Is there a way that I may backup the Ubuntu dock launcher?

I have Ubuntu 18.04, but I like to get Ubuntu 19.10. I want to keep all my settings and everything. Is that possible ?


You can use the dconf dump command to backup all the options for Ubuntu Dock as follows

dconf dump /org/gnome/shell/extensions/dash-to-dock/

You can also save them to a file as follows

dconf dump /org/gnome/shell/extensions/dash-to-dock/ > /path/to/ubuntu-dock.backup

(replace /path/to/ by an actual proper path, you can also use any other name instead of ubuntu-dock.backup).

It is possible to restore the backed up options as follows

dconf load /org/gnome/shell/extensions/dash-to-dock/ < /path/to/ubuntu-dock.backup

but however, I would not recommend it as you're most likely going to face an incompatibility issue as the versions of Ubuntu Dock in those two Ubuntu releases are not the same. Instead it would be more reasonable to carefully examine the differences between the options for a freshly installed Ubuntu release and the backed-up one and manually make changes accordingly.

Also, you can get the list of the pinned apps (added to favourites) by any of the following commands

dconf read /org/gnome/shell/favorite-apps


gsettings get org.gnome.shell favorite-apps
  • Thanks ! .... I will just wait until the next stable LTS version of Ubuntu then. – Christian Bearsly Clark Nov 30 '19 at 12:10
  • Just to clarify, it's not about LTS-vs-non-LTS btw. This would apply for the next LTS release too. The key point is the versions of the dock is different between the releases, so the idea of backing up settings from one version and blindly restoring in another version may lead to problems. – pomsky Nov 30 '19 at 13:29
  • No Worries ! I just upgraded to 19.04 and it kept all my apps @ the dock. Only Ocenaudio is not running ...all my other apps are run great. This new update to 19.04 is much BETTER than 18.04 LOL – Christian Bearsly Clark Nov 30 '19 at 14:55

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