What is the best software for Ubuntu to remind us to take a break for our eyes (like EyeLeo in Windows).

  • Its look like there is no software for Ubuntu like that? :( – CodeIntro Nov 4 '13 at 9:36

Here is another tool called Safe Eyes for the same purpose.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:slgobinath/safeeyes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install safeeyes

Safe Eyes Short Break Screen


  • Short breaks with eye exercises
  • Long breaks to change physical position and to warm up
  • Strict break for those who are addicted to computer
  • Do not disturb when working with fullscreen applications( Eg: Watching movies)
  • Disable the keyboard during break
  • Notifications before every break
  • Support multiple displays
  • Pause automatically if the system is idle
  • Optional audible alert at the end of breaks
  • Multi-language support

For more details: https://github.com/slgobinath/SafeEyes

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I suggest you to take a look at Take A Break.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vlijm/takeabreak
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install takeabreak
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  • This is really useful and does what I wanted. Specially I like the effects which force me to stand up for a while. Thank you – Nuwan Thisara Jun 27 '16 at 13:04
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    I have used Take A Break and Workrave, and I prefer to Take A Break. – willSapgreen Feb 10 '18 at 22:56
  • Just installed in my ubutu 18.04.4, I can see the app icon, but when try to open it failed. Just flash quickly and goes away, won't let me configure it. Not sure where was wrong with my system. Could be some updated packages incompatible with takeabreak app. – Kemin Zhou May 7 at 16:50

Good question. I found out Workrave, that is available from the Software Centre. A similar programme, but thought for wrist care, is Xwrits, also available from the Software Centre.

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  • Unfortunately, Workrave resets the timers after a very short period of idleness. The end result is that the breaks never get triggered. As far as I can tell there isn't any way to disable this or change the idle time before resetting. – br3nt Mar 17 '16 at 1:12

Stretchly is an open-source break-taking app that is pretty customizable.

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There are some others I got to know just now,



But Unfortunately I couldn't find any fine and smoothly working software like EyeLeo in Windows. Some genius welcome to come up with fine one to Linux.

And another built in solution from this link.


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  • Unfortunately that built-in solution doesn't work with modern Ubuntu, at least not with Unity. – Lambart Jul 28 '14 at 20:40

There is online PTV app at http://www.protectyourvision.org/

It supports desktop notifications, so u won't miss a break.

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Take a look at Iris, I use it for this purpose and it's quite cool

You can even have an excellect Web Demo here http://iristech.co/demo/

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    You probably could include some screen-shots and be more elaborate which made you think this is a perfect solution. I know the other answers arn't much more either, but this way you can make your answer stand out. – Videonauth May 22 '16 at 4:57

BreakTimer is an alternative that I've recently made. It's pretty customizable and integrates well with most desktop environments. It's available on the ubuntu software store as a snap as well as other formats here.

It's also free and open source, with all the source available on github - http://github.com/tom-james-watson/breaktimer-app.

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