extensions.gnome.org: yesterday, today and tomorrow

During last 3 years extensions.gnome.org website was unmaintained, accumulated unresolved bugs and still used old unmaintained Django 1.4 framework.

Things are changed today, below you will find recent changes.

Django 1.8 LTS migration.

We had migrated codebase from Django 1.3 to 1.8 and website from Django 1.4 to 1.8 (big thanks to Andrea Veri for this).

Because migration was done “as is” new direct platform features are not used currently, however we can already benefit from internal indirect platform improvements. For more information about Django changes look to 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 and 1.8 release notes.

Site theme updated.

Site theme was synchronized with GNOME Grass wordpress theme and logo was updated to match other GNOME websites.

Look to the old…

… and new site header.

UI improvements.

With integration plugin or browser extension control buttons are now aligned to the right and “delete” button is stylized to match other buttons:

System extensions now have explicit mark and no “delete” button is shown for them:

If you have extensions installed that is missing from extensions.gnome.org then grayscale icon will be shown:

Also site layout is fixed for low resolution screens, screenshots are shown in lightbox now and description is aligned to title.


Some minor and more serious bugs were fixes and some patches were merged. I still continue to working on existing issues.

So, What is next?


In 2017 we should have GNOME Shell extensions repository to be translated to other languages. I plan to bring translations support to e.g.o. via GNOME Translation project.

For that goal it’s possible to reuse Damned-Lies translations support which is Django 1.8 powered website.

Improving help.

“About” page is outdated and should be rewriten. There is a lot of bugs where filled in Bugzilla asking to improve it.

Inline installation of GNOME Shell integration browser extension.

GNOME Shell integration for Chrome suports Chrome/Chromium, Firefox, Vivaldi and Opera browsers. However it should be manually installed from browser extensions store.

I plan to improve this by allowing inline extensions installation from extensions.gnome.org website.

User control panel.

Currently it’s not possible to do any user account related changes yourself.

Some user control panel will be created allowing to change username, email. View owned extensions and more.


To track this and future changes you can  follow Roadmap wiki page.

GNOME Shell integration for Chrome version 8 with Firefox support released

About GNOME Shell integration for Chrome

Browser extension for Google Chrome/Chromium, Firefox, Vivaldi, Opera (and other Browser Extension, Chrome Extension or WebExtensions capable browsers) and native host messaging connector that provides integration with GNOME Shell and the corresponding extensions repository https://extensions.gnome.org.


  • Added Mozilla Firefox support (Firefox addons site). Native host connector version 8 or newer required.
  • Added support for asynchronous browser API to extensions.gnome.org and switched chrome-gnome-shell to using such API. Review pages are works well now when browser extension is enabled.
  • Moved update check code to native connector to be able to get verbose error messages when update check is failed. Python Requests 2 required now.
  • Implemented notifications support in native connector. This will unify notifications for all supported browsers. As part of this change native connector rewritten as GApplication with DBus activation. DBus support is required now.

Updated translations

  • Czech (Marek Černocký)
  • Dutch (Hannie Dumoleyn)
  • French (Alexandre Franke)
  • Italian (Gianvito Cavasoli)
  • Polish (Piotr Drąg)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (Rafael Fontenelle)
  • Spanish (Daniel Mustieles)
  • Swedish (Anders Jonsson, Josef Andersson)
  • Turkish (Muhammet Kara)

Known issues

  • Native host connector is not working in Google Chrome and Opera when installed via Debian Stretch or Sid repositories. To know “why?” look
    here, here and here. For a workaround look here.
  • Web extension is broken on FreeBSD because of bug 212925.


FTP: https://download.gnome.org/sources/chrome-gnome-shell/8/chrome-gnome-shell-8.tar.xz
Installation Guidehttps://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/GnomeShellIntegrationForChrome/Installation
Chrome Storehttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gnome-shell-integration/gphhapmejobijbbhgpjhcjognlahblep
Firefox Addonshttps://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/gnome-shell-integration/
Opera Addons: https://addons.opera.com/extensions/details/gnome-shell-integration/

How to install GNOME Shell extensions with Firefox 52?

As many of you may know already Mozilla is dropping NPAPI support from Firefox. This change was announced more than an year ago and finally all NPAPI plugins except Adobe Flash are banned in nightly Firefox builds.

Firefox 52 will be first version with GNOME Shell integration NPAPI plugin hard disabled.

For those who still want to use Firefox for managing GNOME Shell extensions there is NPAPI plugin replacement ready: GNOME Shell integration for Chrome (chrome-gnome-shell).

You should not be confused by it’s name because chrome-gnome-shell supports all major browsers: Google Chrome/Chromium, Vivaldi, Opera and Firefox.

The words “for Chrome” in project’s name means “for Chrome extensions capable browsers” and recent versions of Firefox supports own implementation of “Chrome extensions API“: WebExtensions.

Currently, Firefox supported only in git master branch of chrome-gnome-shell, however first chrome-gnome-shell’s release with Firefox support will be published on Jan 4, 2017 and will have version 8.

Unlike NPAPI plugin chrome-gnome-shell consists of 2 parts: browser extension and helper application written in Python: native host messaging connector.

Firefox extension can be installed from addons.mozilla.org.
As for native host connector – it should be installed separately, preferably using your distro’s package manager. Currently, packages are prepared for Arch, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Ubuntu. Packages with Firefox support will be available shortly after Jan 4, 2017.

Have problems with or questions about chrome-gnome-shell? Look to the chrome-gnome-shell’s wiki page.
Feel free to ping me on irc (my nickname is nE0sIghT on GIMPNet) or fill new ticket at Github or at bugzilla.gnome.org.



GNOME Shell integration for Chrome version 8 with Firefox support released