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wlog (worklog) is a small utility to track tasks in command line. I use this for things I work on and need to submit a list of stuff done on a particular day.

On the long term, I wish to provide some kind of ability to interface with redmine, and synchronize tasks. This way we'd be able to have a git-like utitlity for issue tracking - that is log your work on your computer, and push it to the server whenever you're done (or want to update others on your progress).

Source Location

You can find the sources on github:



Install it with:

$ gem install wlog

Run with:

$ wlog


On command line write


When you specify nothing, the default database is used. If you want to store tasks in different databases (lets say you have project1, project2), then execute the following line:

wlog project2

The databases are located here:


The next section will talk about this a little more.

When you're in the command line interface, you can always run


in order to list the possible commands you can use.

More Commands

You can list the available databases by running the following command:

wlog --list

If for some reason you need to check out where the application stores the databases, you can do the following:

wlog --where

That will print the absolute path to that directory.

Main Interface


Enter the command new to create a new issue:

[wlog] new

Follow the on screen queries in order to create the issue. Enter the command show or ls to list the issues:

[wlog] ls
started work 2
  [6] Fix colors for wlog and make it pretty
  [4] Weird bug crash when pressing ctrl+d
new 1
  [3] Need to check out templating system

Now we want to focus on a particular issue. We type in focus:

[wlog] focus 1
[issue #1] 

And now we can show all the logged work with ls or show:

[issue #1] ls
2013-10-13 - Sunday [2]
  [4] I did some work on this issue [15:34:08] 
  [5] Some trivial work there too [15:35:32] 
[issue #1] 

And commands you execute apply to the scope of only that issue. You can type in help for more info.

While in the scope of an issue, you can display its full description by invoking the command desc.

[issue #4] desc

Issue #4
  Reported : Sat Jul 12 00:46:27 2014
  Due      : Fri Oct 24 05:00:00 2014
  Entries  : 0
  Status   : started work
  Time     : 3w 4d 1h 

  This is some impressive work right here

  But this is an ever longer desc 



You can also attach files to issues while being within issue scope:

[issue #1] attach
Attach to which issue? : 1
Absolute file location : /tmp/derp.txt
Alias name for file (optional) :
Attached file.

There's two commands you can use to list attachments within issue scope: attachls, desc. desc will print all the issue information, and show the attachments in the end.

You can output attachments to a location:

[issue #1] attachls 
[1] - become-a-killer-cook.pdf
[2] - very-boring-doc.pdf 
[issue #1] attachout
Which attachment to output? : 1
Output where (abs dir) ? : /tmp/

Warn: This is a somewhat nice feature, though it might be axed in the future if storing files is too problematic.

Logging Time

It's possible to log time within issue scope with the following commands:

[issue #1] lt 10m

To log 10 minutes

[issue #1] lt 1h20m

To log 1 hour 20 minutes

[issue #1] lt 1d 1s

To log one day, one second. (A day is 8 hours). The total time is stored on the issue.

Inside issues

You can run these commands in this 'sub-shell' of the issues: are search, replace, delete, and concat.

    searches the database for a pattern that you specify.

    searches and replaces a pattern that you specify.

    removes an entry from the database.

    appends a string to the specified log entry.

Escape Scope

To exit the scope of an issue, you can use the forget command:

[issue #1] forget

Generating Invoices

You can generate invoices. You need to create an invoice first. To do that, enter the command invoices in the wlog shell:

[wlog] invoices

You can create a new invoice with the new command. Enter the two dates which correspond the date range you want to bill. For example, let's enter the whole month of September:

[invoice] new
From (dd-mm-yyyy) 01-09-2014
To   (dd-mm-yyyy) 30-09-2014
I did many things this month
It is very very true
And I can write all of this in multiline

And I can break into another paragraph.

And another.

But you need to press enter a few more times until you
break you of the input for the invoice.

[invoices] new
From (dd-mm-yyyy) 01-09-2014
To   (dd-mm-yyyy) 30-09-2014
> I start writing this it is a 
> very nice paragraph. I can break
> lines and do whatever. And continue
> writing and do whatever.
> Two lines can separate a paragraph
> And if you notice you can have many
> paragraphs in the invoice.
> And another. But if we hit return 3
> times, then it will stop recording
> our lines.

So now you should have your first invoice:

[invoice] show
  [1] 01-10-2014 -> 30-10-2014 This is some text I'm currently writing and I'm no...

[invoice] ls
  [1] 01-10-2014 -> 30-10-2014 This is some text I'm currently writing and I'm no...

And now you can generate your invoice with the following command:

[invoice] generate 1

This will write the output in ~/Documents/wlog/. Will create dirs if not exist. The outputs are generated from templates which exist in $HOME/.config/wlog/templates. You can write your own.


To generate invoices templates are used. Templates are erb templates. They are stored in ~/.config/wlog/templates/. You can write your own as well. If you write your own, you need to tell wlog to use them. Do so with the following commands:

[templates] show
   [  1] /home/psyomn/.config/wlog/templates/default.erb
 * [  2] /home/psyomn/.config/wlog/templates/mine.erb.html
[templates] set 1
[templates] show
 * [  1] /home/psyomn/.config/wlog/templates/default.erb
   [  2] /home/psyomn/.config/wlog/templates/mine.erb.html

Also, worth to note that you should verify any template you get off the internet to use as your own.

Templates are set per database. So if you want to use different templates (1 at a time) per database, it's possible. You can take a look at an example template that exploits all the currently available template variables here.

Git Integration

There's some very loose (and probably crappy) integration with git repos. What you do is point wlog to your project directory + .git/. So for example, if we were tracking this repo with wlog, we would do the following:

[wlog] git
[git] ls
[git] set
Path to git repo (eg: project/.git/): /home/psyomn/programming/ruby/wlog/.git/
git author: psyomn
[git] ls
  repo: /home/psyomn/programming/ruby/wlog/.git/
  auth: psyomn

So now, when you're generating invoices, you can add your commits as well. If you want to simply list a bunch of commits for a particular invoice, you can invoke the commits command. The commits between the two dates of that invoice will be printed on screen.

[invoices] ls
  [1] 01-10-2014 -> 30-10-2014 This is some text I'm currently writing and I'm no...
  [2] 01-09-2014 -> 30-09-2014 I start writing this it is a...
[invoices] commits 2 

  git commits for psyomn

  5a46cf61dd6471f22731b7cbf1d21d1d0f79f7a2 wlog.gemspec: set version of AR to 4.1.6 ...
  8ca561e3412fde1828f983b79ee47a158d16bbf6 README.md: update usage instructions ...
  fcb5adbba04c22ef931147b8acbf641d9d26bb33 template/ui: niceify template selection ...
  e10bdee3cd8ae2f12ae55aef5cef249433459397 invoices/issues/entries: fix timezone issue ...
  8ef9a823da2d80bba510838dd591703baad2c9ac invoices: generating works. ...
  cf1627259cc7d278084f90559efa75d1fe4f60ba staticconfig: add template output dir ...
  22d760f881e613a30d3b722dd9b26f4f46c1cf4c domain/log_entry: add belongs_to issue ...
  79d1e3393587b02c328a454d5cfe301d3f80aee8 invoices: select date range for log entries ...


If you want to unset colors you can do so by going to the config menu

[wlog] config

and then typing in

[config] set ansi no

When you restart wlog, the colors will be set off. To set colors back on just use yes.


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request


Check issue tracker - thanks.