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Python module and tool to simplify time entries export from Toggl into Project Laboratory

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Python module and tool to simplify time entries export from Toggl into PL (Project Laboratory).


The module is written in pure Python and its work verified with Python >= 3.5.

As far as there are no low-level system calls (at least now) the module should be platform independent, i.e. work on any platform where Python is available.

Python 2.7 (and older) support is not planned since Python 2.7 will not be maintained past January 1, 2020.




Precompiled binaries

For end users the preferable way to install application is to use executable files statically compiled for Linux and Windows platforms, packaged using ZIP and signed with GPG key.

Example installation steps to execute on Linux:

export TOGGL2PL_VERSION="1.0.6"

unzip toggl2pl-${TOGGL2PL_VERSION}
install -v -D toggl2pl ~/.local/bin/toggl2pl

rm -fv toggl2pl-${TOGGL2PL_VERSION} toggl2pl

Verify application work with your Linux distribution:

toggl2pl --help
Using PIP

In case you need to install the application as a Python module (for example, you want to use its API in your new awesome module or application), the simplest way is to use pip:

pip install toggl2pl


  1. Obtain the package sources and change working directory to the root of project. For example, clone the project using Git:
git clone
cd toggl2pl
  1. The Python virtualenv module is recommended to start using the package in development mode, i.e. without module installation into the system. Please, see virtualenv package installation instructions for some common used operating systems below.

Fedora 29:

sudo dnf --assumeyes install python-virtualenv python3-virtualenv

Ubuntu 18:

sudo apt --assume-yes install python-virtualenv python3-virtualenv

Once the virtualenv package is installed, just create a new Python virtual environment anywhere you want. The example below assumes virtual environment is deployed into the root of the cloned project repository:

virtualenv venv
source venv/bin/activate
pip install --requirement requirements.txt
  1. In case if no issues with Python virtual environment setup, now you should be able to try using the module. In order to check environment, just execute the next CLI commands:
cp -av scripts/toggl2pl
./ --help

In the output you will see usage instructions and some CLI arguments descriptions.

In order to interact with time trackers some additional configuration is needed, please proceed with Configuration paragraph to start using the module in command line mode.

Command line interface


By default CLI uses configuration file stored as ~/.toggl2pl/config.yml. Please execute the next commands to install config.yml.example as the default configuration file:

install -v -D docs/_static/config.yml.example ~/.toggl2pl/config.yml

Please open the newly created configuration file with your preferable text editor, read comments and update empty fields with your personal information.


Please note, that currently all CLI flags can be combined into the single command and examples below just needed to describe flags purposes.


In order to post hours for the current day AS IS just call the script without any arguments:


In the output you will see a table with list of projects, tasks and time (real and rounded) spent on each task. Also you will be prompted to export data to PL or interrupt export.


By default, the real number of minutes will be posted to PL. Use rounding or not depends on your case and team agreement, so please keep this in mind.

In order to post rounded number of minutes - just append --round flag to the script:

toggl2pl --round

The output will be the same, but after confirmation rounded number of time will be posted to PL instead of real.

Note: The most actual information about the rounding base value can be found in the CLI help output.

Custom date

In case you need to export Toggl information from the past days, please use the --date flag with exact date in YYYY-MM-DD format:

toggl2pl --date 2016-02-29

This will export Toggl time entries dated 2016-02-29 to PL with the same day and cause date change request, so please be aware.


Core functional

The core (minimal) set of features required to start from something is:

  • ability to synchronize Toggl clients and projects with PL database.
  • ability to export records from Toggl to PL with a minimal human involvement.


The list of features is not yet ready, but the next helpers already implemented:

  • all posts use about the same format (for sure, it is impossible to predict all possible cases, but at least common things can and already partially done).
  • posts time can be optionally rounded by using internally discussed rules.


There is a high-level implementation plan which may change with time depending on external factors and ideas:

  • create a minimal set of logic to implement the core functional.
  • create command line interface to use already implemented logic.
  • tune output format and information to make it useful and easy to understand.
  • compile Python code to statically linked executable file to avoid dependency on Python itself and its modules.
  • automate build of Linux executable file to start distributing the tool in acceptable way.
  • automate build of Windows executable file to provide an ability to use the tool on this platform.
  • document existing code, CLI flags and configuration options with Sphinx.
  • freeze existing functional and tweak code to resolve regressions and improve quality.
  • use Flask and move logic to centralized server to communicate with it by using HTTP API with a minimal set of required options. But, at the same time keep ability to use the module in server-less mode and directly communicate with Toggl and PL API.
  • use Elasticsearch with Kibana to store and visualize data passed through server to provide flexible reports and analytic mechanisms (for each user and for teams).
  • unit tests and coverage reports for existing minimal set of features.


Supported APIs

The module is designed to work with time trackers over HTTP API, so in case of any questions, please refer to their official documentation in the first place:

Note: work on Clockify API support is planned, but not started yet.

Build application

Please, make sure you completed with steps described in the Development section before continue with application build, since development environment is required option on this stage.

In order to make the application easy distributable and simple to install, the project code needs to be compiled into the single executable file with all its dependencies.

While there is a number of tools which may create such kind of distributions, this project uses PyInstaller which does exactly what is needed almost out of the box:

pyinstaller --onefile scripts/toggl2pl

The command above will collect all package dependencies and files into the single executable file which can be distributed to end users without additional actions on their side (system / Python packages installation).

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