If a full time tracking suite is out of your price range, there are plenty of Google Chrome time tracking apps available. If you’re looking for basic time tracking features, you can’t go wrong with any of these apps.

That said, some of these tools are better than others. Let’s take a look at some of the top productivity-boosting Chrome extensions and how they can help you become a more effective project manager.

But first, let’s take a look at the best criteria to consider when seeking a Chrome time tracker.

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Finding the best Google Chrome time tracker extension

Some time tracking apps have Google Chrome timer extensions that allow you to track time from your favorite web-based project management app. But with tons of Chrome time trackers on the marketplace, how do you choose?

We’ve done some research and test drove some of the best Chrome time trackers out there. We came to the conclusion that:

  • They integrate with various project management apps. If, for example, you need to switch from Basecamp to Trello, you don’t have to change your time-tracking application.
  • They’re available in other formats/for other devices. If you’re traveling and need to track time from a mobile phone or without an internet connection, these tools can still help you. We looked for tools that work on Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, iPhone, and as a Chrome extension.
  • They’re user-friendly. Obviously. Why would you use a tool that’s going to make you less efficient?
  • They’re economical. These browser extensions work perfectly for both freelancers and big businesses.

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The best Google Chrome time tracker extensions

1. Hubstaff

Hubstaff’s Chrome timer extension makes it easy to record your work hours. It allows you to track hours by task or client so you can see how your day is spent. Plus, your tracked work hours generate timesheets automatically.

Hubstaff Chrome extension

The extension for the Chrome browser has time-saving features to help you improve productivity over time. Just click the extension icon at the top right of your Chrome browser and you can start tracking time.

Better yet, you can use tracked hours to create invoices, generate reports, and even pay your team.

Working with a distributed team? Check out the employee productivity features that help you see where your team’s time goes.

Managers and business owners can set weekly hours limits for their team members so that projects never go over budget. Then, enable automatic alerts to see when your hours and budget limits are approaching.

Other features:

  • Set time limits for each team member weekly
  • Pay your team automatically at whatever rate you set
  • Track time on the go with GPS-based location
  • See what applications your team members use most
  • Get email alerts to track your team’s schedule and see any changes
  • Manage project costs with project budgets and alerts

Integrations:

  • Asana
  • Clickup
  • GitHub
  • JIRA
  • QuickBooks
  • Trello
  • and more

Price:

Plans include a 14-day free trial. See full pricing details here.

  • Time Free: Hubstaff Time is free for one user.
  • Starter: for only $7 per user per month, you’ll get time tracking, automated timesheets, robust reports, and more.
  • Pro: $10 per user per month. You’ll have access to scheduling features, time off and holidays, client and project budgets, and more powerful tools to manage your team.

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2. Harvest

Harvest is one of the most popular time tracking tools on the market today. It offers time tracking across a wide range of platforms. In fact, it’s one of the few on our list that tracks time on Apple watches.

Harvest

Harvest also gives you full control over invoicing right from your Chrome browser. If you have multiple clients, you can pull your tracked time into a customized invoice and save on manually entering time.

Other features:

  • Analyze data with a built-in reporting system
  • Set hourly and fee-based budgets to track projects
  • Run reports on billable and non-billable time for specific employees, tasks, clients, or projects
  • View and approve your team’s time and expenses
  • Send automated reminders to people who forget to submit timesheets

Integrations:

  • Asana
  • Basecamp
  • Breeze
  • Brightspot
  • Flow
  • Jira
  • and more

Price:

There is a free 30-day trial for all plans, and the pricing structure is super easy:

  • Free: one person, two projects.
  • Pro: $12 per month per person. Includes unlimited projects and unlimited people.

3. Toggl

Toggl’s Chrome extension tracks in real-time, so you never lose a minute of billable hours—even if you’re offline. If you forget to switch it on, you can enter time later. You can also organize your time by projects or tags to keep everything organized.

Toggl

A large list of integrations and the ability to mark specific chunks of time as billable is very convenient. Unfortunately, both of these features are unavailable on the free plan.

Other features:

  • Get an instant overview of your billable time and team progress
  • Export timesheets
  • Unlimited number of projects or clients
  • View the dashboard to compare current tracking data with the previous week
  • Divide teams into groups (great for larger companies)
  • Set billable rates for employees who bill higher or lower rates than others

Integrations:

  • Asana
  • Basecamp
  • FreshBooks
  • GitHub
  • iCal feed
  • Teamweek
  • and more

Price:

Each plan below includes a 30-day trial.

  • Free: This plan is for up to 5 users. You get most of the time tracking, but very little of the project management functions.
  • Starter: $9 per user per month. Upgrade to this level and you’ll get many reporting functions, like billable rates, exporting, and detailed weekly reports. You also get project management functions: alerts for estimates, project dashboards, and project time estimates.
  • Premium: $18 per user per month. At this level, you’ll get more of a customized experience. You can also choose one special feature to add to your plan.
  • Enterprise: Custom pricing for unlimited users. This level comes with priority support and unlimited access to special features.

4. TrackingTime

TrackingTime

TrackingTime helps you track time, create timesheets, analyze how time is being spent, and more. The Chrome time tracking extension displays a navigation bar and shows your recent activity, a timer, and a notifications tab. You can also use multiple accounts. The layout is very clean and easy to navigate.

Other Features:

  • Create, edit, and collaborate on tasks from the main screen
  • View the calendar for a weekly overview of projects and team members (you can even integrate your Google calendar)
  • Manage team members and control system access
  • Create timesheets and reports, and export them to Excel
  • Integrate TrackingTime in your own apps or online services with the public API

Integrations:

  • Any.do
  • Basecamp
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • JIRA
  • Producteev
  • and more

Price:

All plans come with a 14-day free trial that includes the Pro version.

  1. Basic: Free. Track time, add time manually, and import entries for teams of up to three people and unlimited tasks.
  2. Pro: $5 per user per month. Get a calendar feature, a project dashboard, add notes to time entries, and create time audits

5. ZipBooks

ZipBooks is accounting software that offers a time tracking add-on for Chrome. You can track billable time through the extension. ZipBooks then pulls that information into an invoice. The software is designed specifically for bookkeeping and accounting for small businesses.

ZipBooks

Other features:

Since ZipBooks is primarily an accounting tool with time tracking as an add-on, the features are focused on small business accounting:

  • Unlimited recurring invoices
  • Add new clients without having to use the web app
  • Automatically import time and expenses into invoices

Integrations:

None mentioned.

Price:

ZipBooks offers a 30-day free trial of their Smarter and Sophisticated Plans.

  • Starter: free, but doesn’t include time tracking.
  • Smarter: $15/month. To get time tracking as a feature, you’ll have to opt for the $15/month plan.
  • Sophisticated: $35/month. More accounting features such as bank reconciliation and secure document sharing, along with advanced reporting.

6. Tick

Tick

Tick works on your desktop, Android, and iOS devices (even your Apple Watch). Start by setting time limits and deadlines. Once you start tracking time, Tick will use your employees’ hourly rates to track how many billable hours you have left per project.

Other features:

  • Organize projects by client
  • Enter notes on each project
  • Choose a single timer or multiple timers if working on more than one project at a time
  • Assign team members to projects
  • See a snapshot of all current projects and budgets with the company overview

Integrations:

  • Apple Watch
  • Asana
  • Basecamp
  • QuickBooks
  • Freshbooks
  • Trello

Price:

Free 30-day trial. All plans include unlimited people and Basecamp integration.

  • One project: free.
  • 10 projects: $19 per month.
  • 30 projects: $49 per month. Includes recurring projects.
  • 60 projects: $79 per month. Includes recurring projects.
  • Unlimited projects: $149 per month. Includes recurring projects.

7. TMetric

TMetric

TMetric is a time-tracking service for IT professionals and companies. You can track tasks from multiple project management systems right from the extension. Other features include categorizing time, creating reports, and monitoring your team online. Time is visible as a timeline that can be edited right from TMetric.

Other features:

  • Switch to team mode and see what your co-workers are doing
  • Works for any management style
  • Download a server-based version
  • Use filters to decipher reports
  • Add tags to group your time by activities

Integrations:

  • Asana
  • Github
  • Trello
  • Producteev
  • Visual Studio
  • Wrike
  • and more

Price:

All paid plans start with a 30-day free trial.

  • Free for up to five users.
  • Professional: $50 per user annually ($5/user if billed monthly).
  • Business: $70 per user annually ($7/user if billed monthly).

8. Everhour

Everhour’s Chrome extension is a very simple time tracking tool. With a variety of integrations and an easy user interface, Everhour offers time tracking, reporting, invoicing, and more.

Everhour

Integrations:

  • Asana
  • Basecamp
  • Github
  • Jira
  • Pivotal Tracker
  • Trello
  • Quickbooks
  • And more

Price:

Everhour offers one plan that includes all its features:

  • All-in-one: $10/user/month, starting at 5 users

9. FreshBooks

Like ZipBooks, FreshBooks is focused on small business accounting. However, the company does offer a Chrome extension for tracking time so that billing and invoicing can be automated and seamless.

FreshBooks

Integrations:

  • Asana
  • Basecamp
  • Trello
  • PayPal
  • Hubspot
  • Square
  • and more

Price:

Users get a free 30-day trial.

  • Lite: $15 per month for up to 5 clients.
  • Plus: $25 per month for up to 50 clients. With automatic payment reminders, late fees for overdue payments, and scheduling of recurring invoices.
  • Premium: $50 per month for up to 500 clients.

10. SCREENish

SCREENish

With the ability to assign projects on both desktop and mobile, SCREENish is ideal for distributed or partially distributed teams. You can create, assign, and monitor projects. The extension offers a simple step-by-step setup process.

Other features:

  • Configure projects with distraction filters, idle time, and user reports
  • Share progress reports with current clients
  • Approve time worked from the app
  • Analyze timesheets, screenshots, and activity levels
  • View payroll and productivity graphs

Integrations:

None

Price:

  • $5 per user per month for up to 20 users. If you plan to exceed 20 users, you’ll need to get in touch with SCREENish.

11. Awesome Timesheet

Awesome Timesheet

Awesome Timesheet (powered by Odoo) is quick and easy to learn. The timer gives you statistics on your work so that you can create accurate invoices and stay organized. Plus, it synchronizes across devices: desktop, mobile, Chrome, and more.

Other features:

  • Record time before or after your project
  • One-click time tracking
  • Get statistics on a daily or weekly basis to see where your time is being spent
  • Track time offline and sync when you connect again
  • Monitor productivity by project

Integrations:

  • Odoo

Price:

  • Free: Get one app, free billing, and cloud hosting.
  • Online: $24 per user per month if paid annually. Pay for apps as you use them. Includes monthly billing, customization, and support. Price goes up for each user added.

What’s your favorite Chrome time tracking extension?

Having a Chrome time tracker extension is a huge bonus for any time tracking software. Or, if you’re new to time tracking, a chrome tracker is a great place to start.

Do you use a Chrome time tracker we didn’t include in our list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

This post was originally published in March 2017. As of May 2022, it has been updated for accuracy and to include more relevant apps.