A tiling window manager extension for gnome-shell. Many tiling window managers are an all-or-nothing affair, shellshape allows you to tile your windows when it makes sense, and still provides powerful direct manipulation when you need it. You don't have to give up any of the gnome features you like, so it makes for a very smooth learning curve.
This software is in-development. I use it daily, but it might break stuff. Use at your own risk. Multiple monitor support is not really present, and doing fancy things like "always on top" windows may or may not break it.
I must thank bluetile, for it was the inspiration for this extension and many features are lifted directly from it (although not code, JS and haskell are vastly different beasts).
0install run http://gfxmonk.net/dist/0install/shellshape.xml. If you don't have
0install, you should install the
zeroinstall-injector package first.
For more details, please see instructions on http://gfxmonk.net/shellshape/
You can also install it from the official gnome shell extensions site. This may lag (sometimes months) behind the development release, as they perform manual approval of all updates.
Running a local version
To build the latest version, you'll need to install
npm (the node.js package manager). You'll also need python. Then:
- clone this repo
If you have 0install, you can then just run:
0install run shellshape-local.xml
Otherwise, you can install the extension to a symlink in ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions using:
To compile stuff (after changing some source code), run
tools/gup compile. You can add e.g
-j3 to compile stuff in parallel.
running on arch linux
You may want to try this user-maintained package if the normal method doesn't work for you, but I have no idea what it will do to your system.
interactive/: run the core tiling code in the browser (without killing gnome shell when you break something ;))
src/tiling.ts: core tiling & layout stuff
src/gjs: gnome-shell specific stuff (mutter integration, extension system, indicator, etc)
src/node: nodejs shim, used for running tests
src/xbrowser: browser shim, used for
src/stub: nodejs shim, used for running tests
shellshape/: third party libs, metadata.json, translations, gschemas, etc
Build targets with
tools/gup. Targets exist wherever there is a corresponding
*.gup file. You can find those with:
$ git ls-files | fgrep '.gup' | sed -e 's!/gup/!/!;s!\.gup$!!'
Not all of them will work, as some might depend on tools only I happen to have installed. Patches welcome if you find + fix that sort of thing.
If you export
SHELLSHAPE_DEBUG=all, you will get a debug log written to
/tmp/shellshape.log. You can set values other than
all if you want to debug on specific topics (available topics include
window) - they should be set as a comma-delimited string, e.g
"It doesn't work"
If you don't know why, here's some things to check:
- Check the extension is enabled (you can see this in the "Shell Extensions" section of
- See if there are any errors in looking glass that mention shellshape (press alt-F2, type "
lg" and then click the "Errors" tab)
- Check the console output (if running in a console) for any messages that mention shellshape
- Check /tmp/shellshape.log after launching with $SHELLSHAPE_DEBUG=all
To report a bug or crash, please see the github issues page.
If you symlink the provided
gnome-shell.desktop file to
~/.local/share/applications/, gnome-session will use that to launch gnome-shell instead of the system's gnome-shell. Uninstalling is as simple as removing that file.
Are listed at http://gfxmonk.net/shellshape/ Some helpful folk have created graphical (SVG) versions of the keyboard shortcuts, to serve as a handy reference:
Note: These are for versions prior to 0.12. Anyone want to update them?
- gnome-shell 3.16 compatibility
- Changes to keyboard shortcuts
- Next/Previous layout shortcuts (not bound by default)
- Fairly large overhaul to codebase:
- Lots of cleanup of state management. This improves a number of circumstances where shellshape and gnome-shell disagree about the state of windows / workspaces, etc.
- Made "default layout" setting apply instantly, rather then require a restart.
- Additional misc bugs fixed while going through the codebase.
- Support for gnome-shell 3.12
- Preliminary support for multiple monitors
- Update screen bounds every time we do a layout
- API changes for gnome-shell 3.10. This makes 0.7 incompatible with anything before 3.10.
- Fixed "Shellshape settings" indicator menu in gnome-shell 3.8
- Support for gnome-shell 3.8
- Support for localisation (plus german translation) thanks to @jonnius
- Support for gnome-shell 3.6
- Fix error launching dconf-editor from the preferences panel
- Updated manifest.json to declare compatibility with gnome-shell 3.4.2
- Include LICENCE and README.md files in tarball
- Added blacklist to prevent "Conky" windows from being tiled.
- Fixed a number of bugs to do with tracking window movement and sizes.
- Switched the "Horizontal" and "Vertical" layouts. You may need to adjust your keyboard shortcuts if you've set them to anything non-default, as the gsettings keys have swapped as well (if you haven't customised shortcuts, the defaults will still do the right thing)..
- Removed label from indicator icon.
- Rework icons to be simpler and look/act like other symbolic icons in the panel.
- Added a preferences panel (accessible from the gse website, or
- Added a "max autotile windows" option.
- Added the ability to customise keyboard shortcuts from the preferences panel.
- First release on extensions.gnome.org