I'm looking for a dock application to use on Ubuntu, but suggestions are welcome for all platforms. I'm familiar with RocketDock, but don't think that it works for Linux. Any ideas?

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From MakeUseOf -- 8 power Docks for Linux.
This BrightHub posting is on similar lines (so is this older link).

Avant seems to be the pick.

Avant Window Navigator (Awn) is a dock-like bar which sits at the bottom of the screen. It has support for launchers, task lists, and third party applets. The official applet and plugin repository is in a separate project, awn-extras.

If you are using Ubuntu Hardy and above, AWN is included in the repository.


Cairo Dock was my personal favorite:

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To install via apt:

sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

GNOME Do has a skin called docky that works a lot like RocketDock. Do is also a good replacement for the Windows app launcher Launchy.


I like ObjectDock for Windows. The free version should be enough for you, but in case you want more (like tabs), there is a paid version available for only $20.


for windows,try RocketDock

  • The OP says he's using Ubuntu, not Windows.
    – ThisTime
    Aug 30, 2009 at 18:44
  • then why would he tag it as "windows"??!! sorry,i didn't notice the question Aug 30, 2009 at 19:03
  • @ThisTime: To quote the OP, "suggestions are welcome for all platforms". Aug 30, 2009 at 19:18

Maybe not a classical dock-app but I think the True Launch Bar is a very good replacement and/or add-on for the windows task-bar. You can configure the bar in nearly every manner you want (look also at the screenshots on the homepage for examples).

And it also works under Windows 7.


Cairo-Dock (also called GLX-Dock) is my favorite dock. To install it, type this in to the terminal:

$ sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins cairo-clock

When it's done installing, click the Ubuntu menu and type in Cairo-Dock. Click the "CD" icon and Cairo-Dock should start up.

Did you know that Cairo-Dock is the only dock that supports sub-docks? It's also the most configurable dock available for any operating systems. Too bad it runs only on Linux!

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