Plucky supports OS X Mavericks (10.9) and above, but installing on Big Sur or Monterey has some challenges. See below.

Plucky v0.97.10 supports macOS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), and 10.8 (Mountain Lion), but it is not Internet accessible. If you want to use it, you can drop us a line.

Big Sur and Monterey

Follow the rather complicated instructions to install the Plucky on Big Sur and Monterey. Note that support for Big Sur and Monterey is very new, and there may be even more bugs than is ordinary. If you feel brave and are happy to have low expectations, you can try it. If you do, please provide feedback.

High Sierra, Mojave, and Catalina

The following applies to macOS High Sierra, Mojave, and Catalina.

If you have difficulty installing, see how to install on macos.

Unfortunately, the dialog windows that macOS presents when Plucky’s system feature has been enabled are misleading, and many would-be Plucky users on macOS are thwarted.

You’ll know the system feature is working if Safari is blocked.

How to activate the system feature

  1. First, activate the system feature, using either the Plucky Settings page in the browser (Pluckeye button, then click Settings), or typing the following in a terminal.

    pluck + system
  2. Open System Preferences.

  3. Click on Security & Privacy.

  4. Click on the General tab.

    Allow apps downloaded from:

    • App Store
    • App Store and identified developers

    Open System Preferences and look for a screen similar to the one shown in the link below. If you see such a screen, grant Plucky permission to install.

    Note that if you install Plucky while the Security Preferences dialog is open, macOS will not update the dialog. In that case, you must close and reopen the System Preferences dialog.

  5. Finally, type the following in a terminal.

    pluck repair

If pluck repair prints errors

Sometimes, pluck repair prints errors, as seen below:

$ pluck repair
0f30:42: 8f5c4244 WARNING 0x23ff7ff3
0f30:42: 8f5c4244 WARNING 0x23ff7ff3
0f30:43: 8f5c4244 WARNING 0x3119100b
0f28:29: 8f5c4244 WARNING 0x3119100b
0c72:11: 8f5c4244 WARNING 0x3119100b
0cf2:28: 8f5c4244 WARNING 0x3119100b
0c5e:35: 8f5c4244 WARNING 0x3119100b
0d16:20: 8f5c4244 WARNING 0x3119100b
10f8:39: 8f5c4244 WARNING 0x3119100b
10f9:38: 8f5c4244 WARNING 0x3119100b
10f7:84: 8f5c4244 WARNING 11
0c63:15: 8f5c4244 WARNING 0x310f7057

The above is a consequence of a macOS bug. But it shouldn’t be hit very often, and if it is, please let me know. You can try working around the problem by doing the following.

  1. Set your delay to 0.

    pluck delay 0
  2. Remove the system feature.

    pluck - system
  3. Save your configuration.

    cd ~/Desktop
    pluck export > pluckeye-config.txt
  4. Uninstall.

    pluck uninstall
  5. Reinstall.

  6. Re-import your configuration.

    cd ~/Desktop
    cat pluckeye-config.txt | pluck import -
  7. Re-try the system feature.

    pluck + system
  8. If you still get the same warnings, remove the system feature for a few days. Then try again. Ridiculous, I know.

    pluck - system
    sleep 86400
    pluck + system

If you don’t get errors, but it still isn’t working

Please let me know. Perhaps there is a conflict with other software on the computer.

Last updated: 2022-07-08