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Cairo-dock and Cairo-dock plugins are available from the AUR and are installed using yaourt or makepkg.

Yaourt installation

To install the core packages:

$ yaourt -S cairo-dock 

The core packages provides only the strict minimum to run cairo-dock. To use applets, animations, views, effects and dialogs with the dock you will also need the plugin packages:

$ yaourt -S cairo-dock-plug-ins

To install the latest BZR snapshot packages:

Warning: These packages are unstable and should be used at own risk
$ yaourt -S cairo-dock-bzr cairo-dock-plugins-bzr 


Running the dock

To do a standard run:

$ cairo-dock &

The first time your run cairo-dock, a startup message will prompt you to run it using OpenGL backend or Cario backend. Optionally, you can specify which backend to use when running cairo-dock. Specifying a backend will suppress the startup message.

To run with OpenGL backend

$ cairo-dock -o

To run with Cairo backend

$ cairo-dock -c
Tip: All using ATI graphics cards should use this option

Running the dock at startup

Depending on which DE or WM is being used, the methods are different.

General Method

Run cairo-dock and right-click the dock > Cairo-Dock > Launch Cairo-Dock on startup. The setting will be stored in Template:Filename and used the next time you login.


Add the following to Template:Filename.

cairo-dock &

Configuring the dock

To configure the dock, right-click the dock > Cairo-Dock > Configure


Two instances of cairo-dock running

This is most likely a result of your session being saved and being runned at next startup.


If you are starting the dock from Template:Filename, remove the file

$ rm ~/.config/autostart/cairo-dock-cairo.desktop

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