Best Time Tracking Software & Tools for Mac


Share this Article:

Our content and product recommendations are editorially independent. We may make money when you click links to our partners. Learn more in our Editorial & Advertising Policy.

Time tracking is very important in project management. It is crucial for their businesses and organizations that project professionals, team leaders, and freelancers managing client projects track the time they spent. Consequently, performing time tracking also makes people better project managers. The process helps them set clear objectives. Time is equivalent to money, and project teams and individuals should be mindful of this fact as it impacts profitability. Also, time tracking provides valuable metrics that can help improve any work process, simply because it is measured. These are only a few reasons why it is beneficial to track time with available tools in the digital market.

The Top 5

Just like any other personal computer, Apple computers or Macs are widely used in teams or by freelancers to help automate many project management tasks. This is aside from the actual creative work they do for clients. Loyal and affectionate users of the Mac proudly state that their computers are not only beautiful on the outside, and optimized in the inside, but also come with powerful and elegant applications. We list here 5 of our recommended time tracking tools for the Mac.

1. Time Doctor

Time Doctor is a remote time tracking application that works on the Mac platform. It retrieves data on work habits and provides analytics to show where improvements can be made so teams stay productive. It has a time tracking feature that can provide businesses an accurate breakdown of where time has been spent. Users are able to clearly see that time spent on projects, or clients, or tasks, or distractions. It monitors employee Internet usage, and reminds them if they are spending too much time there. Time Doctor also has website and application monitoring, integrations with many popular management platforms, flexible configuration settings, data encryption for privacy and security, and many other features, both built-in and optional. Teams can try it for free for 30 days, and is priced $9.99 per user per month. There is a more affordable solo plan, and also a free plan. Users have the option to either use the Time Doctor Pro or the Lite version.

2. Timing

Timing is a fully automated Mac time tracking tool that generates a timeline of the user’s activities. Users do not have to start or stop the timer, but it will support manual time entry, too. The timeline shows the user what he or she did at any given time. It even recognizes and makes suggestions for blocks of time that belong together. Timing has a dashboard that provides an overview, drag-and-drop to custom time categories, and reporting for client billing purposes. It is a downloadable native macOS application that can also track websites that browsers visited. The price starts at $29 and is licensed for up to 2 Macs for a single user.

3. OfficeTime

OfficeTime is a native time tracking application that is compatible with the Mac, the iPad, and the iPhone. It can be downloaded from the App Store, buy once, and comes with a 120-day full-refund satisfaction guarantee. The app is easy to use and has an export feature to Excel or any other spreadsheet. Some of its features include expense tracking, summary graphs, and invoicing. It recognizes zero activity in the computer, which can be placed in another project/category or disregarded. OfficeTime provides quick access, so users can change timings without leaving their current program. A Windows version is also available with 21 days free trial period.

4. Harvest

Harvest is a popular creator of time tracking software. Aside from web and mobile device versions, it also offers an app for the Mac computer. Users can download the application from the App Store, or directly from the Harvest for Mac page. An account is required, which can be created online. The app also requires OS X 10.11 or higher. It has high visibility, which sits on the menu bar, works with hotkeys to instantly start a timer, and detects idle time as well. A fully functional version can be tested for 30 days. A free plan that includes for 2 projects is available as well as Solo and Team premium plans with unlimited projects.

5. Toggl

Toggl is another time tracking and employee timesheet software that runs across different computer platforms, including the Mac. The Toggl Desktop for Mac is a native OSX application that requires version 10.8 Mountain Lion or higher. The desktop app is an open source project that can be downloaded directly from the website, but is also available on the App Store. With this Mac application, users can easily add projects, track time, and display time entries individually or in grouped entries. Manual time entry and editing is possible. To use the software, users must create an account online. A free 30-day trial period is available, as well as a forever free basic plan of up to 5 members and several monthly/yearly per user premium plans.


Mac native apps, including project management software for macs, are designed to take full advantage of its specific hardware. As such, these computers are reliable resources in any team or individual project endeavor. Our top 5 list of time tracking tools is a short list, and many are still available depending on and according to personal or team preferences.

You may also check this #6 – Timely

Timely is a cross-platform time tracking and timesheet software that runs also on MacOS, iPhone, and iPad, among others. It can be used by teams and freelancers to track time for billing purposes, for payroll, or to increase productivity. It has a familiar and easy-to-use interface that requires no training. Timely integrates with calendar apps to minimize double entry. Other features include logging time by activity or phase, a single overview page to see who forgot to log time, powerful reporting that exports to Excel and PDF, 3rd party integrations, and more. A 14-day free trial period is available, then monthly or yearly subscription afterwards. Users can download the app from their website. To use the app, an online account must be created.

Sign up for our emails and be the first to see helpful how-tos, insider tips & tricks, and a collection of templates & tools. Subscribe Now

Featured Partners

Subscribe to Project Management Insider for best practices, reviews and resources.

Jose Maria Delos Santos Avatar

Get the Newsletter

Subscribe to Project Management Insider for best practices, reviews and resources.