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.


Install the avant-window-navigator-gitAUR package. The awn-extras-appletsAUR package provides additional applets.

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


To fully utilize AWN and is themes, you will need a composite manager like Compiz or Xcompmgr 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 autostart the command 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