How To Install Plank on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Plank on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Plank on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Plank is the default dock app on Elementary OS used for launching applications. It is easy to edit and rearrange the applications present on it without the need to edit its configuration file.  It can be easily installed on other Ubuntu-based systems.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Plank dock on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for Plank.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Plank on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Plank.

By default, the Composer is not available on Ubuntu 22.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to add the Plank PPA  repository to your Ubuntu 16.04 system:

add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/docky
apt-get update

After successfully added repository, now we install Plank packages using the following command below:

sudo apt-get install plank

Step 3. Accessing Plank on Ubuntu.

After installation is done, open the ‘Plank’ app from the Unity Dash (or equivalent App Menu in the desktop environment you’re using) and you’re away:

Install Plank on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Or run “plank” command in Terminal. (without quotes):


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Plank. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Plank on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Plank website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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