I just did sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-pomodoro on my Ubuntu. I'm wondering how I invoke or start the application.


Press ALT+F2 and write the name of your application , then click on it :)

  • I couldn't find it when I used that. If I did sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-pomodoro to install, what would be name of the application that I have to search for? – Vineel Jul 9 '16 at 20:57
  • type: pomodoro and then search for it in the opened window – Greg Jul 9 '16 at 21:01
  • It just shows a png image, no applications are found. gnomepomodoro.org Thanks a lot for bearing with me. – Vineel Jul 9 '16 at 21:05

Open your terminal by using Ctrl+Alt+T and type gnome-pomodoro to run it.


In a terminal, run this

dpkg -l gnome-shell-pomodoro

that will list out all of the installed files. If there is an executable to run from the command line, usually it will be in a bin directory. Some of these shell applets cannot be run from the command line, they must be invoked by another program. I don't run this program you mention, so I cannot say for sure.

It looks to me like you are in luck. The file list here (https://packages.debian.org/sid/amd64/gnome-shell-pomodoro/filelist) says you run, well, the obvious one :)

  • I went to /usr/bin from command line and then did ./gnome-pomodoro . It only open the preferences window and doesn't actually run the app – Vineel Jul 9 '16 at 21:22
  • You don' t need to cd to /usr/bin. Almost for sure, /usr/bin is in your PATH variable, and if you open a terminal and run "gnome-pomodoro" it will run. You say that opens the preferences app, which means you are in the situation I warned you about. Perhaps this is not a "program" you can run separately, it is an applet that has to run by some other program. Possible you run "gnome-pomodoro --help" to see if it has options. More generally, get used to the command line. Try some things like "firefox &" or "emacs &" or other apps that I know will work, supposing you have those installed. – pauljohn32 Jul 10 '16 at 5:01
  • I notice in "man gnome-pomodoro" there are command line options. Appears you are describing the behavior with the "--preferences" flag. I wonder what happens if you run with the argument "--no-default-window". That is described as "Run as a background service". Maybe that is what you are trying to achieve. Sorry I can't help more, but I don't want to install 50 packages just to try that one app. – pauljohn32 Jul 10 '16 at 19:39

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