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Plank is described as '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' and is a application launcher in the os & utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Plank for Linux, Windows, KDE, GNOME and Xfce. The best alternative is RocketDock, which is free. Other great apps like Plank are Docky, Cairo-Dock, Latte Dock and ObjectDock.

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

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  1. RocketDock icon

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    The program is no longer updated, but last version, 1.3.5, released in September 2008, can be still downloaded from the official website.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

    Banshee Application Controls


  3. Cairo-Dock icon

    Cairo-Dock

    • 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 Windows).

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsCairo-Dock can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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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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    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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  6. 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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  7. Avant Window Navigator  icon

    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.

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    Discontinued

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

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    Clipman

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Xfce

    Clipman is a clipboard manager for Xfce. It keeps the clipboard contents around while it is usually lost when you close an application.

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    Clipman in use as a panel plug-in
  9. 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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  10. LavaLauncher

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    A simple and customizable launcher panel for Wayland desktops.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableLavaLauncher is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    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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