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


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
  • 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

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.

  • 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.


  • 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.


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

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