Workrave is a free software application intended to prevent computer users from developing or aggravating occupational diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injuries, or myopia.

Initial release2002 (2002)
Stable release
1.10.5 (available from select outlets only; see article) / December 9, 2014 (2014-12-09)
Written inC++ (Gtkmm)
Operating systemLinux, Cross-platform[1]
TypeHealth-related software
Repetitive strain injury
LicenseGNU General Public License

The software periodically locks the screen while showing an animated character, “Miss Workrave”, walks the user through various stretching exercises,[2][3][4] urges them to take a coffee break and sets a daily work time limit after which it automatically triggers an action, such as suspend the machine.[5]

The program is cross-platform, and dependent on the GTK+ graphical widget toolkit, and also on other GNOME libraries on Linux.[1] It is also available for Microsoft Windows.

Latest stable release

As of December 2014: The official Workrave website implies that the latest stable Workrave release is 1.10, but this is incorrect. In fact, the latest stable release for Linux is 1.10.5,[6] and the latest stable release for Windows is 1.10.1.[7] The Windows uninstaller was broken in 1.10 and fixed in 1.10.1.[8]

Similar software

Similar RSI-prevention utilities include:


  1. Workrave: Developer information
  2. Ryan Cartwright (2008-05-28). "Workrave : combating RSI the free software way". Free Software Magazine. The Open Company Partners. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
  3. David A. Harding (2007-10-03). "Workrave fights repetitive strain injuries". SourceForge, Inc. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
  4. Jono Bacon (2004-05-05). "Repetitive software injury". O'Reilly ONLamp Blog. Blog of O'Reilly Media, Inc. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  5. "Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  6. "Releases - rcaelers/workrave". GitHub. Retrieved 2014-12-19.
  7. "Workrave - Browse /workrave at". SourceForge website. Dice Holdings. Retrieved 2014-12-19.
  8. "Workrave 1.10.1 README". Retrieved 2015-03-18.

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