How to install google gadgets in Ubuntu 9.04(Jaunty)

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Google Gadgets for Linux provides a platform for running desktop gadgets under Linux, catering to the unique needs of Linux users. We are compatible with the gadgets written for Google Desktop for Windows as well as the Universal Gadgets on iGoogle. Following Linux norms, this project will be open-sourced, under the Apache License.

The Windows and Mac versions of Google Desktop has provided gadget hosting functionality on Windows and Mac for a while now and the Linux version of Google Gadgets will extend this platform to Linux users. By enabling cross-platform gadgets, a large library of existing gadgets are immediately available to Linux users. In addition, gadget developers will benefit from a much larger potential user base without having to learn a new API.

There’s two main components to the application: one is a common gadget library responsible for running and presenting a gadget, and the other is a host program that allows the user to choose gadgets and run them on the desktop. Currently we have hosts written for GTK+ and QT, with the GTK+ host offering a sidebar similiar to that of Google Desktop for Windows.

Install Google Gadgets in ubuntu 9.04

If you want to install google gadgets use the following command

sudo apt-get install google-gadgets-gtk

This will install the following packages

google-gadgets-common google-gadgets-gst google-gadgets-gtk google-gadgets-xul libggadget-1.0-0 libggadget-gtk-1.0-0

Using Google Gadgets

You can open Google gadgets go to Applications--->Internet--->Google Gadgets (GTK)

Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen

Now you need to right click on google gadgets icon in notification area click on "Add Gadgets..."

Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen here you need to select your gadget and click on add

You might see similar to the following screen for some gadgets click on Yes

After adding some gadgets here is sample screenshot

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16 Responses

  1. Ken Horst says:

    Recently installed 9.04 and would get error messages when trying to play DVD’s…

    Any ideas for solutions ?

  2. Di@bl@l says:

    Try to install a package called libdvdccs2 or somethg like that.

  3. Di@bl@l says:

    Try to install a package called libdvdccs2 or somethg like that.
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

  4. Dim says:

    I know, this site is called “Ubuntu Geek” but why always use command line? Google Gadgets is available via Add/Remove as a simple checkbox and “Apply” button. Also you could use AptUrl, for example,

    To install Google Gadgets click this link

    Why always make simple things complex (at least make the look complicated for newbies)?

  5. Dan Dare says:

    Comprehensive Multimedia & Video Howto:

  6. Ross Perkins says:

    I noticed in your final screenshot that the battery meter shows 0 charge. I added that gadget and found out that it works the same on my laptop–it never displays the charge and just sits at zero. Any ideas how to get the gadget to be able to sense my battery charge?

  7. JJMacey says:

    Hi All,

    I’ve added these widgets – now how to add them so they launch automatically on boot.

    Cool posting.

    Phoenix, Arizona

  8. Dim says:

    @JJMacey: open System->Preferences->Startup Applications and drag-and-drop Google Gadgets from Applications menu to the dialog.

    Those who don’t look for easy ways to do things would probably advice editing some files in this case.

  9. JJMacey says:


    Thanks – that worked. I’ve just switched back to Ubuntu from openSuSE and gDesklets didn’t seem to work.

    I like a certain amount of eye-candy on the desktop.

  10. W B Somp says:


    I run Debian Lenny. Though most of your posting work for me, this one doesn’t. Is there a


  11. admin says:

    Try which is nice debian tutorials

  12. Seth says:

    It would appear that the linux version of gadgets lacks the functionality of the ‘doze version.

    On windows, there’s an option to “Configure gadgets…” (just below “Add gadgets…”), which you’re supposed to be able to use to sync gadget data across computers through your gmail account.

    I.e., your Scratch Pad would be updated on your various machines.

    And speaking of scratch pad, I don’t see it in the linux version. Weird.

    Too bad, as that’d be a pretty useful function. Anyone have any ideas?

  13. Atomant says:

    I followed your guide and was able to successfully install google-gadgets. Thanks! Only problem though is that there are only four gadgets available. How and where do I get more gadgets?
    Thanks in advance!

  14. Ross says:

    How to make a desktop shortcut of Google Doc Gadgets?

  15. Mensoft says:


    In my laptop also Battery meeter want work ? even in system monitor gajet , laptop Battery , Battery meter . All it shows same 0 all the times. any Ida how to make it correct ?

  16. Tim says:

    hey nice man, this is the only ne that i found that give me the sidebar :p

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