How To Install and Uninstall | Pluckeye

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  1. Visit .
  2. Click the big “Download” button.
  3. In Chrome, hit Ctrl-Shift-Y to view downloads.
  4. Double click on the file you just downloaded (for example, pluckeye-windows-0.38.0.exe) to install Pluckeye.
  5. Close all instances of Chrome.
  6. Click “Next” in the installation wizard as necessary to install.
  7. Restart your browsers. You should see a button with the Pluckeye ‘P’ on it when Chrome restarts.


  1. Close all Chrome windows.
  2. Open Add/Remove Programs in Windows. In various versions of Windows:
    • Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP)
    • Control Panel > Programs and Features (Vista and Windows 7)
    • Start button > type “uninstall”, select “Uninstall a Program” (Windows 8 - 10)
  3. Double click the entry for Pluckeye.

Mac OS X


In Chrome:

  1. Visit .
  2. Click the big “Download” button.
  3. Click Save File.
  4. Click the download arrow, and click on the downloaded file (e.g., pluckeye-macosx-0.40.1.pkg).
  5. Follow the installation wizard prompts.
  6. Restart your browsers.


In Chrome:

  1. Click the Pluckeye button.
  2. Click “Settings”.
  3. On the Settings page, set the delay to 0.
  4. Wait until the delay expires.
  5. Click “Uninstall”.

Alternatively, at a terminal prompt:

pluck delay 0
sleep $(pluck delay)
pluck export | grep -i delay
pluck uninstall

On Linux


Step 1: Download

In Chrome:

  1. Visit .
  2. Click the big “Download” button.
  3. Save File, and note the save location (this is usually the Downloads folder) and the file name (e.g., pluckeye-linux-0.36.1.tar.gz).

Step 2: Extract & Run Install File

Example 1: Extracting with default unarchiver

a. Navigate to your computer’s “Downloads” folder.

b. Right click the Pluckeye file and select “Extract Here.” Once the extraction is complete, you should see a new file named something like pluckeye-linux*.installer. (If you can’t find the file, check your browser’s settings to see which folder is set to contain your downloads. If your browser is set to save files in the Downloads folder, download Pluckeye again, but this time be sure to click “Save File” instead of “Open With.”)

c. Right click a blank space in the Downloads folder and select “Open in Terminal”. This will open a Terminal window in the Downloads folder.

d. In the Terminal window, type the following and press enter: sudo ~/Downloads/pluckeye-linux*.installer Type your password and press enter. (Replace the asterisk with the version number in the original file name, e.g. pluckeye-linux-0.95.9.installer.)

  • “I right-clicked the file, but there was no ‘Extract Here’ option.” (Your windows manager may not have a built-in unarchiver. See the examples below for other alternatives.)

Example 2: Extracting with 7-Zip

a. Open a terminal.

b. In the terminal, extract using 7-Zip (7z).

cd ~/Downloads
7z x pluckeye-linux-*.**.*.tar.gz

(Replace the asterisks in the example to match the file name of your downloaded Pluckeye file.)

c. In the same terminal window, run the extracted install file.

sudo ~/Downloads/pluckeye-linux-*.**.*.installer

(Replace the asterisks in the example to match the current version numbers as before.)

  • “I don’t have 7-Zip.” (In Debian & Ubuntu, install 7-Zip by typing sudo apt install p7zip-full in the terminal. See this tutorial page for more.)
  • “I don’t have sudo.” (Ubuntu has sudo installed by default, but Debian doesn’t. See this page for more. In the meantime, you can get around sudo by installing as root by entering su root in the terminal before running the installer, although this is not recommended. Running terminal commands as root can damage your system if done incorrectly.)

Example 3: Using Tar Command

a. Open a terminal.

b. In the terminal:

   cd /tmp
   rm -f ./pluckeye*.installer
   for tarball in $HOME/Downloads/pluckeye*.tar.gz; do echo $tarball; done
   tar xf $tarball
   sudo ./pluckeye*.installer

Here is an example terminal session in which jon installs pluckeye-0.36.1 on his Ubuntu computer named theodore.

jon@theodore:~$ cd /tmp
jon@theodore:/tmp$ rm -f ./pluckeye*.installer
jon@theodore:/tmp$ for tarball in $HOME/Downloads/pluckeye*.tar.gz; do echo $tarball; done
jon@theodore:/tmp$ tar xf $tarball
jon@theodore:/tmp$ sudo ./pluckeye*.installer
[sudo] password for jon:
Congratulations, you've installed! Type 'pluck' for help.
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  1. Restart your browsers.


  1. Open a terminal.
  2. In the terminal:

    First set the delay to 0

       pluck delay 0

    Once the delay becomes 0, then uninstall.

       pluck export | grep -i delay
       pluck uninstall