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.

See our Video :


Links :

  • http://tek.org.uk tek

    You have not given the correct information to install it on Debian.

    It should be:

    deb http://repository.cairo-dock.org/debian stable cairo-dock

    That should be added to the apt sources.list file for stable Debian. Your post suggests that ubuntu version is fine to use and it isn’t.

  • zinovsky

    Thank you, is corrected :)

  • abarbarian

    I’m using Mandriva Free 2009.1 64 Bit and the command you gave,

    “urpmi cairo-dock”

    Gives me this message.

    “bash: urpmi: command not found”

    Are you sure that is the right command ?

  • abarbarian

    Ha you have to urpmi in “root” in Mandriva.

    Tried it and it offers to install,

    “cairo-dock 1mdv2009.1 x86_64”

    Is this not a very old package ?

    If so. How do I get the latest build CairoDock 2.1.1 ??


  • zinovsky

    yes 1 is old package, the newest is 2.1.1
    if you would have the latest release for mandriva install from here:

  • john

    shouldn’t that be OpenGL?

  • abarbarian

    Thanks zinovsky seems like Mandriva is one step behind as the version is

    Ain’t as good as Rocket Dock on me XP pc.

    The Trash Can does not work. An there are two black bars look like they are seperators that I can not figure out how to get rid of. NetSpeed does not work either.

    Animations look pretty cool though and it is easy to substitue your own icons. The Clock is neat but shows “17” on the little pad and highlights “18” on the calendar(its the 18th here) only a minor bug though.

    Uses quite a lot of cpu when it is open about 50% on both cores of my dual AMD.

    Maybe this latest version will have some of the small bugs ironed out. All in all a very good addition to my desktop as it keeps the desktop clear and gives me a quick and easy one click access to some of my favourite applications.

    My best wishes to the developers and supporters of this useful software.

  • Rick

    Thank you TEch :) very helpful