Alternatives to Avant Window Navigator for all platforms with any license





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  • Alfred icon


    Alfred is a quicklaunch application for Mac OS X, which aims to save you time in searching your local computer and the web.

    Freemium Mac

  • RocketDock icon

    RocketDock Discontinued

    RocketDock is a Mac OS X dock clone. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With...

    Free Windows

  • Docky icon


    Docky is a full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker. Docky is...

    Open Source Linux

  • Unity icon


    Unity is a shell interface for the Gnome desktop environment developed by Canonical Ltd for its Ubuntu operating system. It is...

    Open Source Linux

  • Gnome Do icon

    Gnome Do Discontinued

    GNOME Do allows you to quickly search for many items present on your desktop or the web, and perform useful actions on those items. ...

    Open Source Linux

  • ObjectDock icon


    ObjectDock is a program that enables users to organize their shortcuts, programs and running tasks into an attractive and fun animated...

    Commercial Windows

  • Cairo-Dock icon


    A light, eye-candy, fully themable, MacOSX-like animated dock for any Linux desktop

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • True Launch Bar icon

    True Launch Bar

    True Launch Bar is the unlimited version of the Free Launch Bar. True Launch Bar is a Superior replacement for the standard Quick...

    Freemium Windows

  • ASuite icon


    ASuite is a simple application launcher to manage an unlimited number of files, folders and webpage for quick access. It is designed...

    Open Source Windows

  • Plank icon


    Plank is meant to be the simplest dock on the planet. The goal is to provide just what a dock needs and absolutely nothing more. It...

    Open Source Linux

  • XLaunchpad icon

    XLaunchpad Discontinued Warning

    XLaunchpad gives you instant access to all your shortcuts. Arrange apps in XLaunchpad any way you like by dragging icons to different...

    Free Windows

  • Winstep Nexus icon

    Winstep Nexus

    The Winstep Nexus Dock is a FREE professional dock for Windows. With Nexus, your most frequently used applications are only a mouse...

    Freemium Windows

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  • tint2

    tint2 is a simple panel/taskbar unintrusive and light (memory / cpu / aestetic). We try to get virtual desktop and multi-monitor...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • GnomePanel icon


    GnomePanel is a highly configurable launcher and taskbar for GNOME. It forms a core part of the default GNOME desktop.

    Open Source Linux

  • CleverDock Discontinued

    A simple dock for Windows which features extensive theming capabilities and blurry reflections. The dock is fully compatible with...

    Open Source Windows

  • Circle Dock icon

    Circle Dock Discontinued

    The idea behind Circle Dock is that the dock should appear where your mouse is instead of you having to move your mouse to the dock...

    Open Source Windows

  • XWindows Dock icon

    XWindows Dock Discontinued

    XWindows Dock - or XWD for short - is the newest free Windows Vista and XP program of the class Application Launcher and Desktop...

    Free Windows

  • Mutate

    Mutate is a simple launcher inspired by Alfred for Ubuntu. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords and file actions at your...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Y'z Dock icon

    Y'z Dock Discontinued

    Y'z Dock is a program launcher like the dock in MacOS X. This application is currently in beta, so please send all reports to the...

    Free Windows

  • FSL Launcher icon

    FSL Launcher Discontinued

    Tired of dozens of icons on your desktop? Try this simple, yet powerful & intuitive launcher to organize your shortcuts. Some...

    Free Windows Windows Explorer

  • Flashlight icon


    The missing plugin system for Spotlight. Flashlight is an app that supercharges OS X's built-in search. Check the weather, search...

    Open Source Mac

  • FlashTray Pro icon

    FlashTray Pro

    Flashtray - Our system tray application launcher and macro tool makes you work more efficiently by automating a lot of repetitive...

    Free Windows

  • Promptu icon


    Say goodbye to repetitive, time-consuming tasks, like hunting through your programs, folders, files, and bookmarks for the ones you...

    Free Windows

  • Dock icon


    In OS X, the Dock is used as a repository for any program or file in the operating system. It can hold any number of items and resizes...

    Commercial Mac

  • PaperPlane Smart Launch icon

    PaperPlane Smart Launch

    Launch your desktop like an iPad and get instant access to your apps, games, files, urls and more...

    Free Windows

  • 8start launcher icon

    8start launcher Discontinued

    8start Launcher is a combination of innovative Application Launcher, countdown and Tree Notes/Shortcuts/Favorites. Launcher...

    Free Windows

  • PyPanel icon


    PyPanel is a lightweight panel/taskbar written in Python and C for X11 window managers. It can be easily customized to match any...

    Open Source Linux

  • Middleclick icon


    Welcome to MiddleClick. The next generation application launcher from CodeLogic Software. MiddleClick displays a dashboard of your...

    Commercial Windows

  • Tray Commander Lite icon

    Tray Commander Lite

    Tray Commander is a multifunctional utility that lets you launch your frequently used programs, files, folders and documents directly...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Dragthing icon


    DragThing is the original dock designed to tidy up your Macintosh desktop. It puts all your documents, folders, and applications...

    Freemium Mac

  • BMPanel

    BMPanel (bitmap panel) is a lightweight, NETWM compliant panel for X11 Window System, which contains a desktop switcher, taskbar...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • ADeskBar icon


    a lightweight application launcher for Openbox, written in Python and GTK

    Open Source Linux

  • Radian icon


    Radian is a simple radial application launcher. The interface is triggered by a continuous right-click and is divided into four...

    Commercial Windows

  • Yal icon


    Access your files, programs, browser bookmarks, search engines and windows with a few key presses

    Open Source Windows

  • LaunchTab icon

    LaunchTab Discontinued

    [Last update was released on 05 Oct 2007, but you can download it from on...

    Free Windows

Avant Window Navigator Comments

I used to use this in Linux Mint but I kept running into an ...

Comment by evan
about Avant Window Navigator Jun 2011

I used to use this in Linux Mint but I kept running into an issue where the dock wouldn't store persistent state (ex. it wouldn't load custom icons that I set after a reboot). I switched to Cairo Dock and it 'just works'


Have been using this for a while (moved from Cairo due to j ...

Comment by ranadip
about Avant Window Navigator Jun 2011

Have been using this for a while (moved from Cairo due to jittery animation problem, perhaps caused by my GPU, but still, AWN is very smooth and fluid in the animations.)


I've been running the trunk version for a while and it's sh ...

Comment by Ramsey
about Avant Window Navigator Jun 2011

I've been running the trunk version for a while and it's shaping up very nicely! It makes a great panel replacement if you're not happy with what you have. I never have problems with it eating up resources or crashing. In the worst case, an applet might crash and all I need to do to remedy the problem is click on the applet to restart it!


I can do pretty good at looking like the Mac dock, but for ...

Comment by Aaron
about Avant Window Navigator Jun 2011

I can do pretty good at looking like the Mac dock, but for me it was always far too slow. It would bog down my system and I just could not do anything at good speeds, so I uninstalled it.