2
Empathy and Xchat in desktop 3

GSettings configuration:

$ gsettings set application-list "[‘epiphany.desktop:1′,'evolution.desktop:1′,'gnome-terminal.desktop:2′,'empathy.desktop:3′,'xchat.desktop:3′]"

Install auto move windows GNOME shell extension

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-auto-move-windows


Shows a dock-style task switcher on the right side of the screen.

Install dock GNOME shell extension

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-dock


Integration with Gajim, a Jabber/XMPP instant messaging client.

Install gajim GNOME shell extension

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-gajim


Loads a shell theme from ~/.themes//gnome-shell.

Install user theme GNOME shell extension

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme


Allow keyboard selection of windows and workspaces in overlay mode.

Install windows Navigator GNOME shell extension

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-windows-navigator


Replace the GTK+ based indicator from gnome-settings-daemon with a native one. Lets the user rotate the laptop monitor and open display preferences quickly.

Install xrandr indicator GNOME shell extension

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-xrandr-indicator


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6 Responses

  1. Sebastian says:

    Doesn’t work for me 🙁 Installed extensions change nothing here.

  2. Karl says:

    Doesn’t work for me too.

  3. On Ocelot i get following error in looking glass: “extension is not compatible with current GNOME Shell and/or GJS version”

  4. Sorry, forgot to say which extension: its gnome-shell-extensions-dock.

  5. buri says:

    Same here, doesn’t change a bit and it won’t show up in the Advanced-Settings-Tool as well.

    Tried alternate-tab (need that badly!).

    I also tried to clone the git-repository and built the extension from there, but that won’t show up either and I don’t know how to load it…

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