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
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 14:37
  • Cool! Added your ideas. :-)
    – orschiro
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 14:41

2 Answers 2


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

  • This is cool! Do you have a recommendation for a good default alarm clock sound?
    – orschiro
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 15:08
  • 1
    I like glass but you have to try and find one you like
    – Jean-Marie
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 15:09
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    Confirmed working with the newest Ubuntu 18.04. Once installed, hit super and look for "Alarm Clock". Commented May 4, 2018 at 15:18
  • Perfect. Just a note - in order to display the timer in the tray, tick the preference "show time label"
    – Srikanth
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 10:19
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    Looks like this won't be in 20.04 according to this.
    – DK Bose
    Commented Apr 14, 2020 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 ..

  • How can I run this in tray? I assume I need an open terminal window?
    – orschiro
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 14:37
  • You run this in terminal and can then close the terminal. No tray at all, but also no active window.
    – pLumo
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 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
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 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
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 18:30
  • @pLumo works like a charm. can you suggest a way to have it triggered EVERY 60s?
    – Thomas
    Commented Feb 2, 2022 at 17:00

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