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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Signed-off-by: Rob Caelers <>
Latest commit 03dd1da Oct 6, 2018

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)
  • 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


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