small dock with pseudo-transparency and good window handling
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This is simdock, an eye-candy deskbar for Linux.

simdock example


  • Starters in the dock keep track of launched applications, enabling minimizing, raising and cycling through its windows
  • Transparent background without compositing, which still gets automatically updated when the background changes
  • Fluid animations – icons get bigger when hovered and shortly transparent when clicked
  • Configurable size and icon placement



On launchpad, there is a PPA with daily builds. Add it with

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:onli/simdock

and install simdock

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simdock


Use the overlay with layman

layman -o -f -a onli

and install with emerge

emerge simdock


  1. Install dependencies. Under Ubuntu:

     sudo apt-get install pkg-config libglib2.0-dev libgconf2-dev libgtk2.0-dev libwnck-dev libwxgtk3.0-dev libxcb1-dev libxcb-ewmh-dev xcb-proto librsvg2-dev
  2. Type make to compile

  3. Type sudo make install to install


Start with simdock