Wednesday, 19 November 2014

How to... Install Plank Settings on Ubuntu 14.04 / 14.10 / 15.04 ...::: UPDATED: March 22, 2016 :::...

Plank Settings interface

How to...

Install Plank Settings on Ubuntu 14.04 / 14.10 / 15.04 based systems.
An simple Plank Dock configuration tool...


...:::  Updated: March 22, 2016  :::...



Please, visit our latest article to restore Plank preferences (settings).

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In this article, we show you step by step the procedure to install Plank Settings, for take control and manage your Plank dock.

Plank Settings it's a small and simple configuration tool, that allows you to manage and config your Plank dock. With this tool, you can manage:
  • The theme of the dock
  • The size of the icons
  • The hide mode of the dock
  • The position of the screen
  • The alignment
  • The dock presence in the workspaces
  • Lock the icons
  • Pressure reveal 

This is the early stages of this tool, and as the developer mention on the is webpage, it may have some bugs. For that reason, we have tested and used Plank Settings on Xubuntu 14.10 for a quite while, and until now this tool don't gave any problems.

In our article to How to... Change themes on Plank ! we already show, how to config Plank on Ubuntu based systems, but in this particular case using a terminal with command lines. Despite being an easy, and fast process isn't as intuitive and eye-candy as using the interface of Plank Settings.

Plank Dock and Plank Settings


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Before we start, its essential that you have Plank dock already installed on your system. If you don't have Plank dock installed, view our article How to... install Plank dock on Ubuntu based systems.

You can install Plank Settings by two methods, by using the terminal or downloading the file and install.

Installing using a Terminal
  • Open a terminal
  • Copy and paste the follow command lines into your terminal
    • wget gnome-look.org/CONTENT/content-files/167701-planksettings_0.0-2_all.deb
    • sudo gdebi 167701-planksettings_0.0-2_all.deb
Note: You must have gdebi installed on your system. If don't have installed just copy and paste on a terminal the following command line, to install gdebi:      sudo apt-get install gdebi

Downloading and install the file using gdebi

Source: Gnome-Look

  • Open your file manager, and go to the location where you just store Plank Settings file.
    The file must be like: 167701-planksettings_0.0-2_all.deb
    • By default this file will use Software Center available in your system to install Plank Settings, but we recommend that you use gdebi
    • gdebi is a faster and easier way to install local .deb files in to your system, and also install deb packages resolving and installing their dependencies. To install gdebi, just follow the instructions above.
  • Click with the right mouse button on the file, and select gdebi to install.
    • The gdebi interface will appear, then just follow the few steps to finish the installation.

Click on the button " Install Package" to proceed with the installation.

    • After you confirm the installation, a pop up window will appear to insert your system password

gdebi will confirm if the installation is succeeded or failed

Plank Settings is installed, now how can you start this tool?
  • Go to your menu or Applications Menu, then search in sub-menu Accessories* or System Settings*, and click on the Plank Settings Logo
    * Depending on the distro that you have, you will find in one of this sub-menus
  • Open a Terminal, and write:
    •  planksettings.gambas  ( ... and press the enter key )
  • Place an icon of Plank Settings, in to the Plank dock
    • Open your file manager
    • Go to the directory:
      •  /usr/share/applications
    • With the mouse grab the Plank Settings icon and drag to Plank dock

Thunar file manager

Plank dock on Xubuntu 14.10




This tutorial has video support in our Youtube channel, 
as a way to help accomplish the install of this application.

In only 1 Minute Tutorial, we show how to install "Plank Settings".
Feel free to watch, and to subscribe.

How to install Plank Settings







Plank Settings Icon - Moka Icon Theme

  • Developer / Maintainer
    • Donald Pakkies
  • Written
    • Gambas 3
  • Development status
    • Active
  • Supported Operating Systems
    • Ubuntu based systems
      • 14.04 / 14.10 / 15.04 editions
  • Latest Release
    • 0.0-2, on November 04, 2014
  • License
    • GPL
  • Cost
    • Free



If you install this application, install at your own risk. We disclaim any responsibility inherent to the same.