Why I Built WakaTime

Every week, residents of the Hacker House gather around a backyard fire while chatting about startups. It was a mind meld of professional programmers, designers, and entrepreneurs.

Two residents, Kirubakaran and Robert, were experienced consultants and accustomed to tracking their hours. I was a salary-man new to contract programming. Sometimes, I would forget to start my timer or log time to the wrong project. The possibility for human error left a feeling of uncertainty lingering, not to mention it was a pain in the butt to start & stop a timer all the time.

"Why can't this be automatic?" I asked my fellow hackers as we sat around the fire that night. A plugin for my text-editor would know exactly how long I was programming and a web interface would make it easy to graph and visualize the logged time. I could still manually track my time, but I would always have a source of truth in case I forgot to start or stop the timer.

The Swahili word wakati means time. That same night I registered the domain wakati.me and started building the automatic time tracker WakaTime.


About WakaTime

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WakaTime measures coding time for programmers using open-source plugins for your text editor. You automatically get insights about your programming. Try it out, it's free!


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