StaffCounter for Linux

Compatibility: Ubuntu 12-18

What is it?

StaffCounter Agent is a tool for monitoring a user’s actions at a computer, designed especially for the StaffCounter time-tracking service. It helps overseeing employees and how they work at the computer.
Managers can view an analysis of this data at the StaffCounter website at any time.
The program requires a constant internet connection. Thanks to our analytics service, even the busiest managers can check on what their employees are up to at their computers in just a couple of minutes.
The agent logs all user activity on the computer and requires only a couple of minutes to set up. It runs in the background and doesn’t put a heavy load on the system.

StaffCounter Agent offers the following key features:

  • it tracks internet activity, titles of active web pages;
  • it takes screenshots at defined time intervals;
  • it logs all applications opened and used, including how long they are actively used;
  • it can be temporarily disabled, so that workers can use the computer for their own personal needs.

Installing the program on computers

Download and unzip the archive into a new folder. In Terminal application execute the following command from this folder:

sudo ./install.sh

To launch StaffCounter agent execute a command:

nohup staffcounter &

Now configure StaffCounter:

    • Enter your account at the StaffCounter service. Insert the name on this computer or employee name. Click Register.

If you need to monitor not only current user, but all users on this computer check on the option Auto register all users on this PC.

How to change interface language

By default the language of the interface is Russian. But it is possible to change it to system languare. Staffcounter applicaiton supports 4 languages: English, Russian, German and Italian. If the system language of your Linux is other one, the intraface will be in English. You can change the interface language before the installing of Staffcounter monitoriung agent.

After the downloading of installation package, unzip it into a new folder. Open “files” folder and edit  staffcounter.conf file. Erase [language] section with the following text. Save the file.

Install Staffcounter agent from this package. The language of the applicaiton will be English if the system language is English.

Can a worker turn StaffCounter off for some time?

An employee can click on the StaffCounter Agent icon in the system tray and pause monitoring for 30 minutes or for the rest of the working day. This time will not be counted as working time.

Uninstalling StaffCounter from a computer

To uninstall the program, open the installation folder and type in Terminal the following command:

sudo ./uninstall.sh