Widgets and extensions to see the time in KDE and GNOME

GNOME Shell 46 Desktop with Clock Extension

One thing is for sure, the developers of the GNOME and KDE desktops did not pay attention to it to the author of the bolero. Widgets and extensions to see the time abound in the repositories.

In the previous article We had talked about the way computers keep time and, Although both the GNOME and KDE desktops include a clock, it is not always convenient to see it (If you are shortsighted like the author of the article) or if you need to see the time in other locations

What are widgets and extensions

Widgets (or plasmoids) are a feature of KDE Plasma that allows you to add one or more graphical elements to a panel or desktop that add functions or display information in real time. In addition to showing the time, they can inform you about the weather forecast, synchronize with mobile devices or show the status of the playback of a multimedia file.

GNOME extensions are the equivalent for this desktop of the add-ons that we usually install in our browser. To give a more precise definition we can say that they are small programs developed by third parties that add functions not included in the desktop.

How to install widgets on the KDE desktop

  1. Place the pointer anywhere on the desktop and right-click to select Add new graphic elements. In new versions, click on Enter editing mode and then on Add new graphic element.
  2. In the window that opens we browse the extensions or use a keyword to find what we are looking for.
  3. If we cannot find it, we can search online or install one downloaded manually from the Get new graphic elements button.
  4. Drag the widget icon to the desktop. If you preferred to download one, you first have to install it and then do point 2.
  5. If you are in editing mode you can move, resize and set widget characteristics. If you are not in editing mode you can enter by placing the pointer over the widget and selecting the option with the right button.
  6. In the same way you can delete it.

How to install extensions on the GNOME desktop

  1. Go to page of GNOME extensions.
  2. It will tell you that you need to install a connector so that extensions can be installed from the browser. Follow the extensions.
  3. Select the extension and click on the selector to install it.
  4. Check the page from time to time to see if there are updates for the extensions. If you see a green arrow click on it to download them.

Widgets and extensions to see the time


  • Digital clock: The date and time expressed with numbers. We can decide whether or not to display the seconds, time zone, and date format and location.
  • Inaccurate clock: It tells us the time like a person would. (quarter to 8 instead of 7:45) We can select the font and the degree of imprecision.
  • Big clock for Plasma 6: A clock for the latest version of the desk ideal for the visually impaired. You have to download it first.

GNOME Shell Extensions

  • Left Clock: This extension places a clock on the left side of the top bar replacing the activities button
  • Binary clock: Extension ideal to show off being a nerd. Displays the time in binary format at the top of the screen.
  • Weather o'clock:  an extension to display the weather status and time on the top bar of the desktop.
  • Desktop clock: What its name indicates. An extension that allows us to add a digital and/or analog clock to the desktop. You can make the background transparent.


In addition to the extensions, both from the package manager and in the Snap and Flatpak stores we can find some more applications that tell us the time.

The advantage of the applications is that they include additional functions such as countdown counters, alarms and stopwatches.

In a future article we will dedicate an article to comment on them. In the meantime, will it occur to any bolero author to write "Tux no markings the hours"?

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