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I'm looking for computer-based The Pomodoro Technique timers with rational that provide cross-platform compatibility. It should not be restricted to a single Windows edition. Currently, I'm using Focus Booster because of its simplicity, but I don't like how it requires Adobe AIR.

Google repeats the same timers over and over again often with a lack of features or experience, and I would like to see more specific options. So, which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?


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Did you use Focus Booster or just liked the software layout? Adobe AIR isn't something you have to learn to use so it shouldn't be complicated. –  Renan Jul 27 '11 at 13:17
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I've edited to make the question generic to any computer-based timer so that we don't have multiple questions: one for windows, one for OS X, one for iOS, one for Linux, etc. Better to have folks recommend timers they like and then indicate OS compatibility as the answers will become more of a resource for someone interested in finding a timer, with the most comprehensive and canonical survey of timing programs hopefully earning the most votes in time. This is also why I removed the recommendation for one timer per answer. Poll type questions are now discouraged in favor of complete answers. –  Adam Wuerl Aug 4 '11 at 21:17
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@Adam Wuerl "edited to make the question generic". Sometimes having separate questions for each OS is beneficial. Consider this: if you were looking for a timer for OS X, would you really want to wade through a dozen answers for Windows software just to find one relevant answer for Mac? . Is it common practice to completely rewrite a person's post? This rewrite completely changes the original intent and removes any humor which had made reading it more enjoyable. If anything, I was hoping a moderator would turn this into a community wiki, but I didn't want to bother you by flagging it so. –  Dubs Aug 8 '11 at 15:20

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I use TeamViz to manage my tasks and time them as per the Pomodoro Technique. It has a pretty slick drag and drop interface for managing tasks. It also has a syncing option which enables me to use it in my office as well as at home. It also generates graphs of your activites. The best thing I like about it is that it's available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux as well. I personally have tested it on Mac OS X (at my office) and Ubuntu (at home), and it works fine. You may download it here.

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I suggest to consider 15 minutes to be a very easy-to-use Windows and Mac application.

Issues:

  • It uses intervals that are not typical to the Pomodoro Technique which can't be changed
  • The only available actions are 'Start', 'Stop', and 'Pause'.

Windows:

Windows Screenshot

Mac: Mac Screenshot

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For Windows:

MaToMaTo

It is build in WPF, so .NET 3.5 is required.

No configuration is available, but it does the trick.

Screenshot:

MaToMaTo screenshot

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If you are a real hacker you can have one on the command line:

#!/usr/bin/env ruby
STDOUT.sync = true
seconds = ARGV[0].to_i * 60
seconds.times do
    print "."
    sleep 1
end
system "tput bel"
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I use http://tomatoi.st/. It's a web site and is dead simple. You can run the timer, register breaks, and it makes a ding at the end. ;-) It also records your previous runs, so you can get a history.

It doesn't do any task tracking, but you asked for a timer.

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I use pomodoro.app for OS X (note: the website is broken, but you can get the source from GitHub if you are comfortable building it yourself). I like its clean interface and Growl integration.

Appearance in menu bar

Pomodoro menu

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I use Pomodorium - because it's a pomodoro timer with an RPG-like game, and you get 'golds' for poms.

Pomodorium is an Adobe AIR application and requires Adobe Air to run. It runs OK on computers with 1 G RAM or more.

I like this timer, because it has a game inside and for every completed pomodoros you:

  • get 'gold' and there is game character - you buy him/her armors/weapons for this gold.
  • There is a map you can travel through and fight monsters.

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Sounded intriguing until I saw that it, too, ran on Adobe AIR. –  Dubs Aug 3 '11 at 16:31
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+1 for more details and a screenshot, looks like a fun game. :) –  Tom Wijsman Aug 8 '11 at 15:59
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Adobe. Why are they still in business?! –  adolf garlic Aug 24 '11 at 7:26
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+1 It is a brilliant idea to build a RPG game around pomodoro technique. –  Skarab Jan 22 '12 at 11:17
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@JanDoggen the gaming is heavily dependent on gold. You get 20-25 gold per pomodoro and the cheapest items are 50-100. You get injured most times you fight and need to pay 50 for a healing potion and once you kill all the monsters in a castle you need to pay a substantial amount for travel to another castle. So you end up playing for a couple of minutes every fourth pomodoro maybe. If you get into the game it's quite motivating. –  jim Nov 14 at 5:42

I use Tomighty, because:

If you need just a timer without any fireworks (task lists and other distractions), go for Tomighty.

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+1 for not running on Adobe AIR –  Dubs Aug 3 '11 at 16:35
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+1 for not adobe –  adolf garlic Aug 24 '11 at 7:26
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ach it says "could not find the main class. program will exit" on winXP :( –  adolf garlic Aug 24 '11 at 8:04
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Requires Java runtime –  JP Hellemons Jul 11 '12 at 10:47

There is an webapp called Pomotasker that can work on desktop and mobile browsers. Also it can store your task on the cloud, so that you can start your pomodoro on desktop and continue on mobile. Or you can use it as I do: add tasks on mobile before you forget and you'll have your task list ready when you get to your desk. Currently on beta but I'haven't encounter any bugs.

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Very surprised to not see any mention of Pomotodo so far, considering I had to look into the second page too!

Pomotodo is two things: a pomodoro timer/logger, and a TODO list. Part of the reason I've been using it for so long is because I've never been satisfied with a single program for each... but this one works well if you're a fan of TODO-lists.

It's free, and seemingly only updated by one Chinese developer, but there's recently been a subscription service that adds some beta features, like different clock sounds, weekly emails of your progress, hashtag tracking...

I really like it. But honestly, I'm not sure how to go about recommending getting the subscription (it's cheap at least) as I'm forgetful about what I got.

I'll update this post if this strangely specific app looks interesting to anybody, but I'm in a small hurry & kinda doubt that something better hasn't been mentioned...

Stats page:

stats page

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It seems that no one mentioned Marinara Timer yet and it's pretty powerful as it lets you customise the length of each pomodoro and rest, adjust the sounds played and even provides you with a global URL so that you can easily use it on multiple devices in sync at the same time.

To use, simply go to marinaratimer.com/ANYURL

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Menubar Countdown:

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  • Works on OS X

  • Simple And Customizable

  • Free

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So for OS X there's also this Pomodoro Timer app

Features:

  • Shows remaining time

  • Customizable Length

  • Nice UI

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Drawback:

  • High Price(It was 1.99 but I figure they've increased the price which is a little bit ridiculous now for such a simple App)
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I use Strict Workflow from the Chrome Web Store, which has the advantage of being a toolbar item (does not require a browser tab), a website blocklist to prevent facebooking, and the ability to change the 25/5 cadence . I use 40 work/10 break which is better for programming.

The HTML pomodoros include Pomodoro Daisuki, Tomatoi.st Pomodoro or E.gg.Timer.com and the Flash-based like Focus Booster Pomodoro. I didn't like Pomodoro Screenlet -- very limited functionality. I couldn't get pomodoro-indicator to work in Ubuntu 11.10, nor the Tomighty Java app. On iPhone I use PomodoroLE, and on Android I use Pomodroido.

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I'd like to suggest Focus Timer for Mac. I'm the developer of this app and i'm using it every day.

The main idea behind this timer is that you should not be distracted be the timer app itself, unlike most timers do. To achieve that timer have no sophisticated interface - just a few buttons.

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From all the Android apps I've tried, I'd suggest Clockwork Tomato. It it's essentially a timer (offers a ton of settings, though) has a beautiful UI, you can also use the widget it offers for quicker launch, and can display history for all completed pomodoros, in columns for days, aligned by hour. It also has these two great options:

  • to "include unfinished pomodoros" in the log (eg. if you start a pomodoro and press skip/stop before 25min - but at least at 60% of it's duration) it will be proportionally be added to the log of finished pomodoros).
  • Also it has the "auto-continue" option: when a timer ends, to automatically start the following timer.

Then, it's also Pomodoro.txt It offers a to-do list which you can order and filter by priority. Then you can start a task with the option for pomodoro length of 10,25 or 45 min It also history of completed pomodoros and can sync via Dropbox in order to backup the to-do list.

Last, there is "TimeWise: A Pomodoro Timer" (google it - I can't post a third link in the same post, yet) it also offers a to-do list, where you can assign pomodoro to each, and also can display history of completed pomodoros. I hope that in the next update it will improve, because it still has some issues.

And, for windows, it's XorTime (google it). It offers a paper-like interface with a to-do list, an unplanned list, and an activity inventory -all exactly as Pomodoro Technique instructs- you can assign pomodoro to each, also can dsplay history of completed pomodoros, and can display statistics for all completed/bad pomodoros and interruptions.

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Let's share with you my pomodoro timer named PomoQQ that I developed since I was disappointed by the lack of the auto-starting of pomodoros and breaks feature in other pomodoro timer softwares.

It was then added to this new project. Let's even say that I am using it for a while now and this so simple feature helps a lot to keep using the pomodoro technique during all the day and helps respect the defined time-frame for breaks (cf. 5 and 15 minutes).

(roughly 25 pomodoros per day for me ;))

https://github.com/canercandan/pomoqq

PomoQQ PomoQQ PomoQQ

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There is Pizza Timer on Windows.

Have you ever put a frozen Pizza into the oven, and then left for the TV or computer. 20 minutes later, you are totally caught by the movie, a video game, or by some interesting website. You forget about your dish just for a minute too long, and what's left is a dark brown piece of waste.

This small tool is very easy to use, and can be configued for any countdown time. It is completely free to download and use.

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I use three timers.

  • My phone. Google's default Android Clock app.
  • Google search. Just search for "timer 5 min" and a timer with a 5 minute counter will appear.
  • My watch.
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Yet another answer -

YAPA - Yet Another Pomodoro Application

Its minimalistic app written in WPF with source code available in GitHub. So you can can customize it if you like.

Some features as described by the author-

  • Configurable periods
  • Sound control
  • Pomodoro™ counter :)
  • Shows period progress on taskbar
  • Control app using taskbar jumplist
  • Select opacity for timer
  • Select light or dark theme for timer
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Hi I'm not sure if this is of interest to you, but I'm currently working on a Pomodoro online timer, check it out at http://www.pomodorotimeronline.net/ I'm currently thinking of new features to put into it, so any suggestions would be welcome.

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I use Tomatoes, it's a dead simple web-based pomodoro timer and time tracker.

It helps me stay focused and it has also rankings to challenge my friends. The project is free software and you can fork the code at http://github.com/potomak/tomatoes.

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I use pymodoro, a simple Python script that integrates into Xmobar and Dzen2 showing within them a (textual) progress bar and the remaining time of a pomodoro. Some features:

  • system-integrated notifications,
  • audible ticking,
  • custom duration times,
  • multiple pomodoros,
  • several customisations for aspect of the bar (lenght, and mark characters used) and sounds.
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Welcome to Productivity.SE. One-liners aren't really helpful in our format. If you think something is worth using, please write about it, don't just paste links at people. The idea here is to provide answers, not just the same list a search engine would provide. In your specific case, I don't have any idea what your script will do thus I don't know what benefits installing Python and this script will give me... –  Tom Wijsman Aug 8 '11 at 16:04

I would like to share another Pomodoro app for iPhone (Disclaimer: I'm one of the developers). It's just 1.99 and we think we've put out the best UI out there! You can get it at https://bitly.com/1ePOUHH

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Check out mypomodoro

Windows and OS X

It is not only a timer, but has all the options that the pomodoro technique specifies.

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I have been using KanBanFlow - I like that it's a web app - nothing to install and runs anywhere; it also has a nice, clean list manager UI. The Pomodoro timer is simple, but works fine.

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Minuteur (for Mac) is excellent for Pomodoro, having all of the qualities Francisco Cirillo recommends. http://www.phg-home.com/index_mac.html

It makes a good ticking sound, and it puts a visual/spatial indicator of time remaining in the menu bar.

Furthremore, it is easy to create a preset for 25 minutes and one for 5 minutes. (Or if you prefer to "physically" set it yourself, you can "physically" drag the timer to the setting you want.

..And, makes a good solid ring.

I have been using it for this, for several years.

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If you are a proud Emacs user, then you can try small standalone lisp packages - tomatinho.el, pomodoro.el by Dave Kerschner, or pomodoro.el by Ivan Kanis (the first two available on MELPA package repository). Other option is to integrate pomodoro technique with org-mode, read more on Tracking Pomodoros In Emacs With Org-Mode and Pomodoro et org-mode (in French).

Note: Emacs is a text editor with great extensibility and lots of features. Mastering Emacs can arguably increase your productivity manyfold. Org-mode is a personal information manager (PIM) and planner with a gentle learning curve.

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