Snow on Gnome Desktop with Gsnow Extension

December 23, 2017

gnome shell

Since the command line tool xsnow does not work any longer, Gnome 3 users can use an extension called ‘gsnow’ to make desktop snow.

Never installed a Gnome extension? You may first read this how to install tutorial.

After installed required libraries, you can either install ‘gsnow’ from,

or search for and install it via Ubuntu Software:

To start or stop snowing on desktop:

Once installed the extension, start or stop snowing by clicking on the little snowflake icon on top-right system tray.

Turn On/Off gsnow extension:

Search for and install ‘Gnome Tweaks’ in Ubuntu Software. The tool offers a tab for managing installed Gnome extensions.

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