ActiveDock now available on Cydia

By , Feb 24, 2013

ActiveDock — a tweak inspired by the dock featured in OS X — is now available on Cydia for download. Last week, we took an in-depth look at ActiveDock, and determined that it is hands-down better looking than the stock dock in iOS. There are also features for alerting you when an app is launched and when an app receives a notification.

Take a look at our video walkthrough for more information. In the meantime, if you’re browsing this post on your jailbroken iOS device, hit up this link to be taken directly to ActiveDock’s Cydia page. You can find it on the BigBoss repo for $1.99. Be sure to let us know what you think about it in the comments section.

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  • Stijn

    I love this tweak

  • Adel Ali

    Hey Jeff, your talking about 2 different things. “Last week, we took an in-depth look at ActiveDock, and determined that it is hands-down better looking than the stock app switcher in iOS”

    • Jeff

      It was a typo, fixed. Thanks

  • 〖✞ɑʟɑɳ♚〗

    Anyone else having problems with the big boss repo?

    • [RΞCØИ1]

      Yes. Me too

    • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

      o am. Its telling me the packge no longer exists

      • bloodshed

        refresh cydia from the changes left

  • Nathan Entwistle

    I love the concept but there is a light on underneath my phone app and mail app constantly, regardless of if they’re running on the app switcher. Anyone else having this issue?

    • [RΞCØИ1]

      By defaut, the mail and phone app are always running in the background no matter what.

      • triggerfiend

        tweak request: NoBackMail ( stops the mail app from running in background)
        tweak request: Sb toggle for NoBackMail.
        …this comment is just for laughs lol

      • disqusted

        Funny funny… but also true. I have my email accounts set to MANUAL; I only want to check my email when I decide to, not on a timed interval. So for me there’s no reason for mail daemon to be running at all times. And I make about 2 calls a month with my phone. Might as well have gotten an iPod touch but need cellular data! So yeah, for me, these running at all times is pure waste (if they have any significant memory footprint or impact the OS in any taxing way)!

    • Guest

      I’m getting the same sort of quirky behaviour …

  • Chris

    Also having the light issue and no bounce on notifications

    • Surenix

      Can you please explain what light issue and what app on your dock isn’t bouncing?

      • casperboo

        you’ll notice 90% of your users are complaining about no mail and phone bounce and the constant lights on both those apps, which you say you have no control over, so be prepared for a lot of refund requests as this tweak is becoming less useful. It’s a great concept, but with the mail and phone issues, it’s a no go.

      • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

        Dude chill out. This tweak is an eye candy. If the guy is telling you that phone and mail dont bounce put some other apps on your dock that will. I have tweetbot, ebay, facebook, whatsapp, sms, skype. Both phone and mail are always running in the background and cant kill them

      • Lord of Chaos

        That great for you.. But for me i does not matter what app i put on the dock, none of them is bouncing (not Facebook, not WhatsApp, not Mail, not Phone, nothing)… and if i enable “bounce on start” nothing happens as well (no icon bounces). So until now for me this app is useless and i am not happy paying 2$ for nothing as well.. So i hope for a fast bugfix.

      • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

        Im having some issues with icons not bouncing when i put my passcode. I mean i thought that even is the phone was locked, after you see the notification you were able to see the animation after unlocking the device. Usually every project Surenix is involved is a top notch thing. So i will wait until that is fixed and 2 bucks wont make any richer or poor.

  • [RΞCØИ1]

    Too bad it doesn’t work with biteSMS

    • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

      Same thing is happening to me with Quick Replay for whatsapp. I response msgs within the lockscreen and when unlocked, app keeps bouncing even though i already saw the notification and cleared from lockscreen

      • [RΞCØИ1]

        I’m not even getting the bounce effect for a notification with biteSMS.

    • Surenix

      This is a bad bug and will be fixed ASAP.

      • [RΞCØИ1]

        Sweet. Great work on this tweak though. :)

  • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    I cant find it thru Cydia. Sure is already live?

    • [RΞCØИ1]

      Yes, it’s live.

  • Lance Baker

    My messages app icon doesn’t bounce when I get a notification. Also, anyone else notice that the animation of closing an app and going back to the home screen is a little bit jittery when this tweak is enabled. It might drive me crazy.

    • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

      This is because its been just released, so the general population could test it and report bugs. Im pretty sure Fillipo and Surenix will take care of this anytime soon. For Gods sake, the tweak has been live for 5 minutes

  • Joe Benning


  • M

    Can you please make your videos how you used to (real life without that crazy distracting background?) It’s impossible to watch!

  • Joe Benning

    Repo is back up!

  • Ala’a Ghaddaf

    Jeff you always surprise me man.. thumb up..

  • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    Does anyone knows if it works with Cascade or any coverflow effect?

    • Surenix

      Cascade, yes.

      • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal


      • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

        For some reason cascade + activedock was a recipe for disaster. Got one notification and screen went white and had to reboot dfu mode. So im better off with just active dock, maybe in the future i’ll try cover flow effects again.

  • Ashton Sloane

    Jeff, is that intellixscreen x6?

  • f1ght3r

    I can’t get this to work with bitesms. The icon does not bounce after a message. Anyone else have this problem?

    • Surenix

      This is a bug and we’re working on a fix ASAP.

    • Francisco Herrera

      I also am having the same problem. Message icon not bouncing with bite SMS.

  • Utopia

    Nice work as always, Surenix, though I wish you’d update your inPulse theme for iOS 6. :)

    • Surenix

      Thank you :)

      • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

        and dont forget to keep giving on some love to your ayeicon fans

      • Surenix

        Things in the backend are almost done with ayecon.

  • Zeke Gates

    Same issue bouncing icons for notifications.

    • Surenix

      iPhone or iPad?

      • red fable

        the same for me : iphone 4s 6.1.1 & 6.1.2

  • Marlon Garcia

    I’m also having issues with the mail and phone lights not turning off after I close and kill the apps as well as no bouncing on notifications… Is there a bug fix coming up?

    • Surenix

      This is normal. By default in iOS, the and are always open, even when you kill them. Nothing we can do about that.

  • Lester

    It works on my mini but not in my i5

  • Chris

    Surenix. Phone messages and email not bouncing. Light under mail phone always

    • Surenix

      This is normal. By default in iOS, the and are always open, even when you kill them. Nothing we can do about that.

      • casperboo

        well that is a big let down, as I don’t tweet, therefore phone, mail and bitesms are what I want to bounce. If you can’t make phone and mail bounce why did I pay for just having bitesms bounce. :(

  • BrawlBro1

    I find the light on 24/7 annoying. Please implement an option to exclude apps and an option to turn off the light. I just like the theme.

  • Alex

    Nice tweak and work Surenix, but unfortunately after installation my iPhone 5 lags by paging and opening the folders! Can you fix this please? If you need an video, then I will record it!

  • Tsikis Mamalos

    Is it working with infinidock?

    • disqusted

      How did you know my nickname—? “Infant dick”.

      I haven’t tried it yet, so I don’t know if it works with me….


    Cant find the tweak!! Is there a source i have to Add?

  • Guido Wulf

    On my iPhone 5 I’m using Springtomize to hide the dock icon labels. Now with ActiveDock installed the dock icon label for Safari just reappears after I open and close Safari a couple of times. The label will only disappear again after a respring. As an additional info: InfinyDock is also installed.

  • Manolo Prado

    Is this tweak working with folders in the dock…?

    • Surenix

      No—folders are generally too big and heavy.

  • Jae. Just J.

    Will there be an iOS 5.1.1 version?

  • Frank D Asada

    None of my icons bounce on notification only on launch. What a rip off!

    • Surenix

      Is this on an iPad or iPhone?

  • Nick

    Cool waiting on the fix for bite SMS but in all honesty great tweak idea, personally I’d like it if I could disable the dock (although a nice touch) while still having the bouncing notifications active

  • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    I loved this tweak but after i unlock the lockscreed i would like to see my icons bouncing but they dont :( they only bounce as long as im using the phone, in other words when its not locked. Whenever they fix this ill gladly reinstall

  • RonJr☯

    Ya any tweak with fillipo. Good luck getting support. 20 emails no response. Acticedock i get bounce without notification. I ended up turning off. .

  • Nancy Gelfo

    I’m running iOS 7.0.4 and get a message saying unable to purchase because this product is not supported on my iOS system????