Desktop Environments

Cairo-Dock – desktop interface

Last Updated on October 10, 2023

Cairo-Dock is an attractive, lightweight eye-candy dock to launch your applications. It has a family-likeness with the OS X dock, but with more options.

Cairo-Dock uses Cairo / OpenGL to render graphics (in correlation with Compiz) with full hardware acceleration. It is fully configurable and fully customisable and can be used as a taskbar too. It is compatible with Compiz-Fusion, Beryl, Compiz, Metacity, Kwin, Xcompmgr, etc., but it can also run without a composite manager (using fake transparency). Cairo-Dock can run under desktop environments including GNOME, KDE and Xfce.

You can easily add applets in the dock or as a desklet.

Features include:

  • Multi-docks.
  • Taskbar.
  • Launcher.
  • Themes.
  • Large number of plugins are available to extend functionality including a basket, clock, weather, tray, electronic mail, Wi-Fi, audio plugins, visual effects and more.
  • Turn the dock into an attractive panel.
  • Highly customizable.
  • Desklets can be rotated in 3D.
  • Dialogs have many different window decorators.
  • The Theme Manager can download new themes on the server for many applets: Clock, dustbin, Cairo-Penguin, Toons, etc.
  • Keyboard shortcuts.
  • Use Cairo-Dock with or without OpenGL.

Developer: Fabrice Rey and contributors
License: GNU General Public License v3.0


Cairo-Dock is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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