Extension Manager: Search And Install GNOME Shell Extensions Without Using A Web Browser

Extension Manager is a new, unofficial application to browse and install GNOME Shell extensions from your desktop, without having to use a web browser. 

Besides allowing users to search and install extensions from extensions.gnome.org, the tool can also enable or disable extensions (and display a list of installed extensions), access the extension settings, and uninstall extensions.

The application is very new, having its first (0.1.0) release only a couple of days ago, so it's still lacking in features.

Extension Manager does not currently support updating extensions or translations. Also, only the first 10 results are displayed when performing a search, and there's no option to sort the search results (e.g. by popularity, recency, etc., like on the GNOME Extensions website). Extension screenshots and comments are also not available right now.

However, even with these missing features, Extensions Manager solves the issue of having to install a browser extension and connector, and use a supported web browser to install GNOME Shell extensions. For example, using Chromium or Firefox installed from Flathub or the Snap Store can't be used to install GNOME Shell extensions from the official website as far as I know.


How to install Extension Manager for GNOME Shell


Arch Linux / Manjaro users can install Extension Manager from AUR.

[[Edit]] The tool is now available on Flathub, so it can be easily installed on most Linux distributions. If you haven't installed Flatpak and added the Flathub repository already, see the instructions from this page.

Previously, you had to manually install the .flatpak package from its GitHub downloads page (and add the gnome-nightly Flatpak repository) – those instructions have now been removed.