GNOME Core Applications

GNOME Core Applications is a collection of approximately 30 applications that are packaged as part of the standard free and open-source GNOME desktop environment. GNOME Core Applications have the look and feel of the GNOME desktop; some applications have been written from scratch and others are ports.

GNOME Core Applications
Developer(s)The GNOME Project
Initial releaseDecember 20, 1998 (1998-12-20)[1]
Stable release3.34.2[2] (25 November 2019 (2019-11-25)) [±]
Preview release3.35.2[3] (24 November 2019 (2019-11-24)) [±]
Written inVala, C, C++, Scheme, JavaScript, Python
Operating systemLinux, Unix-like, macOS, Microsoft Windows
LicenseGNU General Public License

The employment of the newest GUI widgets offered by the latest version of GTK in order to implement the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) ergonomically is the only feature which all GNOME Core Applications have in common. Some of the GNOME Core Applications are essential, while several are not, e.g. GNOME Weather. Most are thin graphical front-ends, e.g. GNOME Software, to underlying Linux system daemons, like e.g. journald, PackageKit, NetworkManager or PulseAudio.

All GNOME Core Applications except Evolution feature the GtkHeaderBar. GtkHeaderBar[4] is a widget introduced to GTK in version 3.10. It is intended to replace the Title-Bar and the Toolbar for Client-Side Decoration.

Graphical shell

The default graphical shell of GNOME 3 is GNOME Shell. GNOME Shell obsoleted GNOME Panel. An alternative graphical shell is, e.g. Cinnamon.


  • Settings – main interface to configure various aspects of GNOME. Diverse panels represent graphical front-ends to configure the NetworkManager daemon and other daemons.
  • dconf editor – an editor for dconf


  • Contacts – managing addresses
  • Mail (Design in progress)


  • Files – the file browser
  • Photos
  • Music – audio player with database
  • Videos – the media player





  1. "first release".
  2. Petridis, Jordan (25 Nov 2019). "GNOME 3.34.2 Released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 14 Dec 2019.
  3. Catanzaro, Michael (24 November 2019). "GNOME 3.35.2 released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  4. "GNOME Developer Documentation: GtkHeaderBar".
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