5 Powerful Ubuntu Time Tracking Apps

5 Powerful Ubuntu Time Tracking Apps

With the rising popularity of Linux, more and more people in the work world are realizing the need for productivity tools built natively for it. If you are on the lookout for better ways to track work done, improve your productivity, and bill clients more accurately, check out our suggestions for the best Ubuntu time tracking tools.

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Ubuntu time tracking apps that make time management a breeze

The job of a good time tracker is to help you manage, prioritize and delegate your workload. It’s equally useful for individual users, as well as remote and in-office teams. Here are our top 5 picks.

1. Hubstaff

Hubstaff is one of the best Ubuntu time tracking solutions

Whether you work as an independent contractor or manage multiple teams, you’ll definitely benefit from this versatile and lightweight Ubuntu time tracking app. It’s the right solution for both employees and clients. Employees are stimulated to be more productive while clients always know what they’re paying for.

Hubstaff offers comprehensive time tracking for remote teams, with a wide range of features:

  • The lightweight desktop timer periodically takes screenshots and measures user activity levels. Screenshots are randomized, so you get a real picture of what’s going on.
  • To ensure accurate activity levels, the app counts mouse movements and keystrokes of each team member. This gives a way to gauge your team’s productivity over the course of the day. Also, with the manual option to add time, users can edit or delete time.
  • Hubstaff allows you to manage multiple companies and projects via a single account. The app generates detailed timesheets and reports by employee, date and project, which can then be exported to PDF, CSV or QuickBooks.
  • Unlike other timers, Hubstaff doesn’t take up much memory or screen display area. Even if you close the tiny widget, you’ll still be able to access the app via the icon in the status bar.
  • Hubstaff is non-intrusive. The app lets you work in peace without displaying interruptive notifications all the time.
  • For additional project management, invoicing, customer service, accounting and payroll features, you can easily integrate Hubstaff with more than 30 software platforms and tools.
  • Hubstaff can automate your payroll for you, calculating hourly rate versus the time recorded to the app. There is no added cost for using this service.

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2. Toggl Desktop

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Toggl Desktop is a native Linux app. It works nicely alongside Toggl for web, syncing data while you’re working. If you’re offline, Toggl Desktop stores the data locally and sends it to the server the moment you reconnect.

Toggl is a simple time tracker for individuals, teams, and multiple projects. To start tracking, just type in the details of your job and click play. You can add “tag links” for additional info, mark tasks as billable or unbillable, or edit time entries, descriptions and start/stop time.

The idle detection feature displays the time spent away from the computer, which you can choose to keep or discard. You can also add past time records or import time logs from a spreadsheet.

Toggl Desktop can remind you to track time. Ten minutes after you’ve logged in your computer, the app will remind you to start tracking time.

There is also the option to record all sites and apps viewed for more than 10 minutes, thanks to the record timeline feature.

Тracked data can be converted to reports, exported to PDF and emailed. You can organize timesheets by project, sub-project, billable and non-billable time. Dashboards give a graph view of the hours spent on tasks, your most productive employees and how much your billable time is worth.

3. RescueTime

Screenshot of RescueTime website

This Ubuntu time tracking app does a good job monitoring your computer behavior and productivity levels. It works with Ubuntu (installable DEB file) and Fedora (RPM file), and is also available as an add-on for Firefox and Chrome.

The basic free version allows you to track the time spent on websites and apps, and set time-specific goals. It also sends weekly email reports and keeps a 3-month report history.

The paid version is more versatile. It allows you to block distracting content and alerts you if you’re engaging in unproductive activities. RescueTime auto-categorizes visited sites (based on app name and site URL) on a scale from very productive to very distracting. Defaults can be easily tweaked to suit your needs.

If you leave your workstation for a while, the app registers it and automatically stops tracking.

The offline tracking option is a useful way to keep track of the time spent participating in meetings and phone calls.

You can also use RescueTime in the so-called “focus mode.” While in focus mode, all distracting sites are blocked for a specified time period.

4. TimeCamp

Timecamp time tracking

An intuitive and simple time tracker for individual users, teams and companies.  TimeCamp lets you track billable hours spent on projects and tasks, both fixed price or per hour, for multiple clients.

As soon as you log in, you’ll be redirected to the timesheet view, so you can manually add time to a task. You can view the time spent on tasks via a graphical timesheet integrated with a calendar and compare estimated vs actual time, which is useful for planning projects.

TimeCamp can generate Invoices automatically, based on the hours worked. There’s also a notification when the client views the invoice.

You can manage multiple clients and projects by using different filters (task, time entry, project, people assigned). The attendance feature gives a clear picture of attendance and contribution per employee.

You can set TimeCamp to track time automatically by defining keywords. Each time the app detects a specific keyword, it will start logging time.

TimeCamp can be integrated with various payroll, task and project management apps.

5. Project Hamster

Project Hamster is another decent Ubuntu time tracking solution

A flexible, user-friendly app for individual users. It helps you track the time spent on selected activities. When you switch from one activity to another, it changes the current activity in Hamster.

To review your work per day, week, month or a given interval, use the screenshot feature. You can also edit, print or export the results in a suitable format. Results can be filtered by name, category, tag, etc. You can view the results through the Totals tab or click the bars for more detailed information about your work (by tag, activity or category).

If you need to submit reports, you can use the HTML report feature to prepare the data. To customize the reports, you can filter down the results in an overview by combining time intervals and filtering in the search box.

You can edit existing entries or add past activities from the main applet or the overview.

The app comes with a very useful graphical stats feature. You can see the time spent on individual tasks, start/end dates, the number of records kept, longest continuous work, etc. This comes in handy for keeping employee timesheets.

What is your favorite Ubuntu time tracking app?

Did we miss any cool apps that you use? Let us know in the comments below! And if you use any of the Ubuntu time tracking apps we mentioned above, we’d also love to hear your feedback.

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  • Hi Ola,

    Can you please send us a new screenshot to add here. Thanks!