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The break time reminder app

Stretchly is a cross-platform open source app that reminds you to take breaks when working on your computer.

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The latest official installers and portable versions for macOS, Windows, Linux and FreeBSD can be found at Github Releases page.

Following sections link some individual files for a simplicity.


Download the DMG file.

You can also install Stretchly with Homebrew by running brew update && brew install --cask stretchly. When upgrading, run brew update && brew upgrade --cask. Don't forget to Quit Stretchly, first.

Stretchly is not signed (due to its costs) so you will need to use this workaround for the first run: Open a Mac app from an unidentified developer.

If you're using Alfred on macOS you can use this Alfred Workflow to interact with Stretchly.


Download the installer.

You can also install Stretchly with Chocolatey by running the following command from the command line or from PowerShell: choco install stretchly. Upgrade with choco upgrade stretchly.

Stretchly is also available in Microsoft's winget.

You can install Stretchly for all users silently by running this as administrator: installer.exe /S /allusers.


For portable versions and for Linux/BSD installers, head to Github Releases page. The most widely used distributions should be covered.

Linux note

Please see https://electron.atom.io/docs/api/tray/ for Electron's Tray Linux specifics. Having libappindicator1 installed should be enough for Stretchly.

For Natural breaks, you might need some packages too (libxss-dev).

If Stretchly is not starting, you might need to run sudo sysctl kernel.unprivileged_userns_clone=1. Read more here. Depending on your distro, you probably want to do something similar to this, so the settings are kept after reboot: Add kernel.unprivileged_userns_clone=1 to /etc/sysctl.d/00-local-userns.conf and reboot.

Running from source

To run Stretchly from source you will need Node.js, ideally the one specified in package.json. Clone the repo, run npm install and then simply run npm start to start Stretchly.

Custom installer

You can create a custom installer by running npm run pack or npm run dist after npm install --no-save.