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. It is, however, a library which can be extended to create other dock programs with more advanced features. Thus, Plank is the underlying technology for Docky (starting in version 3.0.0) and aims to provide all the core features while Docky extends it to add fancier things like Docklets, painters, settings dialogs, etc.

Install Plank dock on Ubuntu:

For now, ppa:ricotz/docky provides plank packages for Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04, 11.10, 11.04. Open terminal from the dash home or press Ctrl+Alt+T, execute following commands to install plank from ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/docky
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install plank

Configure Plank Dock:

Plank is so lightweight that it doesn’t have a graphical configuration interface. You can configure plank only by editing ~/.config/plank/dock1/settings

To add/remove apps from plank, right-click on icons tick on/off “Keep in Dock”.

For more, edit the configuration file by this command:

gksudo gedit ~/.config/plank/dock1/settings
  • HideMode = 1 means auto hide, set to 0 to disable it.
  • Position = 3 means the dock location. 0 = left, 1= right, 2 = top, 3= bottom.

Change Plank Theme:

Plank theme files hosted under ~/.config/plank/theme/, there’re dock.theme and hover.theme. To change plank theme first backup them, then download themes from here, extract and replace with the new .config folder.