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Track Earnings from Billable Hours with Scythe (Mac OS X only)

Unfortunately, this is no longer a supported integration with Harvest.

A few weeks ago, we got a glimpse of beautifully executed Harvest add-on called Scythe.  We’re excited to tell you that this FREE add-on is now available for download.  The simple application allows users to track their earnings via an interface which appears on the menu bar of Mac OS X.

Let Harvest do your time tracking while you track earnings right on your desktop with Scythe.

Learn more and download Scythe

Many thanks to Doug of Falesafe Consulting for coming up with this great Harvest add-on!

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This was posted in Add-ons, Online Invoicing, Time Tracking.
  • Karen G Anderson on May 11, 2009

    I’m underwhelmed. This isn’t working for me; it installs fine, but doesn’t seem to be able to find my info.

    Once you type in your URL to the Scythe Preferences, it’s no longer possible to see what the original format request for the URL was, so you can’t check to see if it was supposed to be a particular page, such as /overview or /projects. (And, unfortunately, the URL data form box is quite short, so you couldn’t see if it was a long URL Scythe requested in the first place.)

    There’s no support or screenshot on the Falesafe site to check this, either.

  • I’m experiencing an odd issue as well.

    After the app copied over to my application folder, I run it, enter in my info, click OK, and then nothing happens.

    Any help would be appreciated. thanks!

  • @karen:
    You should only need to enter the base URL to your Harvest account. So if you go to “” via your browser to view your Harvest account, that’s what you should enter in the field. No trailing “/overview” or “/projects”.

    If you still have problems, please drop me a line at scythe [at]

    Thanks for giving it a try!

  • @rick:
    Do you see anything listed in your menu bar like so:


  • Hi Doug,
    Nope, it’s odd the app doesn’t even load up. I double click and nada. I’m going to restart the mac and see if it appears

  • Tim Harvey on May 28, 2009

    I was unable to get this delightful app to work until I removed the trailing slash from the URL.

    Perhaps something for a future version to validate. Great app!

  • Thanks Tim! I’ll add that to my list of things to fix in version 1.1, which should be out soon…

  • appears to be a dead URL. Shame – this looked pretty good. Hopefully it’ll be back up soon.

  • @Stu – the site looks up to me. Give it a try again:

  • Scythe doesn’t seem to differentiate between billable and non-billable tasks on a billable project. I have a non-billable project which doesn’t show (which is correct) but I have a billable project with some non-billable tasks which are getting calculated to dollars (which is incorrect).

  • Thanks for your feedback everyone! I have updated Scythe to version 1.3, which includes fixes for URL validation, non-billable tasks, and also the ability to filter out archived projects from your totals.

    In addition to these fixes, I’ve also added an auto-update feature. Once you’ve downloaded this new version of Scythe, it will automatically check for updates as they become available from the Scythe website.

    Please let me know how it works for you:

    scythe [at]

  • i love this app. if it included timetracking, i could start and stop timers w/o having to wait for the dashboard to load. that would be my time tracking holy grail

  • I’d LOVE to use this, but the login isn’t working. Is this because we use Google accounts as our login? I’ve put my Google email address and password into the right fields, but it keeps saying Please Login…

  • Tod, if you’re using Google Apps, you’ll need to set a Harvest-specific password. Google (with good reason) doesn’t let us import your apps password. Just go into your Harvest account and click the “My Profile” link in the top right corner. Set a password and then click save.

    If you still have trouble getting it to work, feel free to write into support and we’ll get you straightened out.

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