Toggl makes a particular effort to bring its time-tracking platform to a variety of operating systems. This includes a Linux desktop client. As of this writing, the page refers to Ubuntu 16.04, and recommends additional dependencies.

Testing version 7.4.122 of the [linked 64-bit Debian package]{}, I confirmed that installation does not appear to go anywhere on 18.04, with the installation process exiting immediately after download.

Manual dependencies

Following Toggl’s advice, manually libgstreamer installation continues to work:

sudo dpkg -i libgstreamer*.deb

After that, Ubuntu software installed the package without issue:

Toggl package in Ubuntu Software

Desktop features: all working!

The Toggl desktop can then be found in search and added to favorites. On launch, a small window invites the user to sign in:

Toggl client sign-in screen

There is clearly a built-in browser, with Google Sign-In running smoothly. Past sign-in, the interface matches the screenshots. 10 minutes later, the ‘‘Reminder to track time’’ feature also revealed itself, as a popup-inside-a-window:

Toggl tracking reminder

The Pomodoro timer also integrates reasonably. Messages are created as separate windows:

Toggl Pomodoro break popup

Break status is shown by changing the active project (which does get added to the project history).

Toggl during Pomodoro break

Overall, much easier to access and remember. As a final feature not listed on the site, the desktop app adds the gray/red Toggl indicator as a persistent icon to the right side of the topbar, providing the same options as the window dropdown. Timers thus continue to run if the main window is closed, and starting/stopping/continuing a timer from the icon reopens the window.

Persistent Toggl icon