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ActiveDock 2

Customizable Dock for Mac, Application Launcher, Apple Dock Replacement

Problem: macOS Dock is the command center for your Mac. With Apple Dock you can run applications, switch between apps, open documents and links.
Unfortunately, Apple Dock lacks many useful features such as Window Management and Switching between Windows, appearance Customization, Hiding app icons.

Solution: ActiveDock is a full replacement for Apple Launchpad and Dock with many new features.

ActiveDock allows grouping of documents and apps, quicker switching between apps and windows, manage windows right from Window Previews panel.

Also, you can customize the appearance of icons and the dock itself as you need. At the same time ActiveDock looks and behaves just like Apple Dock so you won’t need to get used to it. It’s the same Dock, but better, and will be even better with every new version.

It is also a great alternative to legacy Hyperdock, uBar, cDock, Dragthins and other similar applications.


Requires macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or later. macOS 14.0 (Sonoma) and Apple Silicon fully supported.

Last updated January 30, 2024. Current version: 2.601 (2601)

Troubleshooting? Or need more information? Please read the documentation!


Save time while working with many applications and windows

You have many running apps and windows open?
Switching between them taking too much time?
With the help of Window Preview you can quickly find the window you need,
place it wherever you need and quickly switch to it.

Be more productive and organized

Groups and Folders can help you to organize elements
by topics (design, development, copywriting) and to reduce chaos.

Fast access to applications and documents you need

Customizable Start Menu and custom icons allow you to find apps,
files or folders you need, saving you time.
Additionally, with Folder Views and Groups feature you will have the most important files right at hand.

Fewer distractions whilst working

Display only what’s really important and hide everything else that is not required for your current task.

Customizable appearance and custom icons for apps

With the help of custom themes, you can make your Dock unique.
Custom icon sets will not only make your Dock beautiful
but will also allow you to find the app you need faster.

Window Previews and Window Management

With Window Previews feature you can quickly find the window you need,
switch between windows or place windows to the front of the screen.

ActiveDock 2 Window Preview Screenshot

Customizable Appearance
and Custom Icons for Apps and Folders

With the help of custom themes you can make your Dock unique.
Custom icons for apps not only make your Dock beautiful, but also allow you to find apps you need quickly.

Custom Icons for Apps and Folders

ActiveDock 2: Customizable Appearance and Custom Icons for Dock Items

Groups and Folders

Organize apps and documents into Folders and Groups.

Folder View feature allows you to add to the Dock a stack with the contents of your chosen folder for quick access.

Groups feature allows to create a virtual folder in the Dock or Start Menu with the links to any file you need.

Read more in the Documentation

ActiveDock Screenshot: Grops and Folders

Start Menu – Application Launcher

Allows you to quickly start apps, open documents and folders.

ActiveDock Screenshot: Start Menu to Launch Applications

Multiple-monitor support

(Available only in Pro Lifetime version)

ActiveDock: Multiple-monitor support

Placement on any side of the screen and in any position

Hiding and excluding Applications from the Dock

With ActiveDock you can exclude hidden apps from the Dock,
or add some apps to the exclude list to completely hide them from the Dock
to avoid any distractions in your work.

ActiveDock: Hiding Dock Icons


macOS 13 Ventura

Compatible with the latest macOS Ventura.


Apple Silicon

Native support for Apple Silicon and Intel Chips


John Big Fan of Active Dock 2. Here’s why. As far as I can tell, it’s the only OS X dock app that meets my specific use case. As a best practice, having the dock on the vertical edge (left or right) makes the most sense as it takes away almost no useable resolution. I am right-handed so I like the dock on the left side. It’s also under the Apple logo for convenience. (Note: It takes a few days to get used to it, but then it’s worth it.) Now, when I use two monitors, the “second” one is to my left. Unfortunately, the native OS X dock does not give me the choice of which screen I want the dock to appear. It just puts it on the second monitor, left hand side. Enter Active Dock 2. The app has more precision on the screen where it appears. So, I can put the AD2 dock on the left side of my main monitor and have the native doc on the left side of the second monitor. Now, you can’t be a power user without some improvement suggestions. There’s a biggie and a little one…

All in all, AD2 works as advertised and covers my use case almost perfectly.

John Big Fan of Active Dock 2


I’ve use many application launchers (including DockShelf, and uBar 4), but none are as fast and flexible as ActiveDock. ActiveDock is the most adaptable and useable Dock replacement I’ve had the pleasure to use. And, each version just keeps getting better!Richard Guay

I used your app for about 5 minutes before deciding it is well worth paying for a lifetime licenseNestor Rybczuk
It is great to be able to customise the dock again which has been difficult since 10.6.8. Excellent personal support! Thank you.David O'Connor
I had uBar before, but that was too windows-y for me, ActiveDock really brings the functionality to the Mac interface. Good job!Mirko Kranenburg


Powerful alternative to Apple’s macOS dock. All things considered, ActiveDock is an excellent alternative to the default macOS dock, especially since it comes with extra features such as window previews, dock themes, and a very handy start menu applet.

Sergiu Gatlan

ActiveDock Pricing

Perpetual license for 2 Macs
One-time payment
Standard license (for ActiveDock 1.xx)
All ActiveDock 2.xx updates
Standard Support

Note this is a one-time fee (not a subscription) and NOT includes VAT/sales tax if applicable.

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Requires macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or later. macOS 14.0 (Sonoma) and Apple Silicon fully supported.

Troubleshooting? Or need more information? Please read the documentation!

Last updated January 30, 2024. Current version: 2.601 (2601)


Q: Does ActiveDock support multiple monitors?
A: Yes, of course (see above Multiple-monitor support)

Q: Does ActiveDock support Touch bar on Macbock Pro
A: No, this feature will be available in version 3

Q: Is it safe to use ActiveDock?
A: Yes, of course, ActiveDock does not replace any system files and does not require disable SIP (System Integrity Protection), unlike cDock and other applications.

Q: Does ActiveDock support macOS Catalina, Monterey, Ventura?
A: Yes, of course, ActiveDock is fully compatible with macOS Catalina, Monterey, Ventura, before distribution, each version notarized and verifed by Apple, which guarantees the absence of malware read more

Q: Does ActiveDock allow creating several panels (docks)?
A: No, but you can try my other MultiDock app

Q: Is there any documentation?
A: The documentation is available when downloading ActiveDock (in a dmg file) and is also available here

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Q:There’s another problem

A:Troubleshooting? Or need more information? Please read the documentation!

Troubleshooting? Or need more information? Please read the documentation!

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