Install Cairo Dock 3 in Ubuntu 13.04 12.10 12.04 using PPA

Cairo Dock 3.1.1 has recently been released with new features and bug fixes. Cairo Dock is a Good alternative to Unity, Gnome-Shell, Xfce-panel, KDE-panel or you can also use Cairo Dock along with it. Its a Desktop Interface, which can be customized easily. You can install the Cairo Dock 3.1.1 using PPA.

In this PPA Cairo Dock 3.1.1 is available for Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, 12.04 Precise, 11.10 Oneiric, 11.04 Natty, 10.10 Maverick, 10.04 Lucid, 8.04 Hardy.

To add PPA in Ubuntu

Use the below command in the terminal and issue the password for the user, when prompted.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:cairo-dock-team/ppa

After adding the PPA to your repository, Update it.

sudo apt-get update

To Install Cairo Dock in Ubuntu

Once the update is finished, you can install it by using the following command in the terminal.

sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

That’s it now you can use the Cairo Dock along with Unity. Go to Dash, type cairo and select the Cairo Dock Application from the result. Check the Screen Shot.

Or you can use Cairo Dock alone by logging out and select session Cairo Dock Gnome, and log in.

Hope this will be helpful for you!!!

  • Teddy Donobauer

    Fairly new to Ubutu but slowly bit by bit getting my head around it.. love the cairo dock design and features!

    • Hi Teddy,

      Welcome to HowOpenSource :) yes Cairo Dock is an amazing light weight desktop interface :)

  • Kent Carlenas


    Your instructions work fine on my Macbook (!) with Ubuntu 12.10. But after every startup of the machine I have to go to Dash and type “Cairo” to have the Cairo-dock displayed. Is there a way to have it started automatically at startup. Right-click isn’t present on Macs as you know, and Ctrl-click doesn’t work either. Besides I would like to know if there’s a way to get rid of the original Ubuntu icons in the narrow pane to the left on the screen. I have tried to do this the way you describe it, but I have no “Cairo Dock Gnome” session tp select.

    Best regards
    Kent C

  • Lirani Shraga

    hi, i need help, i use Cairo Dock but my configure change, how can i restart settings?i love love the cairo dock