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Get Stuff Down With Pomodoro Indicator Timer for Ubuntu

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Indicator-Pomodoro is a small tray-based timer tool designed specifically for use with (popular) Pomodoro technique.

The small app uses the indicator applet framework to provide a panel-based timer.

Menu items for starting, pausing and stopping the count are available via a drop down menu, as is a timer showing the time elapsed since the ‘Start’ button was pressed.

When your 25 minutes have passed a notification bubble will appear informing you to ‘take a break’ as the technique teaches.

Likewise the Pomodoro tray icon will change from a grey tomato to a red envelope until you action the break.


Currently the indicator has as to be built from source; there is no PPA or pre-compiled .deb installer available.

Instead download the latest release from the Launchpad homepage @ and extract the archive somewhere easily accessible.

Now open a terminal and use the ‘cd’ command to enter the extracted folder. Finally run the following command to install the indicator system wide.

sudo python install

The applet lacks a dedicated app launcher so to use the Pomodoro indicator you have to open it manually.

To do this press Alt+F2 and enter ‘pomodoro-indicator‘, followed by a quick tap of the return key.

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