Installing Plank Dock on Debian Jessie

Plank is the dock which features in the very nicely presented Ubuntu distro Elementary linux. I recently switched from Docky as I like Planks simplicity. This is what was required.

Get the latest tar.xz from

Install dependencies

Then compile and install

Lastly run (to update shared libraries)

Lastly if you’re running openbox like I am (a la Crunchbang) add the following to your file


  • Josephscade

    Nice tutorial, thank you !

  • Adrian

    Golden, thanks!

  • McPcholkin

    Thank You.
    It help on Debian
    I just use checkinstall

    and create some folders (checkinstall fails without it)

    mkdir -p /usr/local/share/icons/hicolor/128×128 /usr/local/share/icons/hicolor/16×16 /usr/local/share/icons/hicolor/22×22 /usr/local/share/icons/hicolor/24×24 /usr/local/share/icons/hicolor/32×32 /usr/local/share/icons/hicolor/48×48 /usr/local/share/icons/hicolor/64×64 /usr/local/share/plank/themes /usr/local/etc/apport /usr/local/share/apport /usr/local/share/glib-2.0/schemas /usr/local/share/vala /usr/local/lib/plank

  • Khaleeb

    Just don’t be an idiot like me and make sure you open the terminal in the folder you extracted the files into.

  • teguh


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