Time tracking software is a type of computer software that records time spent on tasks. This category of software can enable users to run billing reports, and prepare invoices for clients.
The deployment of this software offers a new level of productivity to organizations, as it provides management with information on what time is spent by employees on different activities such as projects and tasks. This can help to measure productivity over time. This software is commonly used by professionals that charge clients by the hour such as accountants, solicitors, and freelancers. The generation of automatic invoices with minimal or no data entry removes the inconvenience of billing and invoicing clients, and improves efficiency.
There is a fairly wide range of free Linux time tracking tools available. This article identifies our favourite tools. We’ve restricted our selection to GUI software. There’s a separate Group Test for console based time tracking software.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 12 impressive free Linux GUI-based time tracking applications. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to keep track of time spent on tasks.
Now, let’s explore the 12 time tracking applications at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources.
|Project Hamster||Time tracking applet for the GNOME desktop environment|
|Task Coach||Designed to deal with composite tasks|
|TimeSlotTracker||Java based time tracking tool|
|dotProject||Web-based, multi-user, multi-language project management application|
|Toggl Desktop||Toggl time tracking client|
|KTimetracker||Todo management and time tracking application|
|Rachota||Designed for personal timetracking of projects|
|Kimai||Web based software that tracks work time, and classifies it|
|Kapow||Punch clock program designed to track time|
|Charm||Cross-platform software for professionals|
|TimeIT||Unobtrusive time tracker|
|Baralga||Simple and lightweight time tracking|
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