I need a time-stamp that is inserted with a hot key, like F5 in old notepad. Format should be:

hh:mm dd.mm.yyyy.

p.s. Dot in the end of the year is grammatically correct in Serbian language, so it is not a mistake.

  • I think it is not possible without patching the source code. But you can get this stamp in terminal by date +%H:%M\ %d.%m.%Y.. You can set an alias for this command to enter it fast.
    – Pilot6
    Aug 15, 2015 at 14:31

1 Answer 1

  1. Install the package xdotool via, we need the command xdotool

    sudo apt-get install xdotool
  2. Create a small script

    sleep 0.1
    xdotool type $(date +"%H:%M")' '$(date +"%d.%m.%Y.")
    • If the output does not looks something like

      17:31 15.08.2015.


      sleep 0.1
      xdotool type $(date +"%H")':'$(date +"%M")' '$(date +"%d")'.'$(date +"%m")'.'$(date +"%Y")'.'
    • If the time is not fully inserted after pressing the shortcut, increment the parameter for sleep, eg 0.5, in the script

  3. Make it executable

    chmod +x your_script
  4. Assign a keyboard shortcut for the script, eg Super+F5 or some other shortcut that is not used.

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  • Did you test it in nano? It has another binding for F5. But it can be undone in .nanorc
    – Pilot6
    Aug 15, 2015 at 14:48
  • @Pilot6 No :) only in gedit and in a terminal … But Super+F5 should work.
    – A.B.
    Aug 15, 2015 at 14:58
  • Super+F5 will open an app from launcher. F5 works but shows 18^01 15.08.2015.
    – Pilot6
    Aug 15, 2015 at 15:00
  • @Pilot6 18^01? why the ^? o_O
    – A.B.
    Aug 15, 2015 at 15:05
  • @Pilot6 Can you test it with xdotool type $(date +"%H")':'$(date +"%M")' '$(date +"%d")'.'$(date +"%m")'.'$(date +"%Y.") please?
    – A.B.
    Aug 15, 2015 at 15:30

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