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🍅 pomo


pomo is a simple CLI for using the Pomodoro Technique. There are some amazing task management systems but pomo is more of a task execution or timeboxing system. pomo helps you track what you did, how long it took you to do it, and how much effort you expect it to take.


The Pomodoro Technique is simple and effective:

  • Decide on a task you want to accomplish
  • Break the task into timed intervals (pomodoros), [approx. 25 min]
  • After each pomodoro take a short break [approx. 3 - 5 min]
  • Once all pomodoros are completed take a longer break [approx 15 - 20 min]
  • Repeat



git clone
cd pomo
# copy pomo somewhere on your $PATH
cp bin/pomo ~/bin/

Package Managers

On Arch Pomo is available on the aur.

On macOS, pomo can be installed via MacPorts.


Once pomo is installed you need to initialize it’s database.

pomo init

Start a 4 pomodoro session at 25 minute intervals:

pomo start -t my-project "write some codes"


Pomo has a few configuration options which can be read from a JSON file in Pomo’s config directory ~/.config/pomo/config.json.


You can map colors to specific tags in the colors field.


"colors": {
"my-project": "hiyellow",
"another-project": "green"

Execute command on state change

Pomo will execute an arbitrary command specified in the array argument onEvent when the state changes. The first element of this array should be the executable to run while the remaining elements are space delimited arguments. The new state will be exported as an environment variable POMO_STATE for this command. Possible state values are RUNNING, PAUSED, BREAKING, or COMPLETE.

For example, to trigger a terminal bell when a session completes, add the following to config.json:

"onEvent": ["/bin/sh", "/path/to/script/"],

where the contents of are

if [ "$POMO_STATE" == "COMPLETE" ] ; then
echo -e '\a'

See the contrib directory for user contributed scripts for use with onEvent.


By default pomo will setup a Unix socket and serve it’s status there.

echo | socat stdio UNIX-CONNECT:$HOME/.pomo/pomo.sock | jq .
"state": 1,
"remaining": 1492000000000,
"count": 0,
"n_pomodoros": 4

Alternately by setting the publish flag to true it will publish it’s status to an existing socket.

Status Bars

The Pomo CLI can output the current state of a running task session via the pomo status making it easy to script and embed it’s output in various Linux status bars.


You can create a module with the custom/script type and embed Pomo’s status output in your Polybar:

type = custom/script
interval = 1
exec = pomo status


Configured this bar by setting publish to true.

widget = {
plugin = "unixsock",
opts = {
path = "pomo.sock",
timeout = 2,
cb = function(t)
local full_text
local foreground = ""
local background = ""
if t.what == "line" then
if string.match(t.line, "R") then
-- green
foreground = "#ffffff"
background = "#307335"
if string.match(t.line, "B") or string.match(t.line, "P") or string.match(t.line, "C") then
-- red
foreground = "#ffffff"
background = "ff8080"
return { full_text = t.line, background = background, foreground = foreground }
elseif t.what == "timeout" then
return { full_text = "-" }
elseif t.what == "hello" then
return { full_text = "-" }


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