See also frequently asked questions (faq) and never asked questions.

How do I block youtube every 20 minutes throughout the day?

Plucky limits the internal representation of rules to somewhere around 256 characters. Very long schedules will break this.

Fortunately, when rules can be broken into pieces fairly easily.

E.g.,

pluck + when 0900-0920,0940-1000,1020-1040,1100-1120,1140-1200,1220-1240 allow youtube.com
pluck + when 1300-1320,1340-1400,1420-1440,1500-1520,1540-1600,1620-1640 allow youtube.com
pluck + when 1700-1720,1740-1800,1820-1840,1900-1920,1940-2000,2020-2040 allow youtube.com
. . .

How do I block downloads from all sites by default?

pluck + block application/download

How can I allow everything as normal except google images?

pluck clear
pluck + block www.google.com image/
pluck + allow www.google.com image/svg+xml

Does the minus command revert or block a website?

Neither! The “minus” command, A.K.A. the remove command, simply removes a rule.

In the following example, the + (A.K.A. add or plus), command is used to allow all content from example.com.

pluck + allow example.com

What if you decide you no longer want all content from example.com? You need to remove the rule! How do you do that? The - (A.K.A. del or remove or minus) command!

pluck - allow example.com

If you have more rules to remove, you can find them at the command line:

pluck find example

or, using the search field under timeline on the config tab of the interface in the browser.

If my delay was 4 days and I changed it to 1, after 2 days, I notice that changes are only delayed 2 more days. Is that right?

Yes. Plucky uses a rolling delay internally. This is not reflected in the command line or browser interfaces that present the delay.

Stop worrying!

pluck + delay 4d
pluck + delay 10
sleep $(( 3600 * 24 * 4 - 3 ))   # wait 4 days minus 3 seconds
pluck + allow example.com        # allowed in 4 days or in 13 seconds?

I like Plucky, I have money, and I want to support Plucky, but I hate subscriptions. How can I support the project?

Some options:

  1. Pay for a subscription, and then cancel it the next day. And then just pretend it’s not a subscription. If you’re still using Plucky in a year, re-evaluate its value to you then.

  2. You can donate using Paypal or Bitcoin, and then take one or more freebies to satisfy the remuneration system.

  3. You can do some work instead of giving money. Spreading the word is pretty easy and rather needed. Even simply voting for Plucky on sites such as https://alternativeto.net/software/pluckeye/ , or filling out a positive review in the Play Store helps Plucky gain visibility. We could use lots of help. ;-)

  4. If you are willing to refuse all future updates to Plucky, all improvements, bug fixes, security improvements, and the like, to pretend that Plucky is like a physical object such as a chair that is “one and done”, to never ask for support, then I’d be willing to sell you a copy instead of a subscription. As a warning, though, this probably means the product will only work for 2 years, tops, because computers, software, and the Internet changes.

How do I allow or unblock Microsoft teams?

On Windows:

pluck + allow program teams.exe

How can I block nearly every site for short periods of time to improve my focus on work?

See focus.

How can I prevent myself from accessing google images while at home but allow it from work?

One way this can be accomplished is to use a restrictive setup, but to get in the habit of using expedite daily as you start work. For example

pluck + delay 12h
pluck + block image/

And everyday, as you are about to start your 7-hour workday, do the following to create an expedite request:

pluck + when now+7h allow google.com
pluck expedite

If you know you always work from 9am to 4pm, you can of course, simply do the following instead:

pluck + when 9-16 allow google.com

If you ever want to block google.com images because it turns out you aren’t in fact working during your normally scheduled hours and are feeling tempted, you can block images from google.com for a day.

pluck + when now+1d block google.com image/

If you want to allow a number of sites, you can create a special work configuration, and then do this:

pluck + when now+7h import:11111111-2222-3333-4444-adecafdecade  # <- replace this with the configuration uuid
pluck expedite

See expedite.

How can I unblock the discord app?

See verdicts, here, and here.

How do I allow Microsoft Word documents?

It depends on your configuration, but if you have blocked all documents by default, then you’d need to allow word files like so.

First, you can find the correct media type for .doc and .docx files:

pluck mety a.doc
pluck mety a.docx

Then, you allow those types, either by default:

pluck + allow application/msword
pluck + allow application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document

Or, only for specific domains or urls:

pluck + allow example.com application/msword
pluck + allow http://example.com/foo application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document

How do I get past a CAPTCHA on https://www.pixieset.com/ ?

  1. Close all tabs.

  2. Restart Chrome.

  3. Try logging in again.

  4. Check verdicts; be sure to view verdicts from all tabs.

  5. See what resource is blocked and either delete the rule that blocks it, or add a new rule to allow it.

How do I enforce safe search on Plucky on Android?

You can enable the safe feature.

Why is Plucky reminding me to remunerate? I have subscribed.

The connection between a subscription and a device is sometimes lost. If you have subscribed, just plop your email address into the form at https://s.pluckeye.net/remunerations to find your thank-you url.

How do I make my friend my approver?

Create an invite for your friend on https://u.pluckeye.net/invitations/new as alluded to on how to get supporters. Your friend may want to read about approvers or inspectors after they create their account so they know how to fulfill their role.

How do I subscribe for a different amount?

Visit https://s.pluckeye.net/ and subscribe again using the same email address. The old subscription will be canceled and the difference prorated automatically.

Is Windows 11 supported?

Yes, mostly. Those using Plucky earlier than 1.10.23 should run:

pluck repair
pluck + block searchhost.exe

How do I use Playonlinux?

pluck + allow repository.playonlinux.com

How do I set the delay of my device or user on https://u.pluckeye.net/ ?

The ability to set device and user-specific delays was removed in mid 2021 because too few seemed to understand the concept and because less complexity is generally preferable. Such delays are now derived from the device’s main configuration or the user’s primary configuration. So, to increase the configuration assignment delay, one can do so by increasing the general delay of their primary configuration.

If you want a larger or smaller device (configuration assignment) and/or user (supporter) delay for some reason, please make a suggestion on https://discourse.pluckeye.net/ describing what you want and why.

Why are images are allowed on all websites?

Images are not allowed by default, but Plucky can be configured to do that.

Has the default rule for blocking images disappeared?

pluck find block image/

If that rule is present, then maybe another rule is taking precedence, such as “allow program chrome.exe”. See verdicts in the browser to figure out why images are allowed.

If the default image blocking rule is gone, it can be added it like so:

pluck + block image/

One might also want to also block videos. See how to allow images by default for more help.

How do I add an exception to block everything?

It is not possible to override block everything; it is the highest priority rule there is.

If you want to block /most/ things, use an unadorned block (also known as block otherwise).

pluck + block
pluck + block otherwise     # means the same thing

See also focus.

How do I transfer ownership of my device to somebody else?

You have 2 options:

  1. Instead, transfer the user to somebody else by changing the email address, giving somebody else the password, and having them then change the password.

  2. Remove any non-public imported configurations from the device, and then “liberate” the device on the device’s page.

How do I unblock thunderbird or some other mail client?

You can allow the email client by name. E.g.,

pluck + allow program thunderbird.exe

Or you can allow the typical mail-related ports, although this by itself may be insufficient if you use a mail providers that requires OATH authentication over https (gmail is one such provider).

pluck + allow port 993
pluck + allow port 995
pluck + allow port 587

My delay is non-zero, but changes I make are instant. Why is that?

This can occur if you have other delays. Try:

pluck delays

How do I change my username on Plucky sites?

  1. Visit your profile https://u.pluckeye.net/profile .

  2. Click the “Edit” button to the right of your name.

Why does https://discourse.pluckeye.net/ tell me I’m posting too fast?

The private Plucky forum has some rather unusual posting limits. Isn’t more and faster generally better? Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t. Welcome to an experiment in waiting, and the reason for it follows:

  1. Those who learn they can only post so often will hopefully learn to post thoughtfully and carefully. Short and snarky posts, be gone!

  2. If any one user can only post so often, the forum will not dominated by any one person, other than perhaps the moderators. Hopefully this encourages more participation from those who might other wise remain silent.

  3. In times past every so often a forum participant would come along and do as much damage as they could. Let’s limit that.

This is an experiment to see if such limits increase the overall quality of posts.

The experiment is likely to change over time, probably allowing more frequent posting. But until that happens, please be patient and try not to get too frustrated. You’re not the only one they are aimed at; everybody has them.

Those who don’t want to wait may find https://u.pluckeye.net/chat useful for faster back-and-forth discussion.

Can I flee a Chinese or Japanese character?

Not completely, not yet anyway. Maybe eventually.

How can I completely remove an old rule from my timeline?

Click the purge button. Or, run pluck trim. This will not, however, delete the old rule from u.pluckeye.net because that could defeat accountability. Old rules may be purged from u.pluckeye.net after 30 days.

How do I allow zoom on Windows?

One (or more!) of the following, depending on which version of Windows you have:

pluck + allow program zoom.exe
pluck + allow program C:\Program Files\Zoom\bin\zoom.exe
pluck + allow program C:\Program Files (x86)\Zoom\bin\zoom.exe

Is Plucky open source?

No, it is not.

Can I customize the block page?

Yes. If you’re using a browser other than Firefox, there should be an “options” link at the bottom of Plucky’s block page.

Why can’t I see images on this website?

See verdicts in the browser to figure out why images are blocked. On rare occasions, a website will look blocked simply because it contains broken images for every visitor.

How do I allow or block Office on Windows?

One (or more!) of the following, depending on which version of Windows you have:

pluck + allow program word.exe
pluck + allow program C:\Program Files\Zoom\bin\word.exe
pluck + allow program C:\Program Files (x86)\Zoom\bin\word.exe

I can’t tell if I have uninstalled Plucky from my macOS machine. Have I?

Open a terminal and run

pluck version

If you see pluck: command not found, then you have uninstalled.

Note that must restart your browser after uninstalling Plucky.

How can I block 300 hosts at the same time?

The easiest way is to create a blocked hosts list, and to import that list into your main configuration.

As a new user, how do I configure Plucky?

See how to install, watch a few how to videos, and then see the manual pages on how to configure. If you’re still having trouble, see troubleshooting.

How do I block all images on discord?

pluck + block discord.com image/

See also here

How do I block amazon.com, amazon.de, etc.?

Download amazon.txt.

Then, open a terminal and run

cd Downloads
pluck import-block amazon.txt

How do I allow my email client?

Allowing mail ports may be the easiest way.

pluck + allow port 465
pluck + allow port 587
pluck + allow port 993
pluck + allow port 995

This probably applies to Thunderbird, Spark, Apple Mail, Outlook, Mailbird, Mailspring, Alpine, offlineimap, and other email clients.

How do I block downloads of .dmg files?

pluck + block application/x-apple-diskimage

In general, any file extension can be converted to a media type using pluck mety. E.g.,

pluck + mety a.dmg      # application/x-apple-diskimage

How do I block images only on adult sites?

See how to block only bad sites.

How do I block Tweetbot.app on macOS and telegram on macOS?

See program compatibility on macos.

How come I can’t create a very large configuration?

Plucky has not been tuned to accept large configurations. To avoid this, reduce the size of your configuration.

If you are trying to create a large black list, realize that a small or moderately sized flee host list or flee word list is more effective and uses fewer resources.

Plucky is hard to use. How do I do X?

Maybe see how to configure, commands, frequently asked questions (faq), help, or search this site.

How do I delete my user account on u.pluckeye.net?

Visit https://u.pluckeye.net/profile and click the big red button labeled close account.

Note that if you are a subscriber, deleting your user account on u.pluckeye.net does not terminate your subscription. See the unsubscribe page for that.

Where do I enter pluck + on Android?

On Android, you never use pluck +, anywhere. See how to configure.

How can I block the YouTube homepage but still watch any video I find?

pluck + block https://www.youtube.com/
pluck + allow https://www.youtube.com/watch

See also youtube.

How can I block all of YouTube except for a specific list of channels?

See .

How can I block GIFs? If I have videos blocked, does this mean GIFs are blocked?

To block all GIFs by default, use: pluck + block image/gif.

Since the media type for GIFs is image/gif, Plucky considers GIFs to be images. So if you have images blocked, GIFs will be blocked, but if you have images allowed and you do not use the rule above, then GIFs will be allowed, even if you have videos blocked.

Why can’t I download an old version of Plucky?

Old versions of Plucky have been used as a means of bypassing Plucky in the past. This is one of the awkward parts of maintaining self-control software.

Why can’t I install a new version manually?

If you already have Plucky installed, you are expected to update using the “Update button” in the browser, and nothing else. See https://up.pluckeye.net/plucky/waves to control how frequently you are prompted to update.

How can I block images in all programs?

We have no idea. Plucky does not do that. Plucky can block network access of arbitrary programs, but it can not block images in arbitrary programs.

How can I disable expedite?

The easiest way to disable expedite is to simply remove all approvers and to leave all cohorts on https://u.pluckeye.net/profile .

One can also disable expedite with the noexpedite feature.

How can I make youtube work only from 10:00 to 11:00 each day?

It depends on whether your configuration allows or blocks images or videos by default as well as whether you have any other youtube rules in your configuration.

It also depends on whether you want to block only the youtube site, or if you want to block all embedded youtube videos from across the web.

If you have no other youtube.com rules (or only allow some specific videos), the following should allow you to block the youtube site (https://www.youtube.com) from 10-11 each day.

pluck + when 10-11 allow https://www.youtube.com/
pluck + when 0-10,11-24 block https://www.youtube.com/

Why do I see “Warning: Unresponsive script” when using Plucky on Android?

Warning: Unresponsive script

A script on on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete.

Script: moz-extension://…

If you see this message, it is almost certainly because your configuration is too big for your slow Android device. See here.

Why can’t I install Plucky on macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, or macOS El Capitan?

If you see a window that Plucky “failed to download”, the problem is that Apple stopped updating the https certificates for your device in 2021. See how to install on macos for how to fix this.

How do I know I can trust Plucky not to spy on me?

How would I know whether anyone on the Plucky development team could just read all my passwords or credit card info when I am typing them on any website?

Not to be snarky, but how would you know if somebody on the Microsoft team could do the same? Or the Chrome team? Or the Firefox team? Or the Intel team? Or the Mastercard team? Or the U.S. Bank team? Or the IRS team? Or your doctor? Or your school? Or your ISP? Or the Asus team that makes your router? Or the Tesla team? And so on. If you go far enough down the road of distrust, life gets complicated rather quickly. But we’ve now gone pretty far afield from the original question.

It is difficult to answer this question briefly without explaining a whole lot about modern code signing practices. And, after all that is explained, the reader might be led to believe that any software downloadable over the Internet can be trusted, which is certainly not the case. Nevertheless, we’ll give it a go.

Plucky is electronically signed by a legal entity: Single Eye Software LLC, incorporated in Washington state in the United States of America. That corporation is owned by Jon Wilkes, who would much rather be private rather than a “public” figure, but who is public specifically so that Plucky users have some idea who is behind the software they use. Jon lives in the U.S., he has a family, and he much prefers his current lifestyle of sleeping in bed with his wife and seeing his kids daily rather than sleeping on a cot in a prison in a cell with another man. The electronic signatures in Plucky uses on Windows and macOS require legal verification to obtain. This might be hard for the uninitiated to deduce, but both Windows and macOS will tell you whether software is signed when you install it. That signature is meant ultimately to hold the software publisher accountable for what the software does, i.e., to make sure those who create it can be punished if they do something malicious.

That’s probably your best assurance: our skin is in the game so to speak.

But before we close out this question, perhaps it is worth considering a small thought experiment.

Imagine the assurances above did not exist, that Plucky was made by a malicious and non-punishable entity, but it still has the same features that the real Plucky has. Would you use Plucky anyway? If you work for a nuclear power plant or are otherwise have a computer that contains data that is valuable to society as a whole, we hope your answer is a resounding no, but other readers – the average Joes – are encouraged to read on.

Imagine two average Joes who have different answers to this question. Imagine Bob, who feels parts of the Internet are seriously damaging to his person, but who prioritizes computer security above all else. He chooses not to use Plucky, lest some other entity commit fraud using his credit cards, despite the fact he can find no more trustworthy software to help him with his Internet problem (ignore the fact that most credit card companies guarantee to protect their users from fraud). Then imagine Sam, who like Bob, feels parts of the Internet are seriously damaging to his person, and who despite knowing his computer is going to be completely given over to serving “his data” (whatever that means) to “malicious entities”, decides to use Plucky anyway. Is Sam foolish? Or is Bob? Imagine the lives Bob and Sam live after this. Bob keeps using the Internet, to his own detriment and has no fraudulent credit card problems. Imagine “the worst” happens to Sam and he has both substantial, actual credit and identity problems (even if this is unrealistic), but Sam also has had no more problems with the Internet damaging his soul. Who has chosen the better course?

In other words, if you had to choose between securing your computer and escaping a hellish addiction, which would you choose? If you would choose the former, please do not use Plucky.

Let us repeat that to be absolutely clear: if you care more about computer security than about your own soul, please do not use Plucky (now or ever) and instead, go look in the nearest mirror to see how absolutely incredible you are. You are worth more!

Why is the Internet blocked in Safari when I enable the system feature?

Safari is not supported. See browsers.

Why is this particular thing allowed or blocked?

Often when this question is asked, the reason is that the Plucky configuration says not to allow or block the particular thing.

See verdicts in the browser or verdicts to understand why Plucky is or isn’t blocking something.

Can I enable YouTube’s restricted mode only for certain users?

See here.

pluck + allow 127.0.0.0
pluck + nofirefox
node whatever.js &
firefox &

How can I block qbittorent?

Many ways.

  1. Uninstall the program and block future download using something like the no programs configuration.

  2. Block downloading of torrents in the browser with pluck + pluck application/x-bittorrent.

  3. Block the program by name with pluck + block qbittorrent.

How can I change my name on https://discourse.pluckeye.net/

  1. Change your login name on https://u.pluckeye.net/profile

  2. Log out of discourse using the log-out button (click upper right corner profile picture, then log out).