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hardpixel / unite-shell

Unite is an extension that makes GNOME Shell look like Ubuntu Unity Shell.

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Unite Shell

Unite is a GNOME Shell extension which makes a few layout tweaks to the top panel and removes window decorations to make it look like Ubuntu Unity Shell.

  • Adds window buttons to the top panel for maximized windows.
  • Shows current window title in the app menu for maximized windows.
  • Removes titlebars on maximized windows.
  • Hides window controls on maximized windows with headerbars.
  • Moves the date to the right, fixes icons spacing and removes dropdown arrows.
  • Moves legacy tray icons to the top panel.
  • Moves notifications to the right.
  • Hides activities button.
  • Adds desktop name to the top panel.


Unite running with the default options.


Settings window available in gnome-tweaks.



Since version

applications on wayland with client side decorations are supported using CSS.


Make sure you have installed

  • Debian/Ubuntu:
    apt install x11-utils
  • Fedora/RHEL:
    dnf install xorg-x11-utils
  • Arch:
    pacman -S xorg-xprop

Then, download the latest release and extract it into

. To get the complete Ubuntu Unity layout, you can combine it with Dash to Dock extension.

Gnome Shell Extensions

The easiest way to install this extension is via the official Gnome Shell Extensions resource page here.


Arch Linux: AUR package


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at https://github.com/hardpixel/unite-shell.


Unite Shell is available as open source under the terms of the GPLv3


This extension is inspired from Pixel Saver, TopIcons Plus, Extend Left Box.

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