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Add functionality to stop a running pomodoro timer only on demand.


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This adds very basic support for Pomodoro technique in Emacs' org-mode.

With default options:

You can start a pomodoro for the task at point or select one of the last tasks that you clocked time for. Each clocked-in pomodoro starts a timer of 25 minutes and after each pomodoro a break timer of 5 minutes is started automatically. Every 4 breaks a long break is started with 20 minutes. All values are customizable.


Install from MELPA:

  • Add MELPA to your EMACS installation:

      (add-to-list 'package-archives
                   '("melpa" . "") t)
  • Install the package via M-x package-install RET org-pomodoro


  1. Move point to a task as you would do with org-clock-in. Call org-pomodoro the task will be clocked-in.
  2. When there's time for break, the task will be org-clock-out'ed
  3. If you call org-pomodoro during a pomodoro, you'll be asked to reset a pomodoro.
  4. If you call org-pomodoro outside org-mode, you'll be presented with list of recent tasks, as C-u org-clock-in would.


Most aspects of org-pomodoro can be customized. Examples are the length of pomodoros and breaks (org-pomodoro-length, org-pomodoro-short-break-length, org-pomodoro-long-break-length), sounds, modeline display, if breaks should be clocked (org-pomodoro-clock-break) the behaviour when a pomodoro is reset (org-pomodoro-ask-upon-killing, org-pomodoro-keep-killed-time) etc. Have a look at the org-pomodoro customization group.

Some workflows benefit from the option to work a few minutes “overtime” to finish a task before taking a break (that is, a slightly dynamic pomodoro time). The option org-pomodoro-manual-break enables this workflow, where a break notification is sent at the end of the pomodoro time but the break is started first when manually calling org-pomodoro.


This file is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3, or (at your option) any later version.

This file is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with GNU Emacs; see the file COPYING. If not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.

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