Cairo-Dock Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to Cairo-Dock for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Docky, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Cairo-Dock and 15 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Cairo-Dock are Plank (Free, Open Source), Latte Dock (Free, Open Source), tint2 (Free, Open Source) and Avant Window Navigator (Free Personal, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 28, 2021

    1. 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.


      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
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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.
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    5. 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.
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    6. A simple and customizable launcher panel for Wayland desktops.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      a lightweight application launcher for Openbox, written in Python and GTK
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    7. Transform Gnome Shell's overview workspaces into an intelligent dock.
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    8. 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 distributed under the GNU General Public License v2.
    9. GnomePanel is a highly configurable launcher and taskbar for GNOME. It forms a core part of the default GNOME desktop.
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