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Cairo-Dock is described as 'animated application launch bar for the desktop, comparable to the dock in Mac OS X or Rocket Dock (for Windows)' and is a popular application launcher in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Cairo-Dock for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, GNOME and BSD. The best alternative is RocketDock, which is free. Other great apps like Cairo-Dock are Docky, Winstep Nexus, Plank and ObjectDock.

Cairo-Dock alternatives are mainly Application Launchers but may also be Desktop Customization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Cairo-Dock.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux
  • Xfce

Cairo-Dock is an animated application launch bar for the desktop, comparable to the dock in Mac OS X or Rocket Dock (for...

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    RocketDock

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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.

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    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    The program is no longer updated, but last version, 1.3.5, released in September 2008, can be still downloaded from the official website. "It is true, RocketDock has been discontinued. [...] The app remains available on https://rocketdock.com, but is unsupported."

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    Most users think RocketDock is a great alternative to Cairo-Dock.
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    Docky

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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. It just works.

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    Discontinued

    Last commit and last available version from 2015-09-02

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    Almost everyone thinks Docky is a great alternative to Cairo-Dock.

    it's just simple and the best

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  3. 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.

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    Plank

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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 features.

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    ObjectDock

    • Windows

    ObjectDock is an animated dock for Windows that enables you to quickly access and launch your favorite applications, files and shortcuts.

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    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.20, released in 2016, can be still bought from the official website

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    Most users think ObjectDock is a great alternative to Cairo-Dock.


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    Latte Dock

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • KDE

    Latte is a dock based on plasma frameworks that provides an elegant and intuitive experience for your tasks and plasmoids. It animates its contents by using parabolic zoom effect and trys to be there only when it is needed.

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    MaxLauncher

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    MaxLauncher is a simple tabbed launcher that was designed to reduce the amount of time to find and run a program. It is capable of creating multiple data files, each of which can have a maximum of 10 tabs. Each tab and button is assigned a key(eg. F1-F10, 0-9, A-Z, etc.

    ⚫︎ PortableMaxLauncher can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    tint2

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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.

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    XLaunchpad

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    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.

    ⚫︎ PortableXLaunchpad can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  10. Dash to Dock icon

    Dash to Dock

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • GNOME

    A dock for the Gnome Shell. This extension moves the dash out of the overview transforming it in a dock for an easier launching of applications and a faster switching between windows and workspaces.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDash to Dock can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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