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gtt is a fully featured command line interface for GitLab's time tracking feature. It monitors the time you spent on an issue or merge request locally and syncs it to GitLab. It also allows you to create reports in various formats from time tracking data stored on GitLab.

Please support the development of this free software by donating or sharing!

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requirements

installation

Install the gtt command line interface using yarn:

yarn global add gitlab-time-tracker --prefix /usr/local

... or using npm (recommended on Windows operating systems):

npm install -g gitlab-time-tracker

Run the config command to create a config file and open it in your default editor. In linux terminal, you must set your preferred editor in the environment. For example, use export EDITOR=vim to edit the files with vim (put this in .bashrc or similar to have it always configured). If nothing happens, open the file manually: ~/.gtt/config.yml - on Windows: C:\Users\YourUserName\.gtt\config.yml

gtt config

Add your GitLab API url and your GitLab API personal token to the config file and save it afterwards:

url: https://gitlab.com/api/v4/
token: 01234567891011

updating

Updating from version <= 1.5? Please click here!

Update gtt via yarn:

yarn global upgrade gitlab-time-tracker

... or npm:

npm install -g gitlab-time-tracker

docker

You don't need to have node and gtt installed on your system in order to use gtt, you can use the official Docker image as well:

docker run \
       --rm -it \
       -v ~:/root \
       kriskbx/gitlab-time-tracker \
       --help

--rm removes the container after running, -it makes it interactive, -v ~:/root mounts your home directory to the home directory inside the container. If you want to store the config in another place, mount another directory:

docker run \
       --rm -it \
       -v /path/to/gtt-config:/root \
       kriskbx/gitlab-time-tracker \
       --help

... or use a Docker volume:

docker volume create gtt-config

docker run \
      --rm -it \
      -v gtt-config:/root \
      kriskbx/gitlab-time-tracker \
      --help

I highly recommend creating an alias and adding it to your bashrc:

echo "alias gtt='docker run --rm -it -v ~:/root kriskbx/gitlab-time-tracker'" >>~/.bashrc

Now you can simply write gtt instead of the bulky Docker command before. Try it out: gtt --help

Note: If you want to save reports via the --file parameter, make sure to save them in /root or another mounted directory that you have access to on your host machine. Take a look at the Docker documentation about how Docker handles data and volumes.

commands

I) configuration

Click here for a complete list of configuration options.

Edit/create the global configuration file, stored in your home directory:

gtt config

If nothing happens, open the file manually: ~/.gtt/config.yml - on Windows: C:\Users\YourUserName\.gtt\config.yml

Edit/create a local configuration file .gtt.yml in the current working directory:

gtt config --local

If a local configuration file is present it will extend of the global one and overwrites global settings. If you don't want to extend the global configuration file, set the extend option in your local config to false. So you can use gtt easily on a per project basis. Make sure to add .gtt.yml to your gitignore file if using a local configuration.

II) time tracking

Time tracking enables you to monitor the time you spent on an issue or merge request locally. When you're done, you can sync these time records to GitLab: gtt adds the time spent to the given issue or merge request and automagically keeps everything in sync with your local data.

Did you forgot to stop time monitoring locally and accidentally synced it to GitLab? No worries, just edit the local record and run sync again.

Start local time monitoring for the given project and issue id:

gtt start "kriskbx/example-project" 15
gtt start 15

If you configured a project in your config you can omit the project.

Start local time monitoring for a merge request:

gtt start --type=merge_request "kriskbx/example-project" 15
gtt start --type=merge_request 15

Start local time monitoring and create a new issue or merge request with the given title:

gtt create "kriskbx/example-project" "New Issue"
gtt create "New Issue"
gtt create --type=merge_request "kriskbx/example-project" "New Issue"
gtt create --type=merge_request "New Issue"

Show the current time monitoring status:

gtt status

Stop local time monitoring and save as a new time record:

gtt stop

Cancel local time monitoring and discard the time record:

gtt cancel

Show a list of all local time records (including their ids and meta data):

gtt log

Note: gtt log uses UTC as default timezone. If you want to display the times in a different timezone, make sure to use timezone: "Europe/Berlin" in your config.

Edit a local time record by the given id:

gtt edit 2XZkV5LNM
gtt edit

You can omit the id to edit the last added time record.

Delete a local time record by the given id:

gtt delete 2XZkV5LNM
gtt delete

You can omit the id to delete the last added time record.

Sync local time records with time tracking data on Gitlab:

gtt sync
gtt sync --proxy="http://localhost:8888"

You can pass an url to the proxy option if you want to use a proxy server.

III) reports

Get a report for the time tracking data stored on GitLab. If you want to include your local data make sure to sync it before running the report command. The report command has a lot of options to filter data and output, make sure to read through the docs before using it.

Get a report

gtt report ["namespace/project"] [issue_id]
gtt report "kriskbx/example-project"
gtt report "kriskbx/example-project" 145
gtt report "kriskbx/example-project" 145 209 45 54
gtt report
gtt report 145
gtt report 123 345 123

If you configured a project in your config file you can omit it. By passing a or multiple ids you can limit the report to the given issues or merge requests. Note: if you're passing a or multiple ids, gtt will fetch issues with these ids by default. If you want to fetch merge requests you can change the query type using the --query option.

Query groups and subgroups

gtt report ["namespace"] --type=group
gtt report example-group --type=group
gtt report example-group --type=group --subgroups

Query all projects from the given group and combine the data into a single report. The option --subgroups includes subgroups.

Query multiple projects or groups and combine the data in one report

gtt report ["namespace/project"] ["namespace/project"] ...
gtt report "kriskbx/example-project" "kriskbx/example-project-2"
gtt report ["namespace"] ["namespace"] ... --type=group
gtt report example-group example-group-2 --type=group

Hint: use the project_id or project_namespace columns in your report.

Choose an output for your report

gtt report --output=table
gtt report --output=markdown
gtt report --output=csv
gtt report --output=pdf --file=filename.pdf

Defaults to table. csv and markdown can be printed to stdout, pdf needs the file parameter.

Print the output to a file

gtt report --file=filename.txt

Only get time records from the given time frame

gtt report --from="2017-03-01" --to="2017-04-01"

Note: --from defaults to 1970-01-01, --to defaults to now. Make sure to use an ISO 8601 compatible time/date format.

There are some quick shorthands:

gtt report --today
gtt report --this_week
gtt report --this_month

Include closed issues/merge requests

gtt report --closed

Limit to the given user

gtt report --user=username

Limit to the given milestone

gtt report --milestone=milestone_name

Limit issues and merge requests to the given labels

gtt report --include_by_labels=critical --include_by_labels=important

Exclude issues and merge requests that have the given labels

gtt report --exclude_by_labels=wont-fix --exclude_by_labels=ignore

Limit the query to the given data type

gtt report --query=issues
gtt report --query=merge_requests

Include issues and merge requests in the report that have no time records

gtt report --show_without_times

Limit the parts in the final report

gtt report --report=stats --report=issues

Note: These parts are available: stats, issues, merge_requests, records

Hide headlines in the report

gtt report --no_headlines

Hide warnings in the report

gtt report --no_warnings

Set date format for the report

gtt report --date_format="DD.MM.YYYY HH:mm:ss"

Note: Click here for a further documentation on the date format.

Set time format for the report

gtt report --time_format="[%sign][%days>d ][%hours>h ][%minutes>m ][%seconds>s]"

Note: Click here for a further documentation on the time format.

Set hours per day

gtt report --hours_per_day=6

Set columns included in the time record table

gtt report --record_columns=user --record_columns=date --record_columns=time

Note: Available columns to choose from: user, date, type, iid, project_id, project_namespace, time

Set columns included in the issue table

gtt report --issue_columns=iid --issue_columns=title --issue_columns=time_username

Note: Available columns to choose from: id, iid, title, project_id, project_namespace, description, labels, milestone, assignee, author, closed, updated_at, created_at, state, spent, total_spent, total_estimate

You can also include columns that show the total time spent by a specific user by following this convention: time_username

Set columns included in the merge request table

gtt report --merge_request_columns=iid --merge_request_columns=title --merge_request_columns=time_username

Note: Available columns to choose from: id, iid, title, project_id, project_namespace, description, labels, milestone, assignee, author, updated_at, created_at, state, spent, total_spent, total_estimate

You can also include columns that show the total time spent by a specific user by following this convention: time_username

Add columns for each project member to issue and merge request table, including their total time spent

gtt report --user_columns

Only include the given labels in the report

gtt report --include_labels=pending --include_labels=approved

Exclude the given labels from the report

gtt report --exclude_labels=bug --exclude_labels=feature

Use a proxy server

gtt report --proxy="http://localhost:8080"

Output verbose debug information

gtt report --verbose

configuration

The configuration uses the yaml file format. Click here for more information how to edit and create a config file.

Config File

Here's a sample configuration file including all available options:

# Url to the gitlab api
# Make sure there's a trailing slash
# [required]
url: http://gitlab.com/api/v4/

# GitLab personal api token
# [required]
token: abcdefghijklmnopqrst

# Use a proxy server
# defaults to false
proxy: http://localhost:8080

# Don't check SSL certificate
# defaults to false
insecure: true

# Project
# defaults to false
project: namespace/projectname

# Include closed issues and merge requests
# defaults to false
closed: true

# Limit to the given milestone
# defaults to false
milestone: milestone_name

# Exclude issues and merge requests that have the given labels
# defaults to an empty array
excludeByLabels:
- wont-fix
- ignore

# Limit issues and merge requests to the given labels
# defaults to an empty array
includeByLabels:
- critical
- important

# Limit the query to the given data type
# available: issues, merge_requests
# defaults to [issues, merge_requests]
query:
- issues

# Limit the parts in the final report
# available: stats, issues, merge_requests, records
# defaults to [stats, issues, merge_requests, records]
report:
- stats
- records

# Hide headlines in the report
# defaults to false
noHeadlines: true

# Hide warnings in the report
# defaults to false
noWarnings: true

# Include issues and merge requests in the report that have no time records
# defaults to false
showWithoutTimes: true

# Hours per day
# defaults to 8
hoursPerDay: 8

# Days per week
# defaults to 5
daysPerWeek: 5

# Weeks per month
# defaults to 4
weeksPerMonth: 4

# Include the given columns in the issue table
# See --issue_columns option for more information
# defaults to iid, title, spent, total_estimate
issueColumns:
- iid
- title
- total_estimate

# Include the given columns in the merge request table
# See --merge_request_columns option for more information
# defaults to iid, title, spent, total_estimate
mergeRequestColumns:
- iid
- title
- total_estimate

# Include the given columns in the time record table
# See --record_columns option for more information
# defaults to user, date, type, iid, time
recordColumns:
- user
- iid
- time

# Add columns for each project member to issue and
# merge request table, including their total time spent
# defaults to true
userColumns: true

# Date format
# Click here for format options: http://momentjs.com/docs/#/displaying/format/
# defaults to DD.MM.YYYY HH:mm:ss
dateFormat: DD.MM.YYYY HH:mm:ss

# Time format
# See time format configuration below
# defaults to "[%sign][%days>d ][%hours>h ][%minutes>m ][%seconds>s]"
timeFormat: "[%sign][%days>d ][%hours>h ][%minutes>m ][%seconds>s]"

# Time format for different parts of the report
# Instead of specifying one global time format you can specify one for every
# part of the report and the log command
timeFormat:
  log: "[%sign][%hours_overall]"
  stats: "[%sign][%days_overall]"
  issues: "[%sign][%hours_overall]"
  merge_requests: "[%sign][%hours_overall]"
  records: "[%sign][%days>d ][%hours>h ][%minutes>m ][%seconds>s]"

# Change your timezone
# default: UTC
timezone: "Europe/Berlin"

# Output type
# Available: csv, table, markdown, pdf
# defaults to table
output: markdown

# Exclude the given labels from the report
# defaults to an empty array
excludeLabels:
- bug
- feature

# Only include the given labels in the report
# defaults to an empty array
includeLabels:
- pending
- approved

# Only works if using a local configuration file!
# Extend the global configuration if set to true, pass a string to extend 
# the configuration file stored at the given path
# defaults to true
extend: true

# Change number of concurrent connections/http queries
# Note: Handle with care, we don't want to spam GitLabs API too much
# defaults to 10
_parallel: 20

# Change rows per page (max. 100)
# defaults to 100
_perPage: 100

# Verbose output
_verbose: false

# Check access token validity up front
_checkToken: false

# Skip parsing the issue/merge_request description for time records
_skipDescriptionParsing: false

Time format

[%sign], [%days], [%hours], [%minutes], [%seconds]

Prints out the raw data.

Example config:

timeFormat: "[%sign][%days]d [%hours]h [%minutes]m [%seconds]s"

Example outputs:

0d 0h 30m 15s
-1d 10h 15m 0s
[%days>string], [%hours>string], [%minutes>string], [%seconds>string]

This is a conditional: it prints out the raw data and appends the given string if the data is greater than zero.

Example config:

timeFormat: "[%sign][%days>d ][%hours>h ][%minutes>m ][%seconds>s]"

Example outputs:

30m 15s
-1d 10h 15m
[%Days], [%Hours], [%Minutes], [%Seconds], [%Days>string], [%Hours>string], [%Minutes>string], [%Seconds>string]

First letter uppercase adds leading zeros.

Example config:

timeFormat: "[%sign][%Days]:[%Hours]:[%Minutes]:[%Seconds]"

Example outputs:

00:00:30:15
-01:10:15:00
[%days_overall], [%hours_overall], [%minutes_overall], [%seconds_overall]

Instead of printing out the second-, minute-, hour-, day-part of the duration this prints the complete time in either seconds, minutes, hours or days.

Example config:

timeFormat: "[%sign][%minutes_overall]"

Example outputs:

30.25
1095
[%days_overall_comma], [%hours_overall_comma], [%minutes_overall_comma], [%seconds_overall_comma]

Use a comma for float values instead of a point. (Useful for some european countries)

Example config:

timeFormat: "[%sign][%minutes_overall]"

Example outputs:

30,25
1095
[%hours_overall:2], [%days_overall:3]

You can ceil any float value by adding the number of decimals to keep separated with a :.

Example config:

timeFormat: "[%sign][%hours_overall:2]"

Example outputs:

0,51
18,25

how to use gtt as a library

Add as a dependency using yarn:

yarn add gitlab-time-tracker

... or using npm:

npm install --save gitlab-time-tracker

Use it in your project:

// require modules
const Config = require('gitlab-time-tracker/src/include/config');
const Report = require('gitlab-time-tracker/src/models/report');

// create a default config
let config = new Config();

// set required parameters
config.set('token', 'abcdefghijklmnopqrst');
config.set('project', 'namespace/project');

// create report
let report = new Report(config);

// query and process data
try {
    await report.getProject()
    await report.getIssues()
    await report.getMergeRequests()
    await report.processIssues()
    await report.processMergeRequests()
} catch (error) {
    console.log(error)
}
      
// access data on report
report.issues.forEach(issue => {
    // time records on issue
    console.log(issue.times);
    // time spent of single time record
    console.log(issue.times[0].time);
});
report.mergeRequests.forEach(mergeRequest => {
    // time records on merge requests
    console.log(mergeRequest.times);
    // user of single time record
    console.log(mergeRequest.times[0].user);
});

dumps

Starting with 1.7.4 gtt can dump the results of all API requests within a report and use it on another machine without access to the GitLab instance itself. This is very useful for debugging purposes. If you stumble upon a bug which could be unique to your set of data, please rerun the report with these options to save a dump to the given file: --output=dump --file=/path/dump.json Check your dump for sensitive information and provide it when asked.

faqs

What is the difference between 'total spent' and 'spent'?

total spent is the total amount of time spent in all issues after filtering. It can include times outside the queried time frame. spent on the other hand is the total amount of time spent in the given time frame.

contributing

I would love to integrate unit testing in this project, but unfortunately my knowledge of testing in the JavaScript/Node.js world is very limited. (I'm actually a PHP dev) So this would be a very helpful thing to contribute but of course all contributions are very welcome.

  • Please work in your own branch, e.g. integrate-awesome-feature, fix-awful-bug, improve-this-crappy-docs
  • Create a pull request to the dev branch

buy me a beer

gtt is an open source project, developed and maintained completely in my free time.

If you enjoy using gtt you can support the project by contributing to the code base, sharing it to your colleagues and co-workers or monetarily by donating via PayPal. Every type of support is helpful and thank you very much if you consider supporting the project or already have done so. 💜

license

GPL v2