GNOME Shell Extensions and Chromium

Ritesh Raj Sarraf's picture

Most GNOME users may be using one or more extensions for the GNOME Shell.  These extensions allow extending functionality for the shell, or modify default behavior, to suit the taste of many users, who may want more than the default. Having flexibility to customize the desktop to ones personal need is a great feature, and the extensions help achieve them.

The GNOME Shell Extensions distribution mechanism is primarily through the web. I think they aspire to achieve something similar to Chrome's Web Store. Up till recently, the ability to install those Shell Extensions was a) Through your distribution channel, where your distribution may have packaged some of the extensions. b) Through the Firefox web browser. GNOME Shell Extensions installation from the web, to most of what I'm aware of, until recently, only worked with Firefox browser.

With the chrome-gnome-shell package, which is now available in Debian, Debian GNOME users should be able to use the Chromium browser for managing their GNOME Shell Extensions.

  1. Install package chrome-gnome-shell
  2. Open Chromium Browser and go to Web Store
  3. Install Chrome Shell Integration extension for Chromium
    1. .
  4. Point your browser to: https://extensions.gnome.org/local

 

In future releases, the plan is to automate the installation of the browser extension (step 3), when the package is installed. This feature is Chromium specific and will be achieved using a system-wide chromium browser policy, which can be set/overridden by an administrator.

 

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