Official Toggl Desktop released!

We’re glad to announce the first release of Toggl Desktop, our little timetracking device for your desktop. It is available for download at Toggl main page.

Toggl Desktop login screen

We have taken our one year experience with Toggl and your very helpful feedback and came up with quite radical changes:

  • No need to mark your tasks completed anymore
    Closing tasks is not necessary anymore, Toggl Desktop takes care of it when a new day begins.
  • Easier handling of recurring tasks
    Toggl Desktop remembers the tasks you worked on during the last seven days and shows you these names as quick links to start tracking time on the task. The task will automatically track time with the current date.
  • Better overview of time spent on a task
    You can see time spent on a task or project during this week by simply hovering your mouse over its name.

Toggl Desktop at work:

Toggl Desktop at work

Even though Toggl Desktop is still in beta, it is fully functional for tracking time without logging on to the web page.

Current version is usable in Windows only and needs .NET framework 2.0 to be installed. Get your Toggl Desktop now!

Enjoy the new Toggling experience and tell us what you think of it!


35 Responses to Official Toggl Desktop released!

  1. Brendon says:

    Those are some awesome changes! How about integrating them into the web version? I use toggl on both Windows and Linux, I would use it on Linux more if those changes were on the web.

    Thanks for the improvements

  2. Barbara says:

    OS X pls thx

  3. Kristel says:


    We’re planning to do exactly that, Brendon, if these changes get an overall good feedback. We won’t change the way Toggl works on the web just now, but it’s highly likely in a couple of months it’ll works similar to Toggl Desktop.

    An OS X version of Toggl Desktop is on our list of things to do, Barbara, but I wouldn’t put a deadline on it just yet :)


  4. Hey guys, thanks so much for this application! I was actually going to do the exact same thing for my project in one of my .NET GUI classes using the toggl api. Guess you beat me to it!

    I was thinking though, that since you used .NET this program should be very easy to port to Linux/Unix (Including BSD & Mac). I’ve been reading up on the Mono Project (.NET port for linux) and if perhaps you guys can release the source for the desktop app, maybe the community can help work on making some linux/mac versions!


  5. Jetze says:

    Loving it, using it ;-)

    A small bug : it prevents my XP to shut down, i need to manually exit it from the system tray before i can shut down my XP.

    Feature : it starts counting time pretty quickly: i often find myself stopping the timer because i click on a task. Maybe this could be helped by doing it like this: when a task timer is activated: start counting, but with an button option to cancel it as well, resetting the time back to zero.

  6. Kristel says:

    Hi Jetze,

    This bug is being fixed as I write here, we hope to get the new version out to you within the next few days :)

    The button option is an interesting idea, we’ll think about adding it. Until then you can delete the task from the edit view (it is a bit slower, I know) :)


  7. Anthony says:

    Any chance of this running on a Flash drive? I’d love to be able to run the ‘desktop’ app when ever I go into a clients office to do some work.

  8. mzeecedric says:

    I can’t start Toggl Desktop since some days. Had been working fine, but now I just get the windows message “Toggl Desktop has a problem and was closed” (I get that in german, sorry, I don’t know the exact english phrase, but it’s the common thing). There is no other information, no error code or so. I have installed your recent software 0.8.5 and also uninstalled and reinstalled without change.

  9. Jef says:

    Any chance you can get it to work with proxy servers? I really dig this tool but I can’t use it at 75% of my customers :(

  10. Kristel says:


    Anthony, this is an interesting idea. We’ll look into it and keep you posted if it’s possible.

    Mzeecedric, does this error still persist? Did you install or uninstall something, after which this problem started occurring?

    Jef, making Toggl Desktop compatible with proxy servers is on our list of things to do :) I wouldn’t set a date to it just yet, but we’ll certainly let you all know once it’s done.


  11. Cedric Weber says:

    Hi Kristel,
    I still get that error. I’m sorry, I can’t really remember whether and what software I installed after. I’ve made a repair-install of .NET 2.0 but this didn’t help eihter.
    Any hints? that I could try?

  12. Cedric Weber says:

    It would be helpful to publish the version number with the Toggl-Desktop download to find out whether you’ve updated.

  13. Margie Wylie says:

    How ’bout letting us re-order the projects in the desktop window?

    Right now, projects appears alphabetically, but many of our “projects” are named very similarly, meaning I must scroll through a long list to reach the two on which I work most often. As a result, I often click the wrong project. and must delete the newly created task before finding the correct project. Wastes time! :(

    I’d like to be able to move my most often accessed projects to the top. Better yet, I’d like the option of having Toggl do it FOR ME!

  14. Are you planning on releasing the source for us *nix people to build from?

  15. Magnus says:

    I started to use your PC app yesterday and was very happy with it and it did in fact work in my office where we have a proxy and proxy array. This morning I had to change my login pssw for my lap top and then the proxy array asks me to enter the same when I access the internet for the first time. I’m not sure if this is causing the problem but now the Toggle desk top can’t connect to your server. I have no issues at all getting to your web site and start my timer there but the PC refuse to work. If I choose any other proxy I get an authentication error.

    Do you know about this and is there a fix?

  16. Kristel says:

    Hi guys,

    Sorry for the long delay in getting back to you.

    Cedric, on startup Toggl Desktop automatically checks from the server whether a new version is available. But we’ll take adding a version number under consideration :)

    Margie, we have the reordering of projects on our list of things to do :) In the meanwhile perhaps the search function will help a bit in avoiding starting tasks under wrong projects.

    Tyler, we will have to make some modifications to the code before releasing it, but we’ll certainly give a shout when it’s out in the open.

    Magnus, we’re aware that such a problem exists and are looking for means to fix it. We’ll keep you all posted on our progress :)


  17. Nathan says:

    I heard about the desktop app and decided to try toggl out again – great job! The desktop bit was the missing piece, for me.

    That being said, the desktop app no longer works. After faithfully tracking 3 days last week, now it just crashes on startup with the standard ‘tell microsoft about this problem’ screen. I have tried reinstalling, no help. Any advice?

  18. Matt says:

    I am having the same problem as Nathan! It was working beautifully for two days, then it throws an error every time I try to run it. So I uninstalled and reinstalled – same thing happens.

    Last night, I did a hard shut down of my machine (i.e. I accidentally unplugged it), so that might have something to do with it….??

  19. Nathan says:

    There was also a hard shutdown of my machine (a process that would not die nor let windows shutdown gracefully)… perhaps something is corrupted that’s not getting removed by the uninstall? I searched the usual places, but I could have missed something.

  20. Matt says:

    nathan – it sounds like you and i are experiencing the exact same thing…

  21. Fritz says:

    I can’t login through the toggle desktop, with the website there are no problems.
    We don’t use proxies, .NET framework is installed.

    Do you have any suggestions?

  22. Mark says:


    Looks like a killer app – But I am a mac snob and refuse to use toggle until the destop version is available for OS X. Please….Please…Please.

  23. Sean says:


    Really love the Toggl Desktop edition. However, I can’t seem to find a way to “close” a task from the Desktop edition. Am I missing something?

    Thanks much, S

  24. Jason says:

    Are any new releases to toggl desktop planned?

  25. MediaMike says:

    I am having the same problem as Matt & Nathan, although I don’t recall a crash but it is possible. It was working for 2-3 weeks and just yesterday it crapped out; nothing but micrsoft report errors. Anything???

  26. Steve says:

    I can’t d/load the Toggl Desktop. I get this:

    The encoded file /var/www/live/releases/20080701140850/public/index.php requires a license file.
    The license file /var/www/live/releases/20080701140850/public/exact_cms.lic is not valid for this server

  27. Alari says:

    Hi Steve, it should work now.

  28. Sue says:

    I continue to get the same error messages as Steve.

  29. Anthony Main says:

    I’ve been using the software for a few months now and have found some major issues:

    1) For some reason my consistently says “offline mode” despite being online all the time.

    2) When in “offline mode” after I closed the application and restarted all the times logged for the past 3 weeks have been completely lost including the new tasks I had created for them

    Please keep up the good work as I want to implement this software in various organisations I work for but its too unstable to do so at the moment. Exposing an API for development would also be great

  30. Alari says:

    Dear Anthony, it seems that you have some kind of proxy. Toggl Desktop requires direct http connection to operate correctly.

    Alternatively you can use Toggl Timer ( ), which has the same functionality, but is entirely browser based.

    API is available – check for more information.



  31. Ali says:

    I’ve asked this before, how can I close tasks that are completed in Toggl Desktop?

  32. Alari says:

    Hi Ali, you don’t need to close the tasks. Tasks will automatically disappear from the Toggl Desktop task list after 7 days. We’ll add a feature that you can remove them from the list also manually.

  33. Libby says:

    Hi – I’m not sure where else to leave this, but I was running toggl all day, even sent a love note to you all for creating it. Then….crash. It doesn’t recognize me, the web version doesn’t know me, desktop won’t log in – nada. Very upsetting, to say the least. Lots of hours logged. Quite disheartening, as I thought I’d found the cure to my time-tracking. Any thoughts on what may have happened? Maybe something on the back end? I would appreciate any help you can lend. Thanks a million.

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