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Install Gnome Tweak Tools on Ubuntu 20.04

The Gnome Tweak Tool is used in conjunction with the Gnome Shell and is there to modify its interface. In other words, it is used to modify the look and feel of your Ubuntu system. Therefore, in this article, we will explain to you the method of installing the Gnome Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 20.04.

Method of Installing Gnome Tweak Tools on Ubuntu 20.04:

For installing Gnome Tweak Tool in Ubuntu 20.04, you will need to perform the following steps:

1. Launch the terminal in Ubuntu 20.04 by clicking on the Activities tab located on your terminal and then typing terminal in the search bar that appears. Then click on the search result to launch the terminal window. Alternatively, you can even press Ctrl + T or right-click anywhere on your desktop and choose the Terminal option from the menu that pops up. The newly opened terminal window is shown in the image below:

2. Like always, it is highly recommended to update your system before installing any new tools or packages. In this way, you not only ensure a smooth installation of your new packages but also that your system is all set to run the latest updates. For doing that, you will need to type the following command in your terminal and then press the Enter key:

sudo apt-get update

This command is also shown in the following image:

3. Once your system has been successfully updated, the next thing that you need to check is whether the Universe repository is enabled on your system or not. For checking that, you will need to type the following command in your terminal and then press the Enter key:

sudo apt-add-repository universe

This command is shown in the image below:

4. If the Universe repository is already enabled on your system, then you will get a message like the one shown in the following image:

5. After receiving this message, we are all set to install the Gnome Tweak Tools on Ubuntu 20.04. For doing that, you will need to type the following command in your terminal and then press the Enter key:

sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

This command will take a sufficient amount of time to execute depending upon your Internet speed. It is also shown in the image below:

6. As soon as the installation process completes, type the following command in your terminal and then press the Enter key:

gnome-tweaks

Alternatively, you can also click on the Activities tab located on your desktop and then type tweak in the search bar that appears and click on the search result to open the Tweak Tool. This command is shown in the following image:

7. If the installation process has been completed successfully, then the Tweak Tool will appear on your screen, and it will look something like this:

8. By now, the installation of the Gnome Tweak Tool is done. However, you can also install additional extensions that are used with this tool to provide you with more customization options. For doing that, you will need to search for all the available extensions for the Gnome Tweak Tool. This can be done by typing the following command in your terminal and then pressing the Enter key:

apt search gnome-shell-extension

This command is also shown in the image below:

9. Once the execution of this command is completed, it will display a list of all the available extensions for the Gnome Tweak Tool on your terminal as shown in the following image:

10. Now when you know about all the extensions that can be used with this tool, you can either install a single extension according to your requirement, or you can even enable all the extensions at once. For enabling a single extension, you will need to type the following command in your terminal and then press the Enter key:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-EXTENSION_NAME

Here, replace EXTENSION_NAME with the name of that specific extension that you want to enable. In this example, I wanted to enable the weather extension. Therefore, I have replaced EXTENSION_NAME with the weather, as shown in the image below:

11. However, if you want to enable all the extensions at once, then you will need to type the following command in your terminal and then press the Enter key:

sudo apt install $(apt search gnome-shell-extension | grep ^gnome | cut –d / -f1)

This command will take some time to execute as it is responsible for enabling all the available extensions for the Gnome Tweak Tool. It is also shown in the following image:

Conclusion:

In this way, you can easily install the Gnome Tweak Tool along with its extensions on Ubuntu 20.04 and hence customize the interface of your Ubuntu system.

About the author

Karim Buzdar

Karim Buzdar

Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.