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We've compiled a list of 8 free and paid alternatives to Dzen. The primary competitors include Cairo-Dock, Avant Window Navigator. In addition to these, users also draw comparisons between Dzen and GnomePanel, tint2, Dock. Also you can look at other similar options here: OS and Utilities.

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PyPanel is a lightweight panel/taskbar written in Python and C for X11 window managers.

Dzen is a general purpose messaging, notification and menuing program for X11.

Dzen Overview

Dzen is a general purpose messaging, notification and menuing program for X11. It was designed to be scriptable in any language and integrate well with window managers like dwm, wmii and xmonad though it will work with any window manager.


Small, fast, very tiny set of dependencies (Xlib only by default)
Scriptable in any language
Sophisticated formating language - including colours, icons, graphics
Versatile - display all sorts of information
Interactive - user defined mouse and keyboard actions
Optional XFT support
Optional XINERAMA support

Dzen Features

tick-square Notifications

Dzen Platforms


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Dzen Tags

notifications menu-bar x-server messaging

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