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Gnome shell search provider for Intellij IDEA projects

A Gnome shell extension to find recent IntelliJ IDEA projects in search.


  • Gnome shell 3.34 or newer
  • Python 3.6 or newer (as python3 in $PATH)


Install via Gnome Extensions.

Alternatively download the latest from Releases and run

$ gnome-extensions install

Note: Version numbers from Gnome Extensions and Releases differ, because uploading to Gnome Extensions renumbers releases. If you switch between installation methods, remove and reinstall.


  • I do not know how to parse XML in GJS, so finding recent IntelliJ projects relies on a Python helper which parses recentProjects.xml and outputs relevant parts as JSON (see GH-1).
  • I use Ultimate, so this extension only supports IDEA Ultimate, installed with snap, flatpak or from AUR. Pull requests for Community and Toolbox welcome, see GH-2.


I'd like to thank gnome-shell-web-search-provider and vscode-search-provider for inspiration and their source code which demonstrates how to use the—apparently entirely internal and undocumented—Gnome shell API for search providers.

Stand on the shoulders of giants and you can even write Javascript for Gnome.


Copyright 2019 Sebastian Wiesner

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.