In case you didn’t know, Toggl has a Google Chrome browser extension called the Toggl Button. Another thing you might not know, is that the button is integrated into a lot of other apps and tools. What even fewer people know, is that it’s all open source (most of Toggl is, for that matter).

The reason for having it so, lies in the multitude of work and productivity apps available (we use quite a few ourselves). Thanks to the open source Toggl Button, we’ve had a lot of friends integrate our time tracker with their tools. For the time being, the extension is integrated into 25 different tools.

The benefit of having the timer work from within other apps is obvious – there’s one less step in your tracking process. Between the Toggl web timer, the desktop app, the mobile trackers and the Chrome extension, there should be plenty of options for customising your time management habits. This is especially useful for those of you committed to a lifestyle where there is, ideally, no tab-switching ever.

How to use the Toggl Button?

First, download the Toggl Button at the Chrome web store. Once you’ve installed the extension, a small Toggl logo will appear in the top right corner of your Chrome browser.

If you’re using any of the Toggl-compatible tools, you’ll see a small Toggl icon pop up in the relevant sections of these tools. Here it is inside a Trello card:

Toggl Button extension for Trello

And this is what it looks like inside Wunderlist:

Toggl button time tracking extension in Wunderlist

The button shouldn’t be difficult to find within any of the tools, but just in case, here’s a visual guide of all its favourite hiding spots.

How can I pitch in?

As said, Toggl Button is open source, meaning that user contributions are more than welcome. If you feel like your up for it, head on over to Github and have your say in things. If you need inspiration to get started, we already have a list of tools people want to see work with Toggl Button.

Help more people learn about the Toggl Button and share this on Twitter!

Need more still? Check out the various Toggl repositories at Github!