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.

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  1. Neil July 31, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    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).

    • cwayne July 31, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

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

  2. Alan Pope July 31, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    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. Neil August 1, 2013 at 7:10 am #

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

  4. Kris Buytaewrt September 6, 2013 at 6:45 am #

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

  5. cwayne September 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

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

  6. A October 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    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.

  7. Tina May 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    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?

  8. GauchoMark July 31, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    I decided to give this a try using Mint 17 Qiana with Cinnamon. So far I can’t seem to get it to work. Still tinkering though.

    $ ./fitbit-steps-indicator
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “./fitbit-steps-indicator”, line 8, in
    from gi.repository import AppIndicator3 as appindicator
    ImportError: cannot import name AppIndicator3

  9. fader April 25, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

    I know this is old, but this is great stuff! I just installed it on my laptop and it works perfectly.

    I did make one tweak, which was to desaturate the Fitbit icon and remove the border around it, which makes it fit in much better with the other indicators.

    If you want the image to use in future builds, it’s here. (And if anyone wants to change the icon on their own, it’s at /usr/share/icons/hicolor/32×32/apps/fitbit.png.)

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