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asked 2016-07-02 07:48:03 -0500

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I'm wondering where Gnome Extensions are actually stored on the system. An extension that I like very much is not currently available for Gnome 3.20; but I have it running on another distro with Gnome 3.16. Can I just locate the binary or config file on the other system and copy it to the corresponding folder in Fedora?

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answered 2016-07-02 07:56:04 -0500

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System-wide extensions installed from the Fedora repos (dnf list gnome-shell-extension\*):


User installed extensions:


You can try manually editing the extension's metadata.json file and add 3.20 to the list of supported versions.

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answered 2016-07-02 08:56:08 -0500

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If you are asking about extensions installed locally, they are here:


System-wide extensions are installed here:



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answered 2016-07-02 11:27:01 -0500

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Thanks very much for the very useful info. I grabbed the whole folder for "Show Public IP," and placed it in ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/

I did edit the metadata.json file so that it now looks like this:

  "_generated": "Generated by SweetTooth, do not edit", 
  "description": "Displays information about your public IP address (hostname, country, AS block etc) and a map image of the IP's geolocation", 
  "name": "Public IP Address", 
  "settings-schema": "", 
  "shell-version": [
    "3.20", #This is the line I added#
  "url": "", 
  "uuid": "", 
  "version": 5

I logged out and back in again; and the extension didn't launch. Then I checked gnome-tweak-tool > extensions; and it didn't show up. Is there some other mechanism preventing this extension from being recognized?

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Hm. I don't think there should be a comma after the last element ("3.20") and try removing your comment.

devhen gravatar imagedevhen ( 2016-07-02 13:54:23 -0500 )edit

Yes, that comment is not valid for javascript (or json), so will break the parser.

I think the comma is ok though.

You said you grabbed the whole folder. Which folder and from where? The easiest way to install it and keep it up to date is to go to the extensions folder and do git clone Then edit the metadata file.

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2016-07-28 14:26:28 -0500 )edit

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