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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
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
@Jeanne: As you are a moderator, I would suggest you to read Good Subjective, Bad Subjective. This question is not constructive; "and say why you like that software" does not add any learning value, because you don't learn anything from subjective opinions. If the first hit on Google for "Pomodoro Timers" gives me useful results, then what's the use of this question? – Tom Wijsman Aug 7 '11 at 21:13
@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 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.


This application has been ported on windows phone and available on windows store here:

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Sounded intriguing until I saw that it, too, ran on Adobe AIR. – Dubs Aug 3 '11 at 16:31
+1 for more details and a screenshot, looks like a fun game. :) – Tom Wijsman Aug 8 '11 at 15:59
Adobe. Why are they still in business?! – adolf garlic Aug 24 '11 at 7:26
+1 It is a brilliant idea to build a RPG game around pomodoro technique. – Skarab Jan 22 '12 at 11:17
@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 '14 at 5:42

Yet another answer -

Pomello - Best pomodoro app I have come across so far.

Pomello turns your Trello cards into Pomodoro® tasks. It stays on top of your windows to help you stay focused on the task at hand.

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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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PomoDone -

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Has been my favorite desktop solution. They have informed me of a mobile version in the works. I use it because it syncs todos from my other accounts like wunderlist, trello, and todoist. It also free!

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Pomodoro Timer Lite - Using Bootstrap CSS

I built a basic and clean Pomdoro Timer as a pet project, for me and my friends.


  1. 25:00 mins - Standard Timer
  2. 05:00 mins - Short Break
  3. 15:00 mins - Long Break
  4. Simple and Clean User Interface
  5. HTML5 App - Works on any device with latest browser. No installation needed
  6. Responsive Design - Adjusts to both Mobile and Desktop Browsers
  7. Hosted on GitHub - You can fork and contribute to the project


Desktop Browser

Desktop browser preview

Mobile Browser

Mobile browser preview

Please note that, it still needs some improvements, and I am working on it.

If you find some issues, you can please leave your feedback here: Submit Issue. (You will need a account for it)

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Build Focus

Build Focus is a pomodoro timer, with built-in blocking, built around a city simulator.

The city simulator itself is the pretty key part here: every time you complete a pomodoro your city gets a new building, or upgrade, but every time you get distracted a random building is demolished. Remarkably quickly the feedback loop means you get to the point where you start typing "faceboo..." into your address bar, and you glance at the Build Focus icon to check if it's safe, realise what you're doing, and go back to getting work done. For me it's a remarkably effective way to actually stick with my pomodoros without getting distracted.


  • Currently Chrome-only, Firefox coming very soon, then mobile too
  • Free
  • Blocks pages as well as providing timing notifications
  • Way more addictive than other pomodoro timers (and getting addicted to successfully concentrating is no bad thing)

Build Focus screenshot

(Disclaimer: I built Build Focus)

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Sexy Time Productivity - A Pomodoro timer with built in binaural audio to drown out distractions. It's a web app.

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I got into the pomodoro technique after using focus@will. It's a service (not free, but not very expensive), which lets you play music that is optimized for productivity.

The focus@will user interface

The pomodoro timer is exceedingly simple, but does the job very well. It has a productivity tracker that lets you keep track of how focused you are, but that's about it.

Again, it's not free, and its main use is as a music player, but for me it works really well.

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I'm going to plug this free webapp that I made.

I track Pomodoros like it's a religion. Being self-employed I need it to stay focus.

At the time, I couldn't find a Pomodoro App that accurately tracked my progress. Basically I wanted to see how I was doing last week, last month. Am I trending upwards or downwards etc.

The History View is the best part of the app. Let's you see the past 12 weeks at a glance.

PomoTrackr History View

Also the ability to edit the Pomos you did today. And you can add Pomos manually, so your completed Pomodoros is always accurate.

Check it out, it's free. Tell me what you think.

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I like the more minimal approaches with no big window on screen. The Activity Timer - Pomodoro Edition is here really smooth.

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It looks like this is Apple only, and the OP specifically asked that provide cross-platform compatibility. – Jan Doggen Mar 3 '15 at 8:36

I've just released Pommie for iPhone and iPad:

  • Simple, distraction-free and intuitive interface
  • Audio and visual alerts when the next period starts
  • Over 35 alert sounds to choose from
  • Configurable work and break durations
  • Today view widget
  • Open, pause or stop the timer directly from iOS notifications
  • Dynamic Text and VoiceOver for the visually impaired

Pommie Timer

Pommie Widget

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One of my company's development teams created a browser-based version called Marinara Timer that allows you to tweak the length of the pomodoro and breaks. We just put it up so people outside the company can use it. You can even share the link to your team so you're all on the same timer.

I'd love your feedback.

Marinara Timer

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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.


  • 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 Screenshot

Mac: Mac Screenshot

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For Windows:


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

No configuration is available, but it does the trick.


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
system "tput bel"
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I use 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 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 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
+1 for not adobe – adolf garlic Aug 24 '11 at 7:26
ach it says "could not find the main class. program will exit" on winXP :( – adolf garlic Aug 24 '11 at 8:04
Requires Java runtime – JP Hellemons Jul 11 '12 at 10:47
Am I missing how the Java Runtime is a better alternative to Adobe AIR? – guanome Sep 17 '15 at 13:47

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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+1 as it's cross-platform (Android, iOS, OSX, Windows, Chrome plugin) I use it constantly on all the above. I've been waiting for this software all my life! – Andy Feb 18 '15 at 8:07

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

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Menubar Countdown:


  • Works on OS X

  • Simple And Customizable

  • Free

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


  • Shows remaining time

  • Customizable Length

  • Nice UI



  • 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, Pomodoro or 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 ;))

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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