4 Docks for Linux Mint

Plank

Plank is an application that allows us to have a dock in Ubuntu, in a quick and simple way. It’s pretty and fast indeed.

Plank is available in the official Linux Mint repositories. We just have to open a terminal and execute the command:

sudo apt install plank

 

In addition to being a very configurable dock, Plank allows the insertion of plugins, which greatly extends the possibilities of this dock.

Tip: You can customize Plank with additional themes using Plank themer  . To install plank themer add the following repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps
sudo apt-get install plank-themer
cd /tmp/ && ./Replace.sh;cd
 Then run the settings panel with the following command:
plank --preferences

What do I like ?

  • It’s lightweight
  • it displays a point for opened windows
  • Themes are good (though not included)

Cairo Dock

Cairo is a highly configurable dock, customizable through several themes ready to download and also allows you to place different applets that offer us different information, such as a specific one for weather. If you want to try it, it is available in Linux Mint software center,

sudo apt install cairo-dock

More information on Cairo-dock here .

From the Cairo-dock extras page you can drag and drop links to the dock and plugins will be automatically installed . If you are using the latest version , use the 3.4.x plug-ins.  This is a pretty feature. You can install plugins for Twitter, RSS , Web search, Calendar and more.

Extras page: http://glx-dock.org/mc_album.php?a=12

Here you can find a complete guide to setup and use cairo-dock.

What do I like ?

  • Themes are good.
  • Fully customizable
  • Plugins are good.

What I don’t like ?

  • It’s not lightweight , sometimes its animations fail.

Docky

Docky is a dock that works very well, is simpler than the previous ones, it does not support so much personalization, but it makes it works very well and it’s pretty fast. It may be changed to Panel mode (using the whole screen wide) or 3D Background. Also it has docklets to include in your dock and options to auto-hide. You can drag-and-drop icons to the dock and they’ll be added as launchers :

sudo apt install docky

What do I like ?

  • It’s lightweight
  • Themes included are good
  • Settings dialog box

What I don’t like ?

  • it doesn’t displays a point for opened windows
  • Docky icon is always present.

 

AWN

The project seems to be abandoned but it could be installed on Linux Mint. It’s very fast and easy to configure , also it’s easy to add new launchers dropping application icons to the bar. Some features seem to fail (like settings and “about” windows).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator

 

DockbarX

It is a lightweight dock too , and pretty customizable. It has its own configuration app , and could run as a panel . When you start , it’s just a little bit difficult add new launchers , but its a very good dock.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dockbarx dockbarx-themes-extra