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How can I make the GNOME shell top bar translucent ("transparent")?

asked 2013-07-20 09:44:08 -0600

yannbane gravatar image

I want to make the GNOME shell top bar partially transparent, a.k.a. translucent, a.k.a. set an alpha.

How can it be done?

Basically I would just like to be able to see through it a bit, so the top part of my wallpaper is visible.

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answered 2013-07-21 13:26:31 -0600

Malek B. gravatar image

To get gnome-shell panel transparency, try this:

Edit the panel section in /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css to:

#panel {
color: #ffffff;
/*background-color: black;*/
background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.6);
/*border-image: url("panel-border.svg") 1;*/

where rgba(0,0,0,0.6) is the alpha channel.

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Please note that any changes to system files will be overwritten by updates and therefore an extension would be preferred.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-07-22 05:16:36 -0600 )edit

@FranciscoD_: really? On Debian, config files stay the same... I doubt Fedora changes them.

yannbane gravatar imageyannbane ( 2013-07-22 15:41:41 -0600 )edit

Files in /usr/share are not config files, they are read-only data files. Files in /etc are config files, and Fedora does not permit updates to modify them. Please read man hier or

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-07-22 23:55:45 -0600 )edit

Ah, I get it.

yannbane gravatar imageyannbane ( 2013-07-23 02:00:30 -0600 )edit

This is great! I am hoping this works in Fedora25 with Wayland. @FranciscoD_ can you link additional information about how to make this an extension?

dehvokahn gravatar imagedehvokahn ( 2017-02-14 17:55:27 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-07-21 22:01:09 -0600

hmaarrfk gravatar image

There is a neat extension I found a while ago that lets you do just that.

I use it because I like to show the "Fedora icon" instead of "Activities" on my desktop. Makes me happy to use Fedora, but it can also make the panel translucent.

Once you install it, refresh the page and select the setting button.

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Editing system files is a horrible idea - I cannot stress this enough. Using an extension to tweak this is much better.

neurox gravatar imageneurox ( 2014-03-13 02:47:30 -0600 )edit

This works even better than trying to edit the file! Note: be sure to "Allow" the extensions site in the link to check if Gnome is running. If you click Allow it will then give an on/off button, which makes this extension install very easy.

dehvokahn gravatar imagedehvokahn ( 2017-02-14 18:04:08 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-07-21 01:40:43 -0600

fundrinvy gravatar image

updated 2013-07-21 02:00:01 -0600

Do you edit the file /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css?

Open this file:

vim /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css

and then search the word "panel":


and you will find like this:

#panel {
         background-color: black;
               . . .

then changer the "background-color: black" to "background-color: rgba(0,0,0,x)", x is digit between 0 and 1, such as 0.4.

And then save it:


and restart the desktop environment(press Alt+F2, and then input the command r).

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