Time tracking

16 Best Free and Open Source Linux Time Tracking Software

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.

A fairly wide range of free Linux time tracking tools are 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.

Our verdict is captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart. Only free and open source software is eligible for inclusion here.

Ratings chart for the best free and open source GUI time tracking tools

Let’s explore the 16 time tracking applications at hand. Click the links in the table below to learn all about each program.

Time Tracking
Time CopBilled as a time tracking app that respects your privacy
Project HamsterTime tracking applet for the GNOME desktop environment
Task CoachDesigned to deal with composite tasks
TimeSlotTrackerJava based time tracking tool
dotProjectWeb-based, multi-user, multi-language project management application
Toggl DesktopToggl time tracking client
KTimetrackerTodo management and time tracking application
KapowPunch clock program designed to track time
TimetrackSimple timetrack app for GNOME
RachotaDesigned for personal timetracking of projects
BaralgaSimple and lightweight time tracking
TimeITUnobtrusive time tracker
dxtimeSmall program for time tracking using wxWidgets, wxSQLite, and SQLIte3
KimaiWeb based software that tracks work time, and classifies it
KhronosSimple tool to let you track the time spent on a task
CharmCross-platform software for professionals

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