Light and eye-candy dock to launch your programs (metapackage)
  20 reviews

Cairo-Dock is a pretty, light and convenient interface to your desktop,
able to replace advantageously your system panel!
It features multi-docks, taskbar, launchers and a lot of useful applets. Applets can be detached from the dock to act as desktop widgets. Numerous ready-to-use themes are downloadable in 1 click, and can be easily
customized at your convenience.
It can use hardware acceleration to be very fast and low on CPU.

Some screenshots are available : Development site:

This metapackage provides the components necessary for running Cairo-Dock. It provides the Cairo-Dock core, a set of standard plugins and the files necessary to integrate Cairo-Dock with your desktop environment.
Latest reviews
_Josue_ 3 weeks ago

I love this dock, I use it as a hidden shortcut holder to keep my desktop clean of stuff, but it's so full of cool things and gimmicks... I use it on all my Linux machines.

Ephata 2 months ago

Ultra personnalisable!

julian1 10 months ago

It does not work with 4k monitors. On uninstall it leaves behind tons of plug-ins which must be uninstalled one-by-one.

CaptainKirksChair 11 months ago

This is GREAT dock software. Do not believe any of the negative comments. This dock is so much better than any of the others. I use the Alu theme and configure it so it has a Macintosh look and feel. (Like the look of the Mac, hate the macOS software.) Cairo Dock takes a little time to understand, but once you get it, configuration is easy. My recommendation is to have an idea of what you want before you install. Then choose a theme that best matches your idea and configure from there. The best part is, you can use any PNG image file for an icon. Just keep it to nothing more than 512x512 and you'll do fine.

rdlf4 11 months ago

Not good. Yes, there are tons of options if compared to the other, but those options change nothing! In other words, most applets for this thing do NOT WORK! Even the ones downloaded from their own website! HDDTemp? No, it doesn't work. Calendar? Nope. CPUtemp? no! Their own system menu is BROKEN! All you need to break it is click on it, type something so it will search and position itself off and remain that way until you either kill it or log in again. In other words, it's too damn easy to break this dock application, it's ridiculous. Not to mention the notification are is treated like a separate dock and that is not even configurable. Cairo-dock tries to impress you with its little tricks, but in the end you might notice it's just a bugfest masked as a dock application. I like Avant-Window-Navigator better, but until it's available to use on LM19, I'll look for something else.

ak666 1 year ago

Not bad. Yet a bit too complicated in configuring with mouse. Also I might br wrong, but I wasn't able to set up launcher icon to be an app icon when certain app is running. E.g. When I use launche to run an app anoher icon appers in dock. Wish it was more macos-like: most of all I lack the 'move icon to pin it' feature:) Thnx for the ffort anyways

warrior109 1 year ago

Чудова програма! Найкраща серед своїх аналогів на лінукс

marksule 1 year ago


sbroccolo 1 year ago

A million ways to configure it.

Aristotel 2 years ago

sometimes conflicts with the desktop widget - иногда конфликтует с виджетами рабочего стола

martini 2 years ago

It looks great and is very customizable

juankvillegas 2 years ago

I feel it weird... it does small shakes everytime an icon is added/removed.

linx123 2 years ago

Слитает и больше не грузится. +5 за аплет подсветки

sethuiyer95 3 years ago

Good but needs improvement in UI

ELECTRO 3 years ago


Mesut 3 years ago

Çok beğendim ve harika. Stabil çalışıyor. Mutlaka herkese tavsiye ederim.

Rygardo 3 years ago

Lo mejor de lo mejor. Mil puntos para Cairo Dock.

auntyshake 3 years ago

this dock has more themes...but docky is better

Ghost_Hacks 3 years ago

Best dock app for Linux. Very customizable and very pretty. Can look just like Mac OS dock.

SilverGames 3 years ago

After enabling this, moving my panel to the top of the screen and removing Window List from the panel, this works very nicely and switching between apps is very easy.