cairo-dock - A dock to launch your programs easily.
Cairo-Dock is a light and eye-candy dock to launch your programs
It uses Cairo or OpenGL to render graphics (many in correlation with
Compiz) with full hardware acceleration. It's fully configurable and
fully customisable and can be used as a taskbar too.
You can easily add applets in the dock or as a desklet.
It is recommended to install the PLUG-INS package ( cairo-dock-plug-ins
) to have acces to more views, dialogs and many plug-ins and applets.
Some screenshots are available :
You can launch Cairo-Dock with several options :
(Note : you can use these options in one block. For example :
cairo-dock -oia )
force Cairo backend (Use this option if you have issue with
the OpenGL mode. It removes the window at startup)
force OpenGL backend (Cairo-Dock with OpenGL. It removes the
window at startup)
use Indirect Rendering mode for OpenGL
-l, --log [option]
log verbosity (options : debug, message, warning, critical,
error - default is 'warning')
For example : cairo-dock -l debug
force to keep the dock above other windows whatever
show the dock in pager
show the dock in taskbar
don't make the dock appear on all desktops
force the window manager to consider Cairo-Dock as a toolbar
rather than as a dock
force the window manager to consider Cairo-Dock as a normal
application rather than as a dock
-e, --env force the dock to consider this environment (gnome, xfce,
etc.) - it may crash the dock if not set properly.
-d, --dir force the dock to load the configuration in this directory
(default is ~/.config/cairo-dock).
allow to edit the config before the dock is started and show
the config panel on startup
don't load any plug-ins and show the theme manager on startup
ask the dock to load additional modules contained in this
directory (though it is unsafe for your dock to load
for debugging purpose only. The crash manager will not be
started to hunt down the bugs.
for debugging purpose only. Some hidden and still unstable
options will be activated.
address of a server containing additional themes. This will
overwrite the default server address.
lock the dock so that any modification is impossible for
Some other options with an output in the terminal :
print version and quit.
Show the help and quit
Cairo-Dock makes anything, including coffee !
Your config files are saved in this repertory. You can use
'-d' option to change it.
Data files for Cairo-Dock.
Binary files for Cairo-Dock and its plug-ins.
Most of the Cairo-Dock project was written by Fabrice Rey (fabounet)
The Cairo-Dock Team is formed by Fabounet (Fabrice Rey), Mav (Yann
Sladek), Tofe (Christophe Chapuis), Nochka85 (Yann Dulieu), Matttbe
(Matthieu Baerts) ChanGFu (Rmy Robertson), Paradoxxx Zero (Florian
Mounier), Necropotame (Adrien Pilleboue), Rom1 (Romain Perol), Ctaf ,
as well as numerous beta testers (ppmt, vilraleur, M.Tasaka, etc. see
the 'About' menu in the dock) !
This manual page was started by Julien Lavergne
<email@example.com>, for the Debian project (but may be used by
Updated by Matthieu Baerts (matttbe) <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Your bug is maybe a recurrent problem (black background, window at
startup (use -c or -o), problem with OpenGL, etc.). Please go to
For any other bugs, you can post them on Cairo-Dock forum
or on Launchpad (https://bugs.launchpad.net/cairo-dock)
< http://glx-dock.org >
Feb. 13, 2010