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GNOME time tracker
Python HTML Shell

Hamster - The Gnome Time Tracker

Hamster is time tracking for individuals. It helps you to keep track of how much time you have spent during the day on activities you choose to track.


You can use the usually stable master or download stable releases.


Debian-based: apt-get install gettext intltool python-gconf python-xdg gir1.2-gconf-2.0 RPM-based: yum install gettext intltool gnome-python2-gconf


./waf configure build --prefix=/usr/local
sudo ./waf install

If you upgraded from an existing installation make sure to kill the running daemons:

pkill -f hamster-service
pkill -f hamster-windows-service

Now restart your panels/docks and you should be able to add Hamster!

Migrating from hamster-applet

Previously Hamster was installed everywhere under hamster-applet. As the applet is long gone, the paths and file names have changed to hamster-time-tracker. To clean up previous installs follow these steps:

git checkout d140d45f105d4ca07d4e33bcec1fae30143959fe
./waf configure build --prefix=/usr
sudo ./waf uninstall


  1. Fork this project
  2. Create a topic branch - git checkout -b my_branch
  3. Push to your branch - git push origin my_branch
  4. Submit a Pull Request with your branch
  5. That's it!

Also check out our mailing list for technical discussions.

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