Archives For Lightweight Dock Launcher

Plank 0.11.4, another maintenance release of 0.11.x “Eddy”, was released a dozen hours ago.

The 0.11.4 release of this simplest dock fixed underscores in some menu items not being shown, and plank adding an extra icon when trying to empty trash. See the changelog:

  • Fix underscores not being shown in some menu items (LP: #1662968)
  • Make window-manager aware that empty-trash dialog is part of plank (LP: #1652653)
  • Fix build with -Werror=pointer-to-int-cast, -Werror=format, -Werror=implicit-function-declaration
  • Generate manpage with help2man
  • Update appdata
  • Update translations

plank

How to Install Plank 0.11.4 in Ubuntu via PPA:

The Plank Testing PPA has built the packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and Ubuntu 17.04. The testing package works well enough that it shouldn’t be a problem for daily use.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for “terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/docky

plank docy ppa

2. After typing your password and hitting enter. Run commands to update and install plank:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install plank

Tip: Although the package marked as 0.11.3+bzr1597, it contains all the changes in plank 0.11.4.

How to Remove:

The PPA can be removed by going to Software & Updates -> Other Software tab. And to remove plank, run command:

sudo apt-get remove plank

Plank Dock

Elementary OS Freya provides only 2 themes, the default transparent and Matte, for its Plank dock launcher by default.

For those who want to try more themes, Ken Harkey has made 13 Plank themes into PPA available for Ubuntu 14.04 and Elementary OS Freya. Here are the screenshot for some of them.

Plank Theme Camilaes

Plank Theme Camilaes

Plank Theme Capeos

Plank Theme Capeos

Plank Theme Chameleon

Plank Theme Chameleon

Plank Theme Cratos Lion

Plank Theme Cratos Lion

Plank Theme Darktheon

Plank Theme Darktheon

Plank Theme Pantiva

Plank Theme Pantiva

Plank Theme Paperterial

Plank Theme Paperterial

How to install these themes:

Open terminal from the launcher, and run below command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:justsomedood/justsomeelementary

ele-tweaks-ppa

After that, refresh system cache and install the themes via:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install plank-theme-*

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package for each theme from HERE.

To change your Plank theme, you may install Elementary Tweaks from PPA via blew command, or get it here:

sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks

Then launch System Settings -> Tweaks -> Plank and select a theme from the drop-down box after Theme:

ele-tweaks

Plank Dock

Plank, a lightweight dock launcher, has reached the 0.9.0 release recently with some new features, such as Window Dodge auto-hide and hide/un-hide time delay.

Rico Tzschichholz announced the release on launchpad.net:

“Kanker” is our new feature and bug-fix release on the way to 1.0.

Most notable is that there are now some nice and smooth animations while items are added or removed. Besides that it is possible to set a HideDelay and the good old WindowDodge hide-mode got added. Plank now provides a simple dbus-interface with some methods for remote-controlling. As usual there are changes all over the place which can be studied in the full changelog.

Enjoy,
Plank: Stupidly simple.
Note: There is no stability of ABI/API until further notice!

plank dock preferences

For Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04 and derivatives, plank dock can be easily installed from the developer’s PPA.

Just open terminal and run below commands one by one to add the PPA, refresh system cache, and install plank:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:ricotz/docky

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install plank

Plank Dock

Plank, the simplest OS X-style dock launcher, has reached the 0.8.0 release recently with new feature and bug fixes.

“May” is our new feature and bug-fix release on the way to 1.0.

Yet again bunch of more or less subtile bug-fixes and design adjustments. The major feature addition is the integrated settings dialog which is suppose to ease configuring plank and obsolete the need for 3rd party settings tools. Besides that some HiDPI fixes and possible crasher fixes.

Plank Dock Launcher

For the list of fixed bugs:

  • the “folders disappeared and can’t be added again” issue in Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon 2.4
  • Plank crashes intermittently when quitting Thunderbird Mail
  • Elementary OS 0.3 Freya: item-positions not updated in panel-mode
  • Plank cannot handle GVFS URIs on drag-and-drop
  • default window icon in dock is ugly
  • Display “close” in context menu instead of “close all” when single instance is open
  • Don’t show a window list when single instance is open
  • Look for theme data in /usr/share/themes too
  • Use selected-focused background-color for indicators

Install / Upgrade to Plank 0.8.0:

The binary packages have been made into PPA, available for Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and their derivatives.

To add the PPA repository, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal and run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/docky

After that, refresh your system package cache by running:

sudo apt-get update

Finally install or upgrade Plank:

sudo apt-get install plank

That’s it. Enjoy!

OS X style app launcher in Ubuntu

Want the Mac OS X-style Dock application launcher on Ubuntu desktop? Well, Plank is the open-source project to approach the job.

Below is my Unity desktop with Plank dock (Unity Launcher is hidden).

OS X like dock in Ubuntu

Plank is meant to be the simplest dock on the planet. The goal is to provide just what a dock needs and absolutely nothing more.

To install it, open terminal from the Dash (or press Ctrl+Alt+T). When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/docky

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install plank

Above commands add the developer’s PPA, update system cache and finally install the dock. Works on Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, and the two LTS (Ubuntu 14.04 & 12.04).

Once installed, start the dock from the Dash / Menu. You can add app shortcuts by opening an application and then pin the shortcut to dock from its context menu.

To configure the dock, right click on the first icon on the dock and select Preferences. There you can change theme, position, icon size, auto-hide behavior, and more.

Plank dock settings window

There are only 3 themes available by default. You can download & install the Plank Themer to get 25 more themes, just download & install the “plank-themer_***_all.deb” package via Ubuntu Software Center.

To autostart Plank dock at login, open Startup Applications utility from the Dash and add plank into the list.

Autostart Plank