I am looking for a countdown timer software that minimises to tray while running and thus hiding any active window.

I am very fond of Tea Time, however, it does not minimise to tray and keeps an active window while running.

Some potential ideas (thanks Rinzwind):

  • Add a countdown feature that sits in the panel and keeps counting down)
  • Optionally even residing in the launcher and having an icon go 10,9,8...,1,"beep" (that's actually what Tea Time does)
  • @Rinzwind you want me to add your ideas to the question? – orschiro Jan 27 '17 at 14:37
  • Cool! Added your ideas. :-) – orschiro Jan 27 '17 at 14:41

Have a look at Alarm Clock. It is an alarm clock and a timer and minimise to tray.

Installation: sudo apt install alarm-clock-applet

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  • This is cool! Do you have a recommendation for a good default alarm clock sound? – orschiro Jan 27 '17 at 15:08
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    I like glass but you have to try and find one you like – Jean-Marie Jan 27 '17 at 15:09
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    Confirmed working with the newest Ubuntu 18.04. Once installed, hit super and look for "Alarm Clock". – Lucio Paiva May 4 '18 at 15:18
  • Perfect. Just a note - in order to display the timer in the tray, tick the preference "show time label" – Srikanth Oct 5 '19 at 10:19
  • Looks like this won't be in 20.04 according to this. – DK Bose Apr 14 at 2:45

I'm pretty sure that is not what the OP expects, but anyways I like it:

The nerd solution

nohup sleep 60 && notify-send Timer "Time up" && paplay /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/complete.oga &

I have to add a way to notify how much time is left ..

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  • How can I run this in tray? I assume I need an open terminal window? – orschiro Jan 27 '17 at 14:37
  • You run this in terminal and can then close the terminal. No tray at all, but also no active window. – pLumo Jan 27 '17 at 14:38
  • OK. With the recent edit of the Question, this answer doesn't fit anymore. I would like to leave it here because I like it and maybe helps others. – pLumo Jan 27 '17 at 14:43
  • @RoVo If I understand correctly, this does not work. You need to wrap everything from sleep to complete.oga in single quotes. Otherwise, the notify-send bit would run immediately, as nohup would only apply to the sleep 60 command. – jpaugh Jan 27 '17 at 18:30

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