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GNOME Shell provides core user interface functions for the GNOME desktop, like switching to windows and launching applications. GNOME Shell takes advantage of the capabilities of modern graphics hardware and introduces innovative user interface concepts to provide a visually attractive and easy to use experience.

For more information about GNOME Shell, including instructions on how to build GNOME Shell from source and how to get involved with the project, see the project wiki.

Bugs should be reported to the GNOME bug tracking system. Please refer to the Schedule wiki page to see the supported versions.


To contribute, open merge requests at

Commit messages should follow the GNOME commit message guidelines. We require an URL to either an issue or a merge request in each commit.

Default branch

The default development branch is

. If you still have a local checkout under the old name, use:
git checkout master
git branch -m master main
git fetch
git branch --unset-upstream
git branch -u origin/main
git symbolic-ref refs/remotes/origin/HEAD refs/remotes/origin/main


GNOME Shell is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later. See the COPYING file for details.

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