Enchance your launchbar in Linux with Cairo-Dock

Cairo-Dock is an animated application launch bar for the desktop, comparable to the dock in Mac OS X or Rocket Dock (for Windows).  It is compatible with Compiz, but it can also run without a composite manager . Cairo-Dock can run under GNOME, KDE and XFCE.

The latest version of Cairo Dock 2.1.1 has been released. The new version fixed many bugs now become more stable especialy when the Open GPL is activated. The big news is that the Open GPL support now the latest drivers from ATI and Intel video card. The themes now are user freindly interface, you can sort them  by name, rating or simplicity.

Bellow will show you how to install Cairo-Dock in Linux:

-1- Install Cairo-Dock

  • In Ubuntu /LinuxMint /

To install the latest stable release of Cairo-Dock in Ubuntu / LinuxMint and Debian, you have to copy/past the commands bellow in your terminal and is done

sudo -v
echo "deb http://repository.cairo-dock.org/ubuntu $(lsb_release -sc) cairo-dock ## Cairo-Dock-Stable" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list 
wget -q http://repository.cairo-dock.org/cairo-dock.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins
  • For Debian :
su -s
echo "deb http://repository.cairo-dock.org/debian $cd_release cairo-dock ## Cairo-Dock-Stable" | tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list  
wget -q http://repository.cairo-dock.org/cairo-dock.gpg -O- | apt-key add -
apt-get update
apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins
  • In Fedora

To install Cairo Dock in fedora follow the steps bellow :

su -

Then type the command :

rpm -ivh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm

Then install Cairo-Dock :

yum install cairo-dock*


  • Mandriva :

In mandriva you can simply use the command :

urpmi cairo-dock

2- Use of Cairo-Dock :


Go to Applications —> System tools—> cairo-Dock you can shoose to launch  With GPL or without GPL

You will got a menu like this :

If you want to add more icons you can simply take the icon from the menu to the cairo-dock launch-bar.


3- Change cairo dock themes :

You can simply change the theme by right click on the menu bar –> Cairo Duck–>Manage themes

Then select theme and click apply and quit.

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