Avant Window Navigator

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Avant Window Navigator (AWN) is a lightweight dock written in C. It has support for launchers, task lists and third party applets.


Additional dependencies

The most of the applets require some additional packages, which are listed in optdepends. Make sure that you installed them before enable an applet:

Applet name Dependencies Optional dependences
animal-farm fortune-mod
battery upower
comics python2-feedparser python2-rsvg
cairo-clock python2-rsvg python2-dateutil
calendar python2-dateutil python2-gdata python2-vobject
cpufreq gnome-applets
dialect python-xklavierAUR
feeds python2-feedparser
hardware-sensors python2-rsvg hddtemp lm_sensors
media-control banshee
media-player gstreamer0.10-python
mail python2-feedparser
slickswitcher python2-wnck python2-gconf
stacks python2-libgnome python2-gnomedesktop
thinkhdaps python2-pyinotify
tomboy-applet tomboy
volume-control gstreamer0.10-python


To fully utilize AWN and it's themes, you will need a composite manager like Compiz, Xcompmgr or Cairo Compmgr installed and configured correctly. If you are running AWN in a desktop environment like GNOME, Xfce or KDE, simply enable the composite manager or the desktop effects in the system settings. The composite option in X is enabled by default.


Run Awn in the background:

$ avant-window-navigator &

To launch AWN at startup, check Start Awn automatically option in Dock Preferences dialog (see below), or add the following command to the autostart file: avant-window-navigator --startup &


To configure AWN applets, themes and general settings, run:

$ awn-settings

or right-click the dock and go to Dock Preferences.

Tips and tricks

External applets


You may want to try DockbarX, a task manager applet with advanced behaviour configuration and support for window previews. It is available from the AUR: dockbarxAUR.

See also