Projects / Workrave


Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of repetitive strain injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses and rest breaks, and restricts you to your daily limit. It currently runs on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows (using GTK/Win32).

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  31 Aug 2010 19:14

    Release Notes: The activity insensitive breaks have been replaced by a 'reading mode'. Audio can now be automatically muted during breaks. The Workrave applet is functional again on Windows 7. There are minor translation updates and bugfixes.

    •  10 Aug 2008 23:03

      Release Notes: A fix for transparency of the tray icon on Linux. New activity monitoring for Windows. Improved 64-bit and Vista support. Exercises are randomized. The language can be selected in the preferences (Windows). The option 'Start Workrave when Windows starts' has been added. Extended DBUS support on Unix. An initial OS X port. Networking support can now be enabled without accepting incoming connections from other Workraves. A sound has been added that indicates the next step in the exercise. The volume and all sounds can be configured. A new sound theme has been added.

      •  30 Sep 2007 06:21

        Release Notes: The task manager is never blocked by Workrave anymore. A workaround was made for focus loss on Vista. A Slovenian translation was added. Breaks that have "suspend timer when inactive" disabled were fixed. Windows responsiveness under high load was improved. The mode menu was fixed. The GNOME applet no longer hangs. The GNOME applet no longer crashes Workrave. Crashes during startup on Windows were fixed. The "end-of-microbreak" sound was fixed. A bug in multi-head support where Workrave showed multiple windows on a single screen was fixed. Locking on GNOME with xscreensaver installed was fixed.

        •  05 Mar 2007 01:09

          Release Notes: This version contains many new translations: Italian, Chinese, Slovak, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Bulgarian, and Hungarian. More polish on the applets was done (e.g. vertical applet support), and there are some bugfixes.

          •  13 May 2006 17:04

            Release Notes: New Swedish and Catalan translations, and updates to the Czech translation. This release no longer consumes 100% CPU if a break is started while the screen is locked. A bug that could cause breaks to stop running when 'Suspend timer while inactive' was disabled. Support has been added for storing configuration in an .ini file, and for configuring the data storage directory (this can be used to run Workrave from a memory stick). GNOME screen saver support has been added. The applet popup menu is now accessible when all timers are hidden.

            Recent comments

            16 Apr 2009 00:26 jkl6

            Workrave is an excellent project/software. I think it is a must-have for any one that uses the computer heavily. Whether you want to prevent or recover from RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), taking breaks is one of the key factors. To see how Workrave stand against WorkPace, a commercial break-reminder software, check out this comparison

            05 Jul 2005 12:59 stefanlasiewski

            Link to version 1.8.0 for Windows
            Here's a quick link for people who use Windows:


            Freshmeat doesn't make this information available above.

            13 May 2004 14:40 stefanlasiewski

            Windows branch also
            Hmmm, there doesn't seem to be a good way to list the windows URL.

            Here is a Windows link:



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