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rtimelog is a simple console/text based time tracker. It is inspired by gtimelog and uses the same data format and data file (~/.gtimelog/timelog.txt), so you can use gtimelog and rtimelog in parallel.

However, it has far fewer features. This was a toy project for learning Rust, and I don't use many gtimelog features myself. If you need one, please feel free to send a PR, or file an issue.

Work done today:
10 h 45 min: day of learning: time logger in Rust
 3 h 44 min: **
 0 h 18 min: team meeting
Total work done: 11 h 3 min
Total slacking: 3 h 44 min

0h 23 min since last entry; command (:h for help) or entry


This is an interactive program. On startup, it shows the work done so far today, grouped by entries with the same name, and the per-activity and total time.

Start the day with some first entry (like "arrived" or "start"). The text will be ignored, this is just to record the time. Everytime you complete something or switch activities, type its description.

If you do something non-work related, start the description with **, then it will be accounted as "slack time". You can be specific like ** lunch, or just have a single "unnamed" ** slack activity, depending on whether you care about tracking individual slack activities.

You can switch between per-day and per-week mode with :d and :w respectively. You can also append an additional number to show activities in the last n days/weeks -- for example, if you compile your weekly report on a Wednesday, use :d7 to show activities since Thursday last week.

Type :q to end the program.

Whenever you add an entry, it will be immediately saved to ~/.gtimelog/timelog.txt. It's possible to manually edit the file (directly or wiht the :e command), just be cautious to not break the format.


The releases page has automatically built binaries for Linux, Windows, and MacOS. Download the archive for your operating system, unpack it, and run rtimelog from the unpack directory.

On Linux, if you want to run rtimelog without specifying a path, you can install rtimelog into your home directory:

mkdir -p ~/bin
tar -C ~/bin -xvf rtimelog_*-linux*.tar.xz

or as administrator for all users:

sudo tar -C /usr/local/bin -xvf rtimelog_*-linux*.tar.xz


This project uses standard cargo. Install the Rust toolchain from your distro or with rustup, then you can run it with

cargo run --release

Run the unit tests with

cargo test



Command line time tracker compatible with gtimelog







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