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10 Best Free Linux Docks

Best Docks for Ubuntu Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Docks are utility software designed to basically make launching applications and navigating between app windows as easy as possible alongside beautifying the entire process.

They implement animations, app icon shadows, customization options, widgets, etc. in different ways but they all aspire to one goal – boost productivity.

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Today, I bring you a list of the best dock applications that are not just beautiful and customizable with high compatibility, but also 100% free to use.

1. Latte Dock

Latte Dock is an open source dock app developed for KDE Plasma. It was designed using plasma frameworks to provide users with a consistent User Experience by completely replacing the desktop panels.

Latte Dock‘s features include multi-monitor support, auto-hide, customizability with fonts, zoom effects, blur effects, and themes. Learn more about Latte Dock.

Latte Dock for KDE Plasma

Latte Dock for KDE Plasma

To install Latte Dock, you must have KDE Plasma installed.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rikmills/latte-dock
$ sudo apt update 
$ sudo apt install latte-dock

2. Dash to Dock

Dash to Dock is an open source extension developed to turn the GNOME shell into a dock from the typical app overview menu which in turn speeds up the rate of switching between desktops and open apps.

Dash to Dock‘s features includes ease of use, integration support with desktop notifications, timers, etc., windows previews, and multiple monitor support.

Dash to Dock for Gnome Desktop

Dash to Dock for Gnome Desktop

Learn more about Dash to Dock.

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3. Plank

Plank is a beautiful and arguably the simplest dock you’ll ever use. Its goal is to provide users with only what is required of a dock and nothing more and it ships with some Ubuntu derivatives by default e.g. Ubuntu Mate. What’s even cooler is that it has a library with which you can create other docks with extra functionality.

Plank Dock for Ubuntu

Plank Dock for Ubuntu

Install Plank dock from the default repositories on Ubuntu and its derivatives.

$ sudo apt install plank

4. tint2

tint2 is a highly customizable panel for Xorg that can be configured to display a system tray, battery monitor, task list, and a range of usage options such as displaying all open applications in specific or all desktops, display multiple instances of the same application, display output for user commands, etc.

Tint2 Taskbar for Linux

Tint2 Taskbar for Linux

Install tint2 from the default repositories on Ubuntu and its derivatives.

$ sudo apt-get install tint2

5. Docky

Docky is a beautiful, customizable MacOS-like dock for Linux distros. It is easy to use and allows users to add apps to the launcher together with choices from an array of docklets (docky widgets) for displaying information such as a clock, weather, and CPU usage.

Docky in Ubuntu

Docky in Ubuntu

Install Docky from the default repositories on Ubuntu and its derivatives.

$ sudo apt-get install docky

6. Cairo Dock

Cairo Dock is a beautiful dock designed to run in virtually any Desktop Environment. It is fast, lightweight, easily customizable through its customization menu, and has notification support for all applications you add to it.

Cairo-Dock for Ubuntu

Cairo-Dock for Ubuntu

Install Cairo Dock using following PPA on Ubuntu and its derivatives.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cairo-dock-team/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

7. Avant Window Navigator

Avant Window Navigator has excellent support for themes coupled with the ability to embed external applets with ease.

Avant Window Navigator

Avant Window Navigator

Install Avant Window Navigator (AWN) from the default repositories on Ubuntu and its derivatives.

$ sudo apt-get install awn

8. DockBarX

DockBarX is a flexible taskbar designed as a replacement for DockX as well as an Avant Window Navigator applet, a panel applet for GNOME, Mate, and Xfce.

DockbarX for Ubuntu

DockbarX for Ubuntu

Install DockBarX using following PPA on Ubuntu and its derivatives.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xuzhen666/dockbarx
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install dockbarx

9. KSmoothDock

KSmoothDock is a functional open source macOS-inspired desktop panel designed for KDE Plasma with parabolic zooming effects for the application menu, pager, launchers, and task manager.

KSmoothDock

KSmoothDock

10. Simdock

Simdock is another macOS-inspired, Avant Window Navigator-like dock with pseudo-transparency designed to be simple to use. Its features include customized launchers, smart implementation of Xrandr, MacOS-like zoom effects, and working without a compositing window manager.

Simdock - Deskbar for Linux

Simdock – Deskbar for Linux

Install Simdock using following PPA on Ubuntu and its derivatives.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:onli/simdock
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install simdock

So there you have it folks, the best free docks for your Linux machine. Let me know what you think about the list and feel free to add your suggestions in the discussion section.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.