Dock for Wayland

Hi everyone,

I looked everywhere before asking here. I don’t speak English, so I hope I’m understandable.
I use Manjaro KDE with X11. I would like to use Wayland, but I can’t find a dock that works with it.
Plank and Cairo Dock only work with X11 and other dock bars too. Is there any application I can use?
I tried downloading a Wayland compatible version of Cairo dock from the AUR, but unfortunately it doesn’t work.

Hi @schiavone.raffaele90 and welcome to the Manjaro forum.

In KDE, Latte Dock and works with Wayland.
It can be installed from the official repos:

sudo pacman -S latte-dock

Once installed, find the launcher in the Menu: Utilities/Latte.

ctrl + right-click on the dock will activate the context-menu.

I hope this helps. Cheers.

Latte Dock is a KDE Project from which Plasma panel absorbed many features, it’s currently unmaintained.

As an alternative, you can convert any Plasma panel to act like a dock.

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One could probably make that claim about many projects under the KDE umbrella, with varying accuracy. Except for the core applications, most seem to receive only occasional work; usually all that is needed.

Latte-Dock is a valid choice and functions well with Wayland, as per the OP’s request. And, did I mention, it’s in the official repositories.

One could probably make that claim about many projects under the KDE umbrella, with varying accuracy. Except for the core applications, most seem to receive only occasional work; usually all that is needed.

The project is not removed or archived, it’s kept alive, it’s just that the main maintainer Michail Vourlakos stepped down one year ago.

And because Latte Dock depends on Plasma API which changes from version to another, so many bugs may occur with latest Plasma versions.

A similar story with ghostwriter which is now under the KDE banner; albeit having no KDE dependencies (only Qt).

Latte-Dock:

There is also Latte-Dock-git available from the AUR; although I prefer usually not to point anyone in that direction. Installing from the official repos is always preferred.

sudo pacman -S latte-dock

Cairo-Dock:

The Cairo GLX-Dock with the latest 3.4.x releases seems to be finally addressing Wayland. How advanced that support may be currently, I can’t say.

Install from the official repo (extra):

sudo pacman -S cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

As far as I can tell, docks that fully support Wayland seem to be generally in short supply. Be sure to let us know if you find anything interesting.

I use KDE with Wayland.

Latte-Dock would probably be my choice if I wanted the full dock experience, though keep in mind as @medmedin already mentioned, some of Latte-Dock’s functionality has already been included in KDE, and might be sufficient for your needs.

I hope this helps. Cheers.

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