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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 17 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Cairo-Dock are Plank, Latte Dock, tint2 and Avant Window Navigator .

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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    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.

    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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  2. Plank icon

    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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    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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    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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    Avant Window Navigator

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Linux

    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.

    Discontinued

    Doesn't seem to be activaly maintained anymore. Last update was in 2017.

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  6. Dash to Panel icon

    Dash to Panel

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • GNOME

    An icon taskbar for the GNOME Shell. This extension moves the dash into the GNOME main panel so that the application launchers and system tray are combined into a single panel, similar to that found in KDE Plasma and Windows 7+.

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    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.

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  8. LavaLauncher

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    A simple and customizable launcher panel for Wayland desktops.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer maintained since March 2022 and it's looking for a new maintainer: https://lists.sr.ht/~leon_plickat/lavalauncher/%3CCIPW63LE88JJ.2LYO5E6UAFLPB%40m5%3E Latest version, 2.1.0, released in January 2022, can be still downloaded from sourcehut

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    ADeskBar

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

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

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    Workspaces to Dock

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • GNOME

    Transform Gnome Shell's overview workspaces into an intelligent dock.

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