fitbit-steps-indicator ready for initial testing

Inspired by Stuart Langridge’s Ubuntu Edge Progress Indicator, I decided that it would be a good idea to make a new indicator.  The first thing that came to mind was my Fitbit, so that I can keep track of my steps straight from my OS.  So, I updated the account-plugin-fitbit online account, and made a new indicator to show you the number of steps you’ve made so far today.  The indicator looks like this:


Currently it’s not very configurable, and will show a notification once you reach your steps goal.  This is still in an alpha state, but I think it is ready to be tested by people that aren’t me.  To install:

To start, log in and log out, or simply reboot.  Any questions or comments, please email me at  I’m currently working on fixing this up to get it into Universe for Saucy.

| July 31st, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized |

8 Responses to “fitbit-steps-indicator ready for initial testing”

  1. Neil Says:

    Awesome idea, one question; does it work in 12.04 (I was able to install the PPA successfully but neither of the packages are found).

  2. Alan Pope Says:

    Yay! Although I didn’t bother logging out/in, but did ALT+F2 and pasted this:-

    /usr/bin/python /usr/share/fitbit-steps-indicator/fitbit-steps-indicator

  3. cwayne Says:

    It should work with 12.04, I’ll do some testing and get some packaes for you ASAP

  4. Neil Says:

    No worries, installed 13.04 (about time) and it works like a charm :) (even used Alan’s idea not to log in/out ;) )

  5. Kris Buytaewrt Says:

    Which kind of FitBit are you using .. I`m having troubles getting to recognise a Flex under LInux..

  6. cwayne Says:

    I haven’t been able to get it to sync under linux for awhile

  7. A Says:

    I was wondering if it were possible to access some of the raw data off of the fitbit one. I’m interested in taking the raw data on a small time scale (~30secs to 1min) and then exporting it to a .csv file for data analysis in my mathematics software in ubuntu. Is there anyway that I could do something like this? Also, if so, how would I go about this?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  8. Tina Says:

    My indicator is not updating to the next day and keeps displaying yesterday’s stats even when the dashboard is correct unless I log out and log in again. Any idea how to fix this?

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