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Is there a pomodoro app that's available for Ubuntu 12.04 that can be installed using sudo or from the package manager?

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You can use this extension in GNOME shell for pomodoro indicator.


The pomodoro-indicator as referenced by the other answerer doesn't work straight out of the box. We first have to fix the icon so it appears on the Unity panel.

Follow the commands and hopefully it works for you:

wget https://launchpad.net/pomodoro-indicator/trunk/0.0.2/+download/pomodoro-indicator-0.0.2.tar.gz
wget https://launchpad.net/pomodoro-indicator/trunk/0.0.1/+download/pomodoro-indicator-0.0.1.tar.gz
tar xvf pomodoro-indicator-0.0.2.tar.gz
tar xvf pomodoro-indicator-0.0.1.tar.gz
cp -R pomodoro-indicator-0.0.2/* pomodoro-indicator-0.0.1/
cd pomodoro-indicator-0.0.1; gedit setup.py

In line 112, remove # from the following line:

#package_data = {"pomodoro": ["images/*.png", ]}

Save the file.

sudo python setup.py install

Pomodoro indicator will now appear in the Unity panel.


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What would be a good way to have pomodoro-indicator auto-start with unity? –  Ezequiel Muns Sep 25 '12 at 1:11
Thanks jokerdino. Do you think it's possible to run it in raring? If it's python it doesn't need to be compiled right? I tried apt-get but there doesn't seem to be a "raring" release. –  faB Apr 29 '13 at 10:43
@faB no you don't use apt-get but download the source and install it from there. I haven't tested the answer for raring. So, I can't guarantee you much. –  jokerdino Apr 29 '13 at 15:01
This answer worked for me, but Atareao's pomodoro-indicator is much easier to install, nicer looking, and has more features: askubuntu.com/a/587843/21900 –  Gruzzles Feb 20 at 17:28

Tomate https://launchpad.net/tomate

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:stvs/tomate
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tomate
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For Ubuntu + Unity this is currently the best choice that "just works". –  Ernest Jan 14 '13 at 1:10
If anyone is wondering, Tomate comes with an indicator. So you don't need to keep the full app open while using it. –  Dennis Jan 21 '14 at 16:53
Doesn't seem to work on 14.10 because libgranite0 was removed –  Mark Jan 4 at 15:05


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Download link

Tomighty can't be installed from package manager (it's java applet), but it's my favorite because it has an indicator with countdown timer right on taskbar. The downside is that indicator background looks ugly when idle because of white background.

So I edited default png and filled it with ambiance background color. Save the image as "tomato-24.png" and put it tomighty's .jar file. http://i.imgur.com/Lf92P.png

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Its sound didn't work for Ubuntu. –  user13107 Jan 24 '14 at 4:46

Pomodoroapp it's avalible in ubuntu, for more information see this links:

pomodoroapp in Ubuntu

Download pomodoroapp

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Please include info from the links. If they were to break, this answer would have little significance to other users. –  hexafraction Sep 22 '12 at 0:45
really nice tool ! this is the one I have chosen to use –  Stephane Rolland Sep 22 '12 at 23:06

Someone has already mentioned Tomighty here but I've gone ahead and packaged it for Ubuntu here

To install

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pwr22/tomighty
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tomighty
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Having tried others, I recommend Atareao's Pomodoro Indicator App.

Why? It is simple, beautiful, configurable, works in ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10, and has a PPA. Also, the developer is known for writing quality indicator apps such as my-weather-indicator.

My favourite thing is that the icon changes to reflect how much time is left. Here's a time-lapse screen capture I made:

Time lapse of Pomodoro Indicator

This is what the preferences look like (polar night gtk theme):

Preferences window

Installation: Copy and paste the following in the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pomodoro-indicator
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I just created a new minimalistic pomodoro counter. See https://bitbucket.org/dvtomas/osd-pomodoro

A simple, ultra-lightweight, transparent, unobtrusive pomodoro countdown for Linux. Always on top, yet so small that it doesn't really bother you. And if it does for a moment, just send it a UNIX signal to toggle visibility.

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