StaffCounter for Linux
Compatibility: Ubuntu 16-18, Mint 16-18
StaffCounter Agent for Linux. What is it?
Managers can view an analysis of this data at the StaffCounter website at any time.
The program requires a constant internet connection. Thanks to our analytics service, even the busiest managers can check on what their employees are up to at their computers in just a couple of minutes.
The agent logs all user activity on the computer and requires only a couple of minutes to set up. It runs in the background and doesn’t put a heavy load on the system.
StaffCounter Agent offers the following key features
Installing the program on computers
Download and unzip the archive into a new folder. In Terminal application execute the following command from this folder:
To launch StaffCounter agent execute a command:
nohup staffcounter &
Now configure StaffCounter:
- Enter your account at the StaffCounter service. Insert the name on this computer or employee name. Click Register.
If you need to monitor not only the current user but all users on this computer check on the option Auto register all users on this PC.
Download the deb package. Double-click it or in the Terminal application and run the following command:
sudo dpkg -i staffcounter.deb
StaffCounter will be downloaded and installed on the system.
Note! During the installation, it will restart the computer! Don’t have open documents this time! After the restart, the StaffCounter agent will be launched automatically.
On Ubuntu 20:
Before installing the .deb package, run the following commands:
sudo apt update
If the last line is like this – 356 packages can be upgraded. Run ‘apt list –upgradable’ to see them. Install updates with command
sudo apt upgrade
After that, install the .deb package with the standard installer (double-click on the package)
Report a problem
In order to tell us about a problem in StaffCounter, you can send us the StaffCounter program log files with the command:
Remote installation of the program on the computer
Connect to the client using SSH. Before installation, you need to configure the following parameters in the settings file /staffcounter_install/files/staffcounter.conf:
- adminemail – your account registration email
- device_name – the name of the client’s computer, which will be seen later in the section “Employees” (by default, the system username is taken)
- device_id – need to connect to an existing employee. It can be taken on the main page of our web interface in the “Employees” section.
- url – change of the address for sending logs, by default sends to data.staffcounter.net. If you are using the StaffCounter Local Server, you must change this parameter to the address of your local server.
- lock=1 -enable functionality Lockscreen (additional window for authentication in the StaffCounter system)
- idle_time_lock – time in seconds before auto power on Lockscreen (Lockscreen must be enabled for this setting to work.). By default – 2 minutes.
To enable the parameter you need to remove the “#” character in front of the line.
After that, install the StaffCounter as usual.
How to change interface language
By default, the language of the interface is Russian. But it is possible to change it to the system language. Staffcounter application supports 4 languages: English, Russian, German, and Italian. If the system language of your Linux is another one, the interface will be in English. You can change the interface language before the installing Staffcounter monitoring agent. After downloading the installation package, unzip it into a new folder. Open the “files” folder and edit the staffcounter.conf file. Erase [language] section with the following text. Save the file.
Install Staffcounter agent from this package. The language of the applicaiton will be English if the system language is English.
LockScreen - Monitor Employees in One Account
Our new unique functionality of Lockscreen allows you to automatically launch an authentication window (2 minutes later or after a forced call) to log in to the StaffCounter system. It should be included if several employees work in one system profile and you need to keep track of the time of each of them separately.
Lockscreen dims the screen when you start StaffCounter and does not allow you to perform any actions at the computer until authentication. To enter, you just need to enter the Device ID of the employee, the system will automatically pick it up from the server and start monitoring right away. To pre-made a list of employees, use the function of Invite.
While Lockscreen is running, no employee is monitored, and the log is not sent to the server.
In order for the Staffcounter program to work in Lockscreen mode, you must first create the required number of virtual devices on the data.staffcounter.net server.
After that in the settings file /staffcounter_install/files/staffcounter.conf before installation you need to configure
and install the Staffcounter program as usual. When you start it, the Lockscreen window will immediately appear. On the desktop in the area of the clock – you can use the icon StaffCounter – command Exit – to change the employee number.
Can a worker turn StaffCounter off for some time?
An employee can click on the StaffCounter Agent icon in the system tray and pause monitoring for 30 minutes or for the rest of the working day. This time will not be counted as working time.
How can I see log file locally on the computer?
Uninstalling StaffCounter from a computer
To uninstall the program,
– open the installation folder and type in Terminal the following command:
or execute from anywhere:
sudo dpkg -P staffcounter