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Workrave Reviews

Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

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 Workrave and what they use it for.
  • Do you think people are ever going to break out of phone/social media addiction?
    If you want to use less social but don't want to leave it, set yourself a screen lock or zen timer. There's a ton of apps. OnePlus has a Zen feature built in which can cripple your phone so that you cannot use it for X amount of time. For your computer there's apps that do the same such as Workrave. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Do I actually need a 5k monitor for programming?
    I usually suggest people to install something like that will remind them to stand up and look out of the window in regular intervals, so you get to see something brighter at a different distance than your screen. Spending some time outside in your spare time also restores some of the eyes' strength, because in nature, there are all kinds of conditions to adjust to.. But the main point is:... - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Biggest issue of 49 inch monitors for long term users
    Reminding yourself to take regular breaks can help a lot(if needed by enforcing them with an app like workrave).. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Full time AutoCAD operator and I hate my mouse - HELP! I am looking for a finger operated trackball and do a lot of zooming, scrolling, and click/dragging. Never used a trackball before.
    Another thing that massively helped reducing the pain was doing frequent rests and pauses. I used Workrave on Linux and Stretchly on mac to force me taking regular breaks. Because only using a trackball was not sufficient for me to reduce the pain. Keeping a correct posture and doing frequent pauses really helped me. In a couple of weeks the pain was heavily reduced, and in a couple of months the pain completely... - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • keep track of active used time on machine (no idle time)
    I used Workrave and I remember it could give me such usage statistics. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Looking for app that automatically tracks time and sends notification when I've reached 3 hours of computer usage
    Workrave can track time, set breaks, daily limits, and lock the screen/input. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • 23 useful health websites - Do nothing for two minutes, site that drastically lowers prescription prices, consumers guide to pills
    Https:// - helps alert you to make rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit, to prevent Repetitive strain injury. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • How can I alias a timer with Gnome Clocks
    Or for something a lot more complex, there's Workrave. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • Ask HN: What is something you built but never marketed?
    I user Workrave ( for the same purpose. It's time-based rather than count-based, and takes mouse into account as well as keyboard. - Source: Hacker News / 8 months ago
  • Lower back pain? Try these simple stretches (easy and less than 5 mins)
    Also, take lots of short breaks. can help with this. I have no affiliation with this software, but have used it for years. When I go too long without using it, wrist pain ensues. When I listen to Workrave and take breaks, no pain. - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • Repetitive Strain Injury - What is it & How to avoid
    First in the list is Workrave. A portable version is available from PortableApps. Workrave monitors mouse movements and keyboard typing and provides the following features. - Source: / 10 months ago
  • Reversing Myopia: A Human-Friendly Primer
    To determine the prescription for my computer glasses, I did the math to set the focal distance to roughly the distance to my monitors. Here's the procedure I used: I measured my monitors at about 0.7 m from my eyes. My naked eyes seem to focus most comfortably at about 0.4-0.5 m. To determine that, I wrote some text on a paper pad and held the pad at different distances from my eyes. I would close my eyes so that... - Source: Hacker News / 11 months ago
  • Some healthy advice for those of you learning to code
    I tend to get into a "grove" and will code for 2/3 hrs without getting up or go from meeting to meeting. To this day I still set a timer for breaks and exercise. is still a great tool all these years later. - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Carpal Tunnel and the World of IT
    Obligatory reference. - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • How can I do pop ups on my 2nd monitor?
    Maybe this is something that will suit you, workrave. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Ask HN: How do you manage forearem/wrist pain?
    Regular breaks are important when you work long hours - Use Workrave (Free, for Windows, Linux - ) or TimeOut (Not free, for macOS - ) on your computer for this. It does take some time and patience getting used to the regular interruptions, but it really helps. My shoulder, wrist and finger pain reduced greatly once I diligently took all the breaks. (That... - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • What happens to a programmer's career as he gets older? What are your stories or advice about the programming career around 45-50? Any advice on how to plan your career until then? Any differences between US and UE on this matter?
    For me, taking regular typing microbreaks (using Workrave) helped tremendously. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • Ruby and computer science: a self-learning curriculum
    Last but not least, take care of yourself! Studying (especially while working) can easily be overdone. Exercise and get plenty of sleep. If you develop wrist pain from computer use, act swiftly: get an ergonomic mouse and keyboard, do daily RSI stretches, and start using a break app such as Workrave. - Source: / almost 2 years ago
  • Introducing iChooseTo, the productivity app which helps you avoid distraction in the first place!
    A good windows alternative is Workrave, which is a tool to take a break every so and so minutes (It's not as cool as iCT though!!!!). - Source: Reddit / about 2 years ago
  • Searching for a break management software
    Workrave! I just remembered this from years ago, I need to install it again. - Source: Reddit / about 2 years ago

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