Alternatives to Cairo-Dock for all platforms with any license

Platforms

Desktop

Indie / Classic

  • RocketDock icon

    RocketDock

    RocketDock is a Mac OS X dock clone. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock. Now...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated, but last version, 1.3.5, released in September 2008, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Docky icon

    Docky

    Docky is a full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker. Docky is fully integrated into the GNOME Desktop and features a no non-sense approach to configuration and usage....

    Open Source Linux

  • ObjectDock icon

    ObjectDock

    ObjectDock is a program that enables users to organize their shortcuts, programs and running tasks into an attractive and fun animated Dock. By allowing users to have more control over how they organize their desktop, users can take...

    Commercial Windows

  • Plank icon

    Plank

    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 is, however, a library which can be extended to create other dock programs with more advanced...

    Open Source Linux

  • 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 Launch bar. All functions presented in Quick Launch are also in True Launch Bar. However, the True...

    Freemium 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 screen. It can be used to keep track of open windows and behaves like a normal window list.

    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 click away - and Nexus turns working with your computer into a fun and exciting experience.

    Freemium Windows

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    XLaunchpad

    XLaunchpad gives you instant access to all your shortcuts. Arrange apps in XLaunchpad any way you like by dragging icons to different locations or by grouping apps in folders. Simply drag one icon over another to create a folder. You...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer accessible, but has been archived by Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20160327003239/http://www.xwidget.com/
    • Warning XLaunchPad setup installs adware extensions for browsers. VirusTotal result: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/2a8eca9357cfae211564426dc461832ca2de70a9318ecba0468c4586fc4f4ffc/analysis/1426619620/ WOT comments: https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/xwidget.com
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    MadAppLauncher

    A simple application launcher. It is very fast and easy to use. It is unlike your common dock or menu launcher. It introduces several different features such as QWERTY based launching, tab group navigation using numbers, custom window...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 1.10.0.0, released on March 26, 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • tint2 icon

    tint2

    tint2 is a simple panel/taskbar unintrusive and light (memory / cpu / aestetic). We try to get virtual desktop and multi-monitor easier to use. We follow freedesktop specifications. As of version 0.9 features include: * panel...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • CleverDock

    A simple dock for Windows which features extensive theming capabilities and blurry reflections. The dock is fully compatible with Windows Vista/7/8/8.1.

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued See notice at https://github.com/ldom66/clever-dock
  • Circle Dock icon

    Circle Dock

    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 like with other programs. This is accomplished by making the dock a circular or spiral shape so that...

    Open Source Windows

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  • GnomePanel icon

    GnomePanel

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

    Open Source Linux

  • 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 with minimum effort. It comes in handy for all users who got tired of having their desktop crowded...

    Commercial Windows

  • Y'z Dock icon

    Y'z Dock

    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 author. In order to add icons, drag and drop a file (.exe, shortcut, etc.) straight from Explorer to...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Last program update was on July 29, 2003, although reports are that it still works as far as Windows 8, maybe farther.
  • XWindows Dock icon

    XWindows Dock

    XWindows Dock - or XWD for short - is the newest free Windows Vista and XP program of the class Application Launcher and Desktop Organizer. But its not just another one: its the result of years of use and observation of the many dock...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Last version: 2.0.3. Updated: 11/15/2010.
  • 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 keyboard tasks by using custom macros and hotkeys.

    Free Windows

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  • SliderDock icon

    SliderDock

    SliderDock is an application launcher that will allow you to easily drag and drop icons to access them later on by double clicking on them. It will be a unique dock where you wont have to chase behind you icons to run an application....

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer developed. Last version, 1.22, released in February 2012, can be still downladed from the official website.
  • DockbarX

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

    Free Linux

  • Wise HotKey icon

    Wise HotKey

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

    Free Windows

  • 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

  • Dock icon

    Dock

    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 them dynamically to fit while using magnification to clarify smaller resized items. By default, it...

    Commercial Mac

  • PyPanel icon

    PyPanel

    PyPanel is a lightweight panel/taskbar written in Python and C for X11 window managers. It can be easily customized to match any desktop theme or taste. PyPanel works with EWMH compliant WMs (Openbox, PekWM, FVWM, etc.) and is...

    Open Source Linux

  • Dragthing icon

    Dragthing

    DragThing is the original dock designed to tidy up your Macintosh desktop. It puts all your documents, folders, and applications just a single click away. Highly flexible, it allows multiple docks, each customised to suit your...

    Freemium Mac

  • BMPanel

    BMPanel (bitmap panel) is a lightweight, NETWM compliant panel for X11 Window System, which contains a desktop switcher, taskbar, system tray and clock. The application is inspired by simplicity of fspanel. BMPanel has a modern look...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • ADeskBar icon

    ADeskBar

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

    Open Source Linux

  • Radian icon

    Radian

    Radian is a simple radial application launcher. The interface is triggered by a continuous right-click and is divided into four slices. Each slice can be configured differently.

    Commercial Windows

  • Krento icon

    Krento

    Krento is a modern application manager and widget engine for Microsoft Windows. Krento can save your desktop space and assist you in boosting your productivity. With Krento you can launch your programs or open web pages from a...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 3.2.135.9, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Dzen icon

    Dzen

    Dzen is a general purpose messaging, notification and menuing program for X11. It was designed to be scriptable in any language and integrate well with window managers like dwm, wmii and xmonad though it will work with any window...

    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.

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dependencies

Negative Comment by mohammadghasemi
about Cairo-Dock Jul 2015

Some plugins have many dependencies, needs composite extension

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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.

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