Time tracking

Watson – CLI to track your time

Watson is an open source tool designed to help users manage their time. You want to know how much time you are spending on your projects? You want to generate a friendly report for your client? Watson is a utility that fits this purpose.

Tell Watson when you start working on a task with the start command. Then, when you are done with this task, stop the timer with the stop command. This will create what we call a frame.

That’s pretty much everything you need to know to start using Watson.

Features include:

  • Stop running project when starting a new one.
  • Support for Bash completion.
  • Use crick.io to store your sessions remotely and share it with your colleagues.
  • Commands:
    • cancel – cancel the last call to the start command. The time will not be recorded.
    • config – get and set configuration options.
    • edit – edit a frame.
    • frames – display the list of all frame IDs.
    • help – display help information.
    • log – display each recorded session during the given timespan.
    • merge – perform a merge of the existing frames with a conflicting frames file.
    • projects – display the list of all existing projects.
    • remove – remove a frame.
    • report – display a report of the time spent on each project.
    • restart – restart monitoring time for a previously stopped project.
    • start – start monitoring time for the given project.
    • status – display when the current project was started and the time spent since.
    • stop – stop monitoring time for the current project.
    • sync – get the frames from the server and push the new ones.
    • tags – display the list of all the tags.
  • Complete browsable documentation.

Website: tailordev.github.io/Watson
Support: Commands, GitHub
Developer: Talordev
License: MIT License

Watson is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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