Gnome Shell Extension: Force Quit

Note: This is an archived post. Information may not be relevant now.

Force Quit is an extension that adds a ‘Force Quit’ button to the top panel of gnome shell, the UI of Gnome 3. Clicking the x icon from the left of the gnome-shell panel changes the cursor into a x. Then, click over a non-responding application to kill it instantly.

[Note: This extension isn’t maintained any more.]

This extension employs xkill on the backend.

From Gnome Shell Extensions Directory:

Or Manually:

      cd ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions
      git clone
      mv gnome-shell-extension-force-quit/ force-quit@xtranophilist

Restart Gnome:
Alt+F2 to open run command prompt
Enter r

Enable ‘Force Quit Extension’ from Extensions from gnome-tweak-tool

Git Repo:

Superpiffer has created a package for archlinux in AUR (

If it doesn’t work on your system, maybe you don’t have xkill. jjmarin on GSE says “In fedora you need to install the package xorg-x11-apps in order to get the xkill”.