An Easy Way to Make Chrome And Chromium Browsers Get Extentions Via The GNOME Shell

Gnome Desktop environment comes with its own graphical shell that is called the GNOME shell. By default, users can install the GNOME Shell extensions from the — which is an online repository of the GNOME software — with their Firefox or Epiphany browsers.

The same cannot be said for those using Google’s Chrome web browser or Chromium  at the moment because there is no default way of using the same method to install extensions. This might be an inconvenience, especially for those that don’t like the idea of switching to another browser.


There is, however,  now an easy way of installing GNOME Shell extensions with Google’s Chrome browser. This is made possible with the help of a Chrome extension in addition to a native connector that allows for integration with GNOME Shell and its extension repository —


There is a package called the “chrome-gnome-shell” which the aforementioned extension that comes with the chrome or Chromium browsers and it also includes the native GS-Chrome connector that we previously mentioned.

For those using Ubuntu, the said extension can be found as a package in the PPA which is downloaded and installed automatically while installing the Chromium or Chrome browsers but if there a situation where you need to download and install it manually, you can do so by using this commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ne0sight/chrome-gnome-shell
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chrome-gnome-shell

After installation is complete, restart your browser either Chrome or Chromium and you should be able to add extensions from the through the GNOME Shell.

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Lamin Kanteh
Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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