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Timekpr (Revived)- An Open Source Parental Control App for Linux

Timekpr Parental Control App for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

How many times have you heard of a parental control app on Linux? You have probably assumed they aren’t as good enough ones as there are for Windows platform. Well, today, we have one such app for you and it does quite a good job. It’s called Timekpr (Revived) Weird name, but hey, it’s open source 😉

Timekpr (Revived) is an open source parental control app that you can use to track and control the computer usage of all user accounts on your system.

With it, you can limit your computer’s daily usage and user logins to specific periods of the day for specified periods. Basically, as a computer admin, you can limit account login time duration and account access hours.

Basically, as a parent (and computer admin), you can limit the login duration of your children’s account login while being able to monitor its usage during the period. It was forked from the original parental control app, Timekpr, to keep it alive by maintaining its code and adding new features whenever it’s possible.

Features in Timepkr (Revived)

  • FOSS – free to download and use with source code available on LaunchPad.
  • Limit users’ daily usage based on time periods and access duration.
  • Lock user accounts.
  • Option to bypass restrictions for the day.
  • Support for native desktop notifications and Ubuntu’s AppIndicator.
  • Option to add time rewards/penalties.
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The best way to install Timekpr (Revived) is via PPA. The following commands will work in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and any of their derivatives:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjasnik/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install timekpr

If adding PPAs isn’t your thing you can just install the .deb package.

Download Timepkr .deb Package

For installation on other Linux distros grab the code from Launchpad. You can also make reports and code contributions there.

Do you know any of any other parental control apps for Linux? Share your experience with us in the comments section.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.