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Workrave 1.10

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  • Windows: download from
  • Ubuntu: install with the "Ubuntu Software" application. (Note: not working with wayland on Ubuntu 17.10)
  • Ubuntu (and derivatives) Linux latest version:
    Add this PPA to your Software Sources
    either in the Ubuntu Software application, or from the terminal:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rob-caelers/workrave  
    sudo apt-get update
  • Arch Linux: use sudo pacman -S workrave to install from the community repository
  • FreeBSD:
    pkg install workrave


This document only discusses compilation on Unix (like OSes).
Information on how to compile Workrave on Windows can be found in

  • build/cmake/README (native compilation on windows) and
  • build/win32/README (cross-compilation on Linux)

Read the 'INSTALL' file for more detailed directions on compilation on Unix and OSX.

Workrave requires that development packages of at least the following software are installed. The version numbers mentioned have been tested during development.

  • GLib (2.16.0)
  • GLibmm (2.19.3)
  • Gtk (2.16.0)
  • Gtkmm (2.16.0)
  • Atk (1.20)
  • Pango (1.22.0)
  • Pangomm (2.14.0)
  • Cairo (1.2.4)
  • Cairomm (1.6.4)
  • DBus (1.0.2)
  • DBus-Glib (0.78)
  • GConf (2.13.5)
  • GConfmm (2.22.0)
  • GDome
  • GStreamer (0.10.10)
  • Libsigc++ (2.0.2)
  • Autoconf with Autoconf Macro Archive (2012.04.04)

Optionally, the following packages are required for gnome support.

  • ORbit (2.14.10)
  • Bonobo (2.15.0)
  • panel-applet (2.19.3)

For OS X, the following steps will install sufficient packages

  1. Install Homebrew
  2. brew install gettext intltool gobject-introspection autoconf-archive gtk+ gtk-mac-integration gtkmm3
  3. brew link --force gettext libffi


Show timers applet in Cinnamon

To make timers visible you need to explicitly add Workrave applet to a panel. In the other case only workrave icon is shown.

Technical Information

Have a look at the contrib directory to get a little insight into the different scripting possibilities!


  • Workrave uses dconf to store its configuration. dconf-editor can be used to explore and manipulate the values - be careful!
  • Workrave can receive dbus signals. Explore by having a look at the example python script or viewing in qdbusviewer (part of the qttools5-dev-tools package in Ubuntu).

In both of these, workrave is found under the org.workrave key.


Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit.




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