DockBarX - Windows 7 Like Task Bar For Ubuntu

Many People liked the new task bar introduced in Windows 7.  If you don't believe me you can see this lifehacker's poll on "Best Application Dock".

There is similar bar in Linux by the name "DockBarX".

I have been reading about it from long time back but I was very lazy to give it a try. Also I never believed it would be very smooth and bug free.

However, I decided to give it a try and believe it or not now I am very big fan of it. It is a powerful program in a sense that you can configure multiple options like grouping, pinning applications, themes, click actions and so on. It has worked flawlessly for me.

If you also want to give it a try install it by:
  1. Open terminal
  2. Add the dockbarx source:
    • If you are using Karmic

      • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dockbar-main/ppa

    • If you are using older version than Karmic

      • echo 'deb ubuntu_version main' | sudo tee -a  /etc/apt/sources.list
        sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 38BD81CA
  3. sudo aptitude update
  4. sudo aptitude install dockbarx
  5. killall -9 gnome-panel
  6. Now right click in the empty area of your gnome-panel and click 'Add to Panel'
  7. Select docbarx from the list
  8. You may wan to remove your window list by right clicking on the far left and selecting remove


  1. Excellent stuff, thanks for this walk through.

  2. Excellent tips I appreciate you gave that information, that's a great to mix windows 7 objects in ubuntu interface.

  3. Amazing post! I have been talking with my friend about, he though it is really interesting as well. Keep on writing this type of great stuff.


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