This maybe a stupid question, with easy fix. But I searching around to no avail.

I'm unable to change docky configuration, I tried opening the docky setting on the dock, but the option to make it hide was grayed out.

Docky settings

How would I modify the option ? Or is the Docky project really dead, before Docky I'm using Plank but it doesn't have animation. If Plank has animation, I would stay with that.

FYI: I install it with sudo apt install docky

  • Please mention the version of Lubuntu. And the last release seems to be from 2015-09-02 according to the Launchpad page. – DK Bose Mar 13 '19 at 9:50
  • I use Lubuntu 18.04 – Liso Mar 13 '19 at 9:56
  • One of Docky's developers is keeping Plank development going: launchpad.net/~ricotz/+archive/ubuntu/… – DK Bose Mar 13 '19 at 9:58
  • I used Plank before and it's good, but their dock is static, I want it to have animation. – Liso Mar 13 '19 at 10:00
  • There's a small animation at the time of loading an appllcation: youtu.be/FPSIh2VRrvY?t=290. I guess you want an animation when you hover over an icon in the panel. I don't use Docky or Plank and so I hope someone else comes along to help! – DK Bose Mar 13 '19 at 10:11

To make Plank show animation on hover with Compton as the compositor

Open a terminal and run plank --preferences

You'll get a window looking like this:

Plank preferences to set animation on hover

You can adjust the value of Icon zoom to suit your needs.


  • Lubuntu 18.04 comes with its own compositor called Compton which you can start from Menu > Accessories > compton.
  • There's also a very nice interface for adjusting Compton's settings. This GUI is called Window Effects and is found under Menu > Preferences > Window Effects.
  • Once you start Compton make the changes you want in Window Effects, go to Menu > Preferences > Default applications for LXSession and in the window that opens, add Compton to your Autostart as in the image below.

Setting Compton to Autostart

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  • Is compton Lubuntu default apps ? I never noticed it ! – Liso Mar 13 '19 at 11:58
  • I already done what you did, but Plank doesn't enlarge when hover. – Liso Mar 14 '19 at 13:01
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    xD my bad, I changed the configuration and it worked perfectly now. Thanks Dk – Liso Mar 14 '19 at 13:05
  • Plus, compton needs to run. I was about to upload a small video to YouTube so that you could see it working! – DK Bose Mar 14 '19 at 13:10
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    Plank now behaves the want I want, thank you so much. – Liso Mar 14 '19 at 13:13

After searching around, it turns out Docky require compositing in order to work properly, and compositing reside in Compiz window manager.

So I tried to find the workaround, and found the fix:

sudo apt install xcompmgr


sudo apt install compton ###I USE THIS

Both will apply compositing, which enable Docky full capabilities.

Docky settings after compositing

However, there are price to pay. The compositing made Lubuntu desktop buggy, for example:

  • Desktop background only shows gray color.
  • Screen tearing
  • etc.

I guess Im gonna stick with Plank, the dock that works stable on Lubuntu without further hack.

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