Alternatives to Cairo-Dock for all platforms with any license



Indie / Classic

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Avant Window Navigator  icon

    Avant Window Navigator

    Avant Window Navigator (AWN/Awn) is a dock-like navigation bar for the linux desktop that positions itself at the bottom of the...

    Open Source Linux

  • 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

  • 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

  • MadAppLauncher icon

    MadAppLauncher Discontinued

    A simple application launcher. It is very fast and easy to use. It is unlike your common dock or menu launcher. It introduces several...

    Open Source Windows

  • CleverDock Discontinued

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

    Open Source Windows

  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • FCorp My Suite icon

    FCorp My Suite

    My Suite is a lightweight Windows application whose purpose is to help you create a user-defined list with programs that can be run...

    Commercial Windows

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  • SliderDock icon


    SliderDock is an application launcher that will allow you to easily drag and drop icons to access them later on by double clicking on...

    Free Windows

  • DockbarX

    This is a branch - not a fork - of DockBar (a TaskBar with grouping and group manipulation) with some extra features added.

    Free Linux

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • LaunchTab icon

    LaunchTab Discontinued

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

    Free Windows

  • Wise HotKey icon

    Wise HotKey

    Launch applications and system tools, Control Panel items, folders on your computer, and website addresses using simple key...

    Free Windows

  • Krento icon


    Krento is a modern application manager and widget engine for Microsoft Windows. Krento can save your desktop space and assist you in...

    Free Windows

  • Dzen icon


    Dzen is a general purpose messaging, notification and menuing program for X11. It was designed to be scriptable in any language and...

    Open Source Linux

Cairo-Dock Comments

Mostly High Quality

Positive Comment by Johnzerer
about Cairo-Dock and Rainmeter Sep 2015

I learned to appreciate this dock a lot.

Moving to the next song, Changing the sound volume or the active virtual Desktop by moving the scroll Wheel over an Icon is soo clever.

It Displays extensive system Information while still looking sleek.

There are quite a lot extensions available online and it's all combinable, movable and resizable

The only downside is that it is hard to configure at times.

Rainmeter under Windows offers a lot of useful and nice looking widgets, but Cairo is the ultimate Launcher for me.



Negative Comment by mohammadghasemi
about Cairo-Dock Jul 2015

Some plugins have many dependencies, needs composite extension


This is really cool application. On my mind it is much bett ...

Comment by ilmarvor
about Cairo-Dock Jun 2011

This is really cool application. On my mind it is much better than other analogs for Linux, for example Docky.