Skip to main content

Simple time tracking for simple people

Project description

Test state on master Current PyPI release Number of downloads from PyPI

rdial is a simple way to track the time you spend on tasks. It tracks the name of a task, its start time and its duration… nothing more.

rdial is released under the GPL v3 license.


rdial’s dependencies outside of the standard library are:

It should work with any version of Python 2.6 or newer. If rdial doesn’t work with the version of Python you have installed, file an issue and I’ll endeavour to fix it.

The module has been tested on many UNIX-like systems, including Linux and OS X, but it should work fine on other systems too.

To run the tests you’ll need nose2. Once you have nose2 installed you can run the tests with the following commands:

$ nose2 -v tests


The database is just a directory of simple text files, making it very easy to use and abuse in other applications. A sample database could be a file named task.csv with the following contents:

2011-05-04T08:00:00Z,PT01H00M00S,working on issue 4

and a task2.csv file with the following contents:


The format is a CSV file containing the following fields:

  1. Start time expressed in UTC
  2. Task duration
  3. Message associated with the event

The start time and duration fields are given as ISO-8601 formatted strings.

If a line does not contain a duration entry then the task is considered to be currently running.


$ rdial start <task_name>
$ rdial stop
$ rdial report
| task  | time           |
| task  |        1:00:00 |
| task2 | 1 day, 0:15:00 |


I’d like to thank the following people who have contributed to rdial.


  • Nathan McGregor

Bug reports

  • James Gaffney
  • Ryan Sutton


  • Adam Baxter
  • Kevin Simmons

If I’ve forgotten to include your name I wholeheartedly apologise. Just drop me a mail and I’ll update the list!


If you find any problems, bugs or just have a question about this package either file an issue or drop me a mail.

If you’ve found a bug please attempt to include a minimal testcase so I can reproduce the problem, or even better a patch!

Release history Release notifications

History Node


History Node


History Node


History Node


This version
History Node


History Node


History Node


History Node


History Node


History Node


History Node


History Node


History Node


Download files

Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.

Filename, size & hash SHA256 hash help File type Python version Upload date
rdial-0.14.1-py2.py3-none-any.whl (23.8 kB) Copy SHA256 hash SHA256 Wheel 2.7 Jun 14, 2014
rdial-0.14.1.tar.bz2 (53.4 kB) Copy SHA256 hash SHA256 Source None Jun 14, 2014
rdial-0.14.1.tar.gz (59.2 kB) Copy SHA256 hash SHA256 Source None Jun 14, 2014

Supported by

Elastic Elastic Search Pingdom Pingdom Monitoring Google Google BigQuery Sentry Sentry Error logging CloudAMQP CloudAMQP RabbitMQ AWS AWS Cloud computing Fastly Fastly CDN DigiCert DigiCert EV certificate StatusPage StatusPage Status page