Stretchly – reminder to take breaks

Last Updated on September 1, 2020

Many people who regularly use computers suffer from eye strain and fatigue. Looking at a monitor for a long time can strain your eyes or can make any other problems you are having with your eyes seem more apparent.

There are lots of simple steps you can take to reduce eye strain and fatigue. These include adjusting the brightness, contrast settings, and text size displayed, as well as minimizing glare, and ensuring your room has proper lighting. Taking regular breaks is also very important. This is where Stretchly is designed to help.

Stretchly is a cross-platform open source app that reminds you to take breaks when working with your computer.


The developer provides impressive support. There’s packages for Ubuntu/Debian, Arch, and Fedora/RedHat. There’s also an AppImage for both 32-bit and 64-bit Linux systems. AppImage is a format for distributing portable software on Linux without needing superuser permissions to install the application. All that’s required is to download the AppImage, and make the file executable by typing:

$ chmod u+x ./Stretchly-1.0.0.AppImage

There’s a package for FreeBSD. And if you’ve strayed over to the dark side, there’s also binaries for Windows and Mac OS X.

As this is open source software, there’s the full source code available.

Next page: Page 2 – In Operation

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Settings
Page 4 – Summary

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