Time Tracking Is Here — Welcome YouTrack 4.1 EAP

We are very excited to announce the opening of YouTrack 4.1 EAP, completely devoted to Time Tracking functionality. You’ve been actively commenting and voting for this feature, and now it’s just the perfect time to share it with you.  Please welcome Time Tracking in YouTrack!

Before you start using it, let me tell you more details about Time Tracking in YouTrack 4.1:

1. Adding a work item to an issue: We’ve added a new tab called Time Tracking to the full issue screen, where you add work items, indicating your progress on specific issue.

2. Smart way of adding work items: Of course, we support adding work items via commands. Simply type this command:

work 1d2h45m added a basic logic

to add a work item with the time spent=1 day, 2 hours and 45 minutes and the descriptionadded a basic logic“. By using commands, you can add work items to multiple issues in one step:

2. Estimation and Time Spent: You can estimate the time to get the issue done and track the actual time spent, as you work on it. Check your progress at a glance, visually indicating the time left to complete the work, according to the original estimate.
Full Issue Screen:

Agile Board:

3. Summarizing the total Time Spent working on the Feature according to the time spent working on its sub-tasks. If you are interested in the total time estimate of your Feature (or any parent issue), as well as in time spent working on all its sub-tasks, YouTrack is there to give you the information. Actually, this is just a default workflow we supply with YouTrack. If you don’t need it, you can always turn it off:

4. Time Report: You often need to report the time spent working on a specific subsystem, iteration, project, during a certain time period, etc. YouTrack allows you to create this report based on any search query results you need. For example, use the following search query: project: JBC #Resolved -Bugs to create a time report, including all the resolved issues in JBC project, excluding bugs. Specify the time period and choose whether to display the report per User or per issue, or export it, or print it:

5. Permission based Time Tracking: Enable Read Time Tracking permission to allow a user to see the Time Tracking tab, and enable Update Time Tracking permission to let him/her add a work item. Access to the Estimation/Time Spent fields is granted in a standard way of accessing any custom field.

Project-based Time Tracking: Enable Time Tracking and create/choose Estimation and Spent Time fields to be used for Time Tracking in your project:

Now you are 100% ready to try Time Tracking for your projects. Download the latest YouTrack 4.1 early access program build and let us know what you think!

Your feedback is highly appreciated in any of the following forms:

  • Our issue tracker is always open for your bugs, requests and comments, so please post your feedback!
  • Community Forum is probably the best place for your questions and sharing ideas.
  • Adding comments to this blog post is super helpful as well!

Enjoy tracking your time the smart way!

P.S. By the way, we’ve added many more goodies to the new version, and here is the full list of release notes. Stay tuned for more news on the improvements expected in YouTrack 4.1.

JetBrains YouTrack Team

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20 Responses to Time Tracking Is Here — Welcome YouTrack 4.1 EAP

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    Marcos says:

    October 3, 2012

    Genious 🙂 You did it !!

    A ton of people will be more than happy with the way you implement it, really simple, and I imagine a ton of system tray pluggins that allow to select a current ticket and autotrack the time 🙂

    Keep going forward !!

    • Valerie Andrianova

      Valerie Andrianova says:

      October 4, 2012

      Thanks, Marcos!

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    Marcos says:

    October 3, 2012

    We can expect Agile Board changes ? mostly on proyect selection and filtering ?

    The link to all issues is broken thats why I’m asking for that 🙂

    • Valerie Andrianova

      Valerie Andrianova says:

      October 4, 2012

      Updated the link to the release notes, thanks for pointing! Yes, there will be some improvements of the Agile Board as well. We are in progress now 🙂

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    Chris says:

    October 5, 2012

    Hi, we are evaluating YouTrack InCloud at the moment. Is there any way to enable the time tracking functionality? I think the time tracking will be critical for us.

    • Valerie Andrianova

      Valerie Andrianova says:

      October 10, 2012

      Please check this issue for more details about switching to EAP build. Contact us if you still would be ready to switch.

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    Krzysztof Miksa says:

    October 16, 2012

    There will be nice if you include in 4.1 version separate view for reporting time.
    Here is a feature request:

    Please vote 😉

    • Valerie Andrianova

      Valerie Andrianova says:

      October 18, 2012

      Thanks for your feedback, we appreciate it. Unfortunately, this functionality won’t be the part of 4.1, but we’ll definitely think of implementing it in the next versions.

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    Sylvia says:

    October 16, 2012

    I was hoping for a timer functionality. So I could start a timer when I start to work on something and end it when I’m done, which will then add a time tracking entry.
    The reason for this is that I never remember what time I started once I finish a task.

    Do you have plans for such a function? It would be really helpful!

    • Valerie Andrianova

      Valerie Andrianova says:

      October 18, 2012

      Hi Sylvia, thanks for your comment, yes, we are thinking about adding timer functionality as a part of YouTrack’s functionality or as a part of integration with time tracking tools. Here is the feature request created from your comment, please vote & comment.

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    Leonids says:

    October 17, 2012


    Is there publicly available plans of shipping 4.1 (InCloud)?

  7. Valerie Andrianova

    Valerie Andrianova says:

    October 18, 2012

    Hi Leonids,
    Yes, 4.1 is planned for the end of October, InCloud will be upgraded on the next Monday, coming after the release date, according to our Maintenance Calendar.

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    Michael Hedgpeth says:

    October 31, 2012

    It’s the end of October and at least once a day I ask myself when this release will be available. Your fans are anxiously awaiting YouTrack time tracking goodness. 🙂

  9. Valerie Andrianova

    Valerie Andrianova says:

    November 1, 2012

    Michael, thanks for your patience and kind words, we are working hard to deliver the best release for our fans 🙂 Next week is the closest estimation for the moment, we are on the final testing stage.

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    Andy says:

    October 5, 2013

    We absolutely love youtrack and its’ features like time tracking, we using it now for a while. We’ve got just the problem, that the time report doesn’t include all time entries. Especially not the ones which are added by command line with date. E.g. “work today 30m”. Without “today” it works perfectly.
    You have any idea how to handle, except of not using this option 😉 ???

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      Olga Kosyreva says:

      October 8, 2013

      Hi Andy, could you please check that work item itself is added when you use the command like “work today 30m”. Please navigate to Time Tracking tab from full screen issue to check whether work item was added correctly.

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    Joel Regen says:

    February 2, 2015

    How do you get a report of total time estimate for a project?

  12. Valerie Andrianova

    Valerie Andrianova says:

    February 17, 2015

    Joel, you can use Time Report but only for certain time period or the Agile board with enabled time tracking to get the total estimate for a certain fix version or unscheduled tasks.

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    Roshan says:

    June 2, 2016

    how to calculate estimated time for a particular sprint?

    • Valerie Andrianova

      Valerie Andrianova says:

      June 6, 2016

      Hi Roshan,
      You can check the total estimation for a sprint on the Agile Board for this sprint. It’s displayed near the Name of the board.


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