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Toggl API for Grunt. E.g. start time tracking with grunt watch or grunt toggl

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Demo of starting a timer from the command line

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt >=0.4.4

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-toggl --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


The "toggl" task


In your project's Gruntfile, add a section named toggl to the data object passed into grunt.initConfig().

  toggl: {
    options: {
      apiKey: '',
      settingsFile: 'toggl.json'
      workspace:    null,
      project:      null,
      data: {
        description: '<%= %>',


Your Toggl API key is required for this task. Get it from your profile on

Here are the ways to specify your API key:


Type: String Default value: ``

This is one way to specify your Toggl API key. Not secure if your repo is public.


Type: String Default value: ``

This is one way to specify your Toggl API key. Safe but you'll have to configure the shell env var on the machine you're using the task on.


Type: String Default value: .toggl

This is another way to specify your Toggl API Key. Enter a filename to a JSON file that contains the key "apiKey" and value with your Toggl API key.

  "apiKey":     "demokeydemokeydemokey",
  "workspace":  12345
  "project":    1111111

You can also specify the workspace here.

This format is useful if you keep your Gruntfile in version control and don't want your API key in it (e.g. add your .toggl file to your .gitignore).

Other options


Type: Integer Default value: null

OPTIONAL (if specified in settingsFile). Equivalent to Specify the Toggl Workspace ID that newly created time entries should go into.


Type: Integer Default value: null

OPTIONAL. Equivalent to Specify the Toggl Project ID that newly created time entries should go into.

Type: Object Default value: {}

The data object can take any values from the toggl time_entries API endpoint:

  • description: (string, strongly suggested to be used)

    • I like to use the package.json name in the description, assuming you have it loaded into the pkg variable (pkg: grunt.file.readJSON('package.json')):

      data: {
        description: '<%= %>'
  • wid: workspace ID (integer, required if pid or tid not supplied).

  • pid: project ID (integer, not required)

  • tid: task ID (integer, not required)

  • billable: (boolean, not required, default false, available for pro workspaces)

  • start: time entry start time (string, required, ISO 8601 date and time)

  • stop: time entry stop time (string, not required, ISO 8601 date and time)

  • duration: time entry duration in seconds. If the time entry is currently running, the duration attribute contains a negative value, denoting the start of the time entry in seconds since epoch (Jan 1 1970). The correct duration can be calculated as current_time + duration, where current_time is the current time in seconds since epoch. (integer, required)

  • created_with: the name of your client app (string, required)

  • tags: a list of tag names (array of strings, not required)

  • duronly: should Toggl show the start and stop time of this time entry? (boolean, not required)

  • at: timestamp that is sent in the response, indicates the time item was last updated

See this doc for the latest properties available for the API:

Data in this object will override the workspace and project properties for data.wid and

Usage Examples

Finding your workspace IDs


grunt toggl:MYTASK:workspaces

To get a JSON list of workspaces. MYTASK should be whatever task you have configured, since you still need a valid API Key to get the workspaces.

OR just run the task without a workspace set. It will list your workspaces by default.

Finding your project IDs


grunt toggl:MYTASK:projects

To get a JSON list of projects in the configured workspace. Your task needs to have a Workspace ID properly setup in order to use this argument (valid workspace or wid set in the options).

Stop the current task


grunt toggl:MYTASK:stopCurrent

To stop the current task timer. This will call the API to find out if there is a current timer running. If there is, another call is made to stop it.

OR add this to your Gruntfile.js

grunt.registerTask('toggl:stop', ['toggl:default:stopCurrent']);

and you will be able to simply call

grunt toggl:stop

Default Options

  toggl: {
    options: {
      settingsFile: '.toggl',
      workspace: null,


In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using Grunt.


  • debug option that deletes time entries as soon as they're created.

Release History

- 2015-02-22   v1.0.0    [CHANGED]  dependency bump
- 2015-02-21   v0.3.0    [CHANGED]  support grunt >=0.4.4 in package.json
- 2014-04-29   v0.2.0    [ADDED]    argument for listing projects in a workspace
- 2014-04-29   v0.2.0    [ADDED]    argument for listing projects in a workspace
                         [CHANGED]  arg for listing workspaces
- 2014-04-28   v0.1.1    Alpha READY. It works.
- 2014-04-28   v0.1.0    Work in progress, not ready.

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