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Cairo-dock is a highly customizable dock written in C.


cairo-dock is available from the AUR.

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

You can also try the latest BZR snapshot packages: Template:Package AUR and Template:Package AUR.

Warning: The BZR packages are unstable and should be used at own risk.


Running the dock

Run as default:

$ cairo-dock &

This will generate a startup message that will ask you to choose a backend for the current session (OpenGL or Cairo). There is an option to remember the choice and if not choosing to remember the choice, a startup message will be generated each time cairo-dock is run without backend options. To supress the startup message, you can specify which backend to use when running cairo-dock by specifying it as an option.

Run with OpenGL backend

$ cairo-dock -o &

Run with Cairo backend

$ cairo-dock -c &
Tip: All using ATI graphics cards should use this option. Some cards/drivers does not support OpenGL, which may prevent cairo-dock from running correctly.

Running the dock at startup

This depends on which DE or WM that is being used.


Run cairo-dock and right-click the dock > Cairo-Dock > Launch Cairo-Dock on startup. The settings will be stored in Template:Filename and sourced 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 cairo-dock instances running

This is most likely a result of sessions being saved and being runned at next login.


If you are starting the cairo-dock from Template:Filename - remove autostart files generated by cario-dock:

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

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