Use Gnome Shell’s Header Bar in Rhythmbox Music Player

April 9, 2015


For Gnome Shell users, Rhythmbox music player now looks better by using new GTK3 header bar (client-side decorations) provided by alternative-toolbar plugin.

Thanks to David Mohammed, Ozon and Georgi Karavasilev. With the new alternative-toolbar plugin, Rhythmbox player looks better in Gnome:


And below is the plugin configuration window with a few options:


How to install alternative-toolbar plugin:

For ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, and Ubuntu 15.04, install the plugin from developer’s PPA by running below commands one by one in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox-plugins

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-alternative-toolbar

If you don’t want to add the PPA, grab the .deb package from

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