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Gnome shell ping monitor extension

Ping Monitor

Ping Monitor Preference



This extension requires GNOME Shell v3.4 or later.

Before installing this extension, ensure you have the necessary system packages installed:

  • On Ubuntu:

    $ sudo apt-get install gir1.2-gtop-2.0 gir1.2-clutter-1.0
  • On Fedora:

    $ sudo yum install --assumeyes libgtop2-devel
  • On openSUSE (Leap 42.1):

    $ sudo zypper install gnome-shell-devel libgtop-devel libgtop-2_0-10

For the browser installation (recommended), you will need the GNOME Shell integration browser extension for Chrome, Firefox or Opera.

Note: If you're using Firefox 52 or later, you will also need to install chrome-gnome-shell. The instructions are available on the GNOME wiki.

Note: If you're using Gnome 3.2 checkout the branch gnome-3.2.

Browser installation

It's recommended you install the extension via the Gnome Shell Extensions website.

Visit this extension's page on, preferably in Firefox, and install by clicking the toggle button next to the extension's name.

If the install was successful, the toggle button should now show "ON". If it failed, ensure that you installed all the necessary dependencies, and that you granted the browser permission to install extensions when prompted. Additionally, rebooting gnome-shell may help (type Alt + F2 and input r in the prompt).

Manual installation

Download the ZIP/Tarball, extract the archive, open a shell into its directory, and run:

make install

Alternately, if you plan on doing development on the extension, or testing modifications, it's advised you checkout the Git repository and install a symlink. First, install git if you don't have it: (sudo apt-get install git-core, sudo pacman -S git, etc), then run:

mkdir ~/git
cd ~/git
git clone git://    
mkdir -p ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions
cd ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions
ln -s ~/git/gnome-shell-ping-monitor-applet/

And restart gnome-shell (Alt + F2, then r) or reboot the machine.

On openSUSE you need to install a devel package that provides the gnome-shell-extension-tool command:

$ sudo zypper install gnome-shell-devel


At the moment you need a manual config file. Create a file ~/.config/ping-monitor.conf with e.g.:

  "debug_output": false,
  "ping_config": [
      "tag": "google",
      "name": "Google",
      "address": "",
      "ping_count": 2,
      "ping_interval": 0.3,
      "ping_deadline": 3,
      "refresh_interval": 2000,
      "active": true,
      "visible": true,
      "show_name": true,
      "show_address": true,
      "show_tooltip": true,
      "warning_threshold": 20
      "tag": "router",
      "name": "Router",
      "address": "",
      "ping_count": 2,
      "ping_interval": 0.3,
      "ping_deadline": 3,
      "refresh_interval": 2000,
      "active": true,
      "visible": true,
      "show_name": true,
      "show_address": true,
      "show_tooltip": true,
      "warning_threshold": 20

Make sure that you define all variables.

To load a new config you need to restart Gnome-Shell: Alt + F2 then r and Enter.



To create a zip file with the specified version number, ready to upload to Gnome Shell Extensions or similar repository, run:

make zip-file VERSION=<version>

To determine the version number to use, check the extensions site and increment from the largest published version.

The specified version number is just for documentation and isn't strictly necessary in the uploaded file, since the extensions website will dynamically set this and override whatever we enter.

Once uploaded, create a Github release with the same version number.



I took the gnome-shell-system-monitor-applet and wrote my ping applet on top of it.


Copyright (C) 2019 Samuel Bachmann aka samuelba

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see

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