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Protect your eyes from eye strain using this continuous breaks reminder.

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# Safe Eyes

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Protect your eyes from eye strain using this simple and beautiful, yet extensible break reminder. A Free and Open Source Linux alternative to EyeLeo.

Visit the official site: for more details.

## Safe Eyes command-line arguements

usage: safeeyes [-h] [-a | -d | -e | -q | -s | -t] [--debug] [--version]

Safe Eyes protects your eyes from eye strain (asthenopia) by reminding you to
take breaks while you're working long hours at the computer.

optional arguments:
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-a, --about show the about dialog
-d, --disable disable the currently running safeeyes instance
-e, --enable enable the currently running safeeyes instance
-q, --quit quit the running safeeyes instance and exit
-s, --settings show the settings dialog
-t, --take-break take a break now
--debug start safeeyes in debug mode
--status print the status of running safeeyes instance and exit
--version show program's version number and exit

## Installation guide

Safe Eyes is available in Ubuntu PPA, Arch AUR, Gentoo and Python PyPI. You can choose any installation source and install on any Linux system with Python 3.

### Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other Ubuntu Derivatives

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:slgobinath/safeeyes
sudo apt update
sudo apt install safeeyes

### Arch

yaourt -S safeeyes

### Gentoo

sudo emerge -av x11-misc/safeeyes

### Debian

sudo apt-get install gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1 gir1.2-notify-0.7 python3-psutil python3-xlib xprintidle python3-pip
sudo pip3 install safeeyes
sudo update-icon-caches /usr/share/icons/hicolor

People using unstable/testing Debian can install Safe Eyes from the official repository using the following command:

sudo apt-get install safeeyes

### Fedora

sudo dnf install libappindicator-gtk3 python3-psutil
sudo pip3 install safeeyes
sudo gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/hicolor

### Other Linux & Run from source

Ensure to meet the following dependencies:

- gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1
- gir1.2-notify-0.7
- libappindicator-gtk3
- python3-psutil
- xprintidle (optional)

**To install Safe Eyes:**

sudo pip3 install safeeyes

After installation, restart your system to update the icons,

**To run from source:**

git clone
cd SafeEyes
python3 -m safeeyes

Safe Eyes installers install the required icons to `/usr/share/icons/hicolor`. When you run Safe Eyes from source without, some icons may not appear.

## Features

- Remind you to take breaks with exercises to reduce RSI
- Disable keyboard during breaks
- Notification before and after breaks
- Smart pause if system is idle
- Multi-screen support
- Customizable user interface
- RPC API to control externally
- Command-line arguments to control the running instance
- Customizable using plug-ins

## Third-party Plugins

Thirdparty plugins are available at another GitHub repository: [safeeyes-plugins]( More details about how to write your own plugin and how to install third-party plugin are available there.

## License

GNU General Public License v3

## IDE Support

<p align="center">Thanks to JetBrains for offering IDE support to develop this Open Source project.</p>

<p align="center"><a href=""><img src="" width="64" align="center"></a></p>

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