How To Install and Uninstall | Pluckeye

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  1. Visit
  2. Click the big “Download” button.
  3. If a window pops up, click “Save” or “Save File”.
  4. Click on the name of the downloaded file. It will look something like “pluckeye-windows-0.99.60.exe”. Where it appears depends on your browser:
    • If you are using Chrome, it should appear near the bottom of the window.
    • If you are using Firefox, click on the download arrow near the top right of the window. The downloaded file should appear at the top of the download list.
  5. Close all Chrome and Firefox windows that you have open.
  6. Follow the instructions in the installation wizard, clicking “Next” to proceed through each step.
  7. Restart your browsers. In Chrome or Firefox (or both if you have both), you should see a button with the Pluckeye ‘P’ on it near the top right.


  1. Close all Chrome and Firefox windows.
  2. Open Add/Remove Programs in Windows. How you do this depends on which version of Windows you are using:
    • In Windows XP: Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs
    • In Windows Vista or 7: Control Panel > Programs and Features
    • In Windows 8, 8.1, or 10: Start button > type “uninstall” > select “Uninstall a Program”
  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-0.99.60.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



Step 1: Download

In Chrome:

  1. Visit
  2. Click the big “Download” button.
  3. Save the file, noting where you save it (usually the Downloads folder) and the file name (e.g., pluckeye-linux-0.99.60.tar.gz).

Step 2: Extract and run the installer

Method 1: Extracting with the default unarchiver

a. Navigate to where you saved the file (often 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 in the blank space in the folder where you saved the file and select “Open in Terminal”. This will open a terminal window in the folder.

d. In the terminal window, type: sudo ./pluckeye-linux*.installer and press enter. Type your password and press enter. (Replace the asterisk with the version number in the original file name, e.g. ./pluckeye-linux-0.99.60.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.

Method 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.” (This is the case if your terminal says 7z: command not found.)

    In Debian or Ubuntu, you can install 7-Zip by typing sudo apt install p7zip-full in the terminal. See this tutorial page for more.

  • “I don’t have sudo.” (This is the case if your terminal says sudo: command not found.)

    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 (and pressing enter) in the terminal before running the installer, although this is not recommended. Running terminal commands as root can damage your system if done incorrectly.

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

    First set the delay to 0:

       pluck delay 0

    Once your old delay has elapsed, then the delay will become 0 and you can uninstall:

       pluck export | grep -i delay
       pluck uninstall