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ActivityWatch Reviews

Log what you do on your computer. Simple (yet powerful), extensible, no third parties.

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about ActivityWatch and what they use it for.
  • Hi! I'm RavensDagger, Author of a heap of wholesome stories! I'm doing a 24 hour AMA!
    There is software that can log it for you. is free and open source. - Source: Reddit / 1 day ago
  • Is there a way to track the amount of time you spend in a project?
    I use ActivityWatch, which tracks your time in apps or projects by looking at the window titles. - Source: Reddit / 3 days ago
  • Linux software list. Discussion and advice welcome!
    Activitywatch - tracks app usage and productivity with graphical data log. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Deleted my account after 1.5 years
    Can't help you with iOS, as its all Apple's decision/fault due to privacy concerns with the needed APIs, but I'm building a free and open source alternative (that's kinda popular) if that's your thing: - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • I added visualizations of spent time to my lightweight time tracker app
    I'm building ActivityWatch, which is also privacy/local-first, but focuses on automatic tracking over manual (and SQLite instead of plaintext files). We too have implemented a hierarchical category system :). - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Program and Website Blocker
    You also may want to look at Activity Watch - - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Are there any good alternatives to WhatPulse?
    ActivityWatch. Found it using because I hadn't heard of WhatPulse before. Great site for finding alternatives, since it has a bunch of filter options for OS and license types. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • [List] Let's talk about the software you can't live without. Here is my list
    ActivityWatch - a program to track your activity, just like on phones (Free • Open Source). - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • time/screen usage tracking
    ActivityWatch. It's FOSS, cross platform and has a dashboard. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • What do you use to track your time?
    ActivityWatch is the best time tracker I have ever tried. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • What do you use to track your time?
    I track the time I spend on my computer with - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • Granular app tracking on iOS/iPadOS?
    I'm building ActivityWatch, and we're supporting basically every OS, except iOS. I've even been in contact with well-funded researchers, who are very frustratingly facing the same issue. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • Any good alternatives to digital wellbeing app?
    UsageDirect, you can find on F-droid. Activity watch, you can find on play store. In both you cannot choose how much time is spent in each app. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • Automatic time tracking tools
    There is Activitywatch which is fully automatic, and open source. - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Searchable computer activity recording / 'second memory' / 'smartpen for your screen'
    The nearest thing I have found is ActivityWatch, but that's more for time tracking as it doesn't capture screenshots or audio (system or mic). - Source: Reddit / 12 months ago
  • Self hosted toggl
    May not be what you're looking for, but I use ActivityWatch myself. - Source: Reddit / 12 months ago
  • Ask HN: Full-text browser history search forever?
    If it’s just the metadata that you want, you can use activity watcher [1]. They have a browser plug-in. [1] - Source: Hacker News / about 1 year ago
  • Does PureOS have something similar to Screen Time and Focus on iOS?
    Check out ActivityWatch. You have to install it manually from a zip file. I haven't tried it, but others say it works well in Linux. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Non-invasive screen time app (android, mac, windows) that exports data?
    I am trying to find apps for my android phone, macbook, and windows desktop that record screen time and let me export the data so I can analyze it myself. MacBook and Android have screen time apps built in but you can not export the data. (Side-note: why wouldn't they want me to analyze my own data?) Third party apps I have found are all pretty invasive. So far the best I can find, for MacBook, is ActivityWatch... - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Here is a wiki for QS. Especially useful for beginners wanting to choose apps.
    I'm super happy to see ActivityWatch listed under time tracking! (I'm the founder/maintainer). - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • NYT Reporter - Does anyone have experience with employee productivity monitoring technology?
    I manage a staff of people and I have proposed my people recently to use a tool like ActivityWatch, they are not against it, read on. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of ActivityWatch

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ActivityWatch tracks how you spend time on your devices. It can help you keep track of time spent on different projects, kick bad screen habits, or just understand how you spend your time.

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