Install Cairo-Dock 2.1.3 in ubuntu|Fedora

Cairo-Dock 2.1.3 is out ! the official announcement published today in launchpad. In this new version the most visible change is probably the new configuration panel, which has been refined. This version is also the opportunity to fix a lot of the existing problems (smoother auto-hide, automatic detection of indirect rendering for Intel/ATI cards, etc). Few other changes will also make your dock looks more polish and convenient :Thumnbails of windows now have an emblem to help recognize the application.

Icons pointing on sub-docks can display the sub-dock’s content to quickly know what is inside the sub-dock.
When an application demands your attention, only its icon will appear when the dock is hidden,

so that you are quietly notified of any event even when your dock is hidden.
The ShowDesktop applet lets you change the resolution of the screen in 1 click.
The Dnd2Share applet which is used to quickly share some text/picture/video/files can now directly

sends the clipboard’s content (like an instant screenshot).

More screenshots of these new things are avaible here

Download and Install Cairo-Dock

For Ubuntu :

sudo -v

echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main ## Cairo-Dock-PPA" | 
sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys E80D6BF5
sudo apt-get update

Now install Cairo dock and plugins

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

For fedora

Open terminal and type the commands bellow :


Then type the command :

rpm -ivh

And install the dock

yum install cairo-dock*

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  • Anonymous

    though I find cairo-dock very intreresting, docky is less heavy on the system and has more or less the same features

  • Sinchan

    Yes is true Docky at least consume less resource than Cairo-Dock.

  • Fab

    I’ve noticed the exact opposite (with the cairo backend).
    It may be true with the OpenGL, but then the dock is 100 times faster and smoother, and uses almost no CPU, it worth to spend few MB !

  • toto

    moreover Cairo has much more features than any other dock !

  • EP

    The second code canvas in the “Ubuntu installation” section needs a on the second line, after the “sources.list”.