Fedora

Installing GNOME Shell extensions using the Fedora package manager

For reasons that I’ll reserve for another article, the GNOME desktop environment is my least favorite, and one that I haven’t used for more than a few hours in years.

And when I used to use it, installing shell extensions to make the desktop look and function like a desktop took much of my time. Installing extensions, at that time, was via https://extensions.gnome.org.

Now that has changed, because extensions now have packages that can be installed using the package manager. Not sure if that’s true on other distributions, but that’s how it is now on Fedora, where dnf, the distributions package manager, can be used to install shell extensions, besides being able to do so using the traditional sources.

A search for gnome-shell-extensions on an installation of Fedora 25 returned the following:

Except for gnome-shell-extension-openweather and a couple more, I think I’ve used most of those returned in the search results. I thought gnome-shell-extension-openweather would be interesting, so I installed it using the following command:

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When installed using the package manager it is said that one needs to log out and then log back in to load the extension. However, that didn’t work for me. The installation is in a virtual environment, but that shouldn’t matter. Each login attempt saw me back at the login screen. I had to restart the VM before I could log in again.

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So take note: After installing gnome-shell-extension-openweather, you need to restart the machine before you can log in and start using the extension. If you experience a different behavior, post a comment.

Here’s a screenshot of the Fedora 25 desktop showing the extension on the topbar. No, I’m not in Vaiaku, Tuvalu. That’s just the default location of the extension.

OpenWeather GNOME Shell extension
Figure 1: OpenWeather GNOME Shell extension on Fedora 25 GNOME 3

Here’s another showing three additional locations. No, thankfully I’m not in Moscow, Russia, either.

Openweather GNOME Shell extension
Figure 2: Openweather GNOME Shell extension with multiple locations on Fedora 25 GNOME 3

Note that before the extension will appear on the topbar, you first have to turn it on from the GNOME Tweak Tool.

GNOME Tweak Tool
Figure 3: GNOME Tweak Tool on Fedora 25

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