Countdown Timer counts down a specified time and sounds an alarm.

I wanted a timer with a repeat feature to help time my circuit training. I realised it would be useful to be able to time other regular events like waiting for coffee to brew or the 7 second stretch reflex. To make it easy to recall the settings, profiles can be created and edited.

Recent Changes

Version 2.4



Countdown Timer: Explanation

Power nap profile

Power nap profile

Stretching profile

Stretching profile (running)

Selecting profiles

Selecting profiles

Rest timer

Rest timer (paused)

Sound selector

Sound selection dialog

Mac Pomodoro profile

MacOS X Pomodoro profile


File Version Platform Size MD5
CountdownTimer-2.4.dmg 2.4 Mac 9.6 MB 929e8c1c2a31078920740fd6df063d7e 2.4 Windows 29 MB 68a2ca1ba21c37dbec7724ffac19774c
countdowntimer_2.4_arm.ipk 2.4 Zaurus 40 KB 796b49fe989dab01e19ec51a824c5aa6
Wilhelm.wav n/a Any 89 KB  

On Mac, Countdown Timer should run on OS X 10.7 and above (Intel only). It should be able to play back any sample that QuickTime can play.

On Windows, you will encounter a warning that the software is not trusted because it is not digital signed - ignore this. Right click on the zip file and select "Uncompress to CountdownTimer-X.Y". You can move this folder to somewhere convenient on your disk. Now select CountdownTimer.exe, right click and create a shortcut. You can move this shortcut to your desktop. Now you need to find some suitable wav files.

On Zaurus, Countdown Timer can play back uncompressed PCM WAVE files, mono or stereo. You can find a handy zip file with alarm sounds here. On most Linux/BSD systems you can check if a WAVE file is in the right format:

$ file Wilhelm.wav
Wilhelm.wav: RIFF (little-endian) data, WAVE audio, Microsoft PCM, 16 bit, mono 48000 Hz

If it says Microsoft PCM then the WAVE file should be compatible. Windows seems to prefer 16 bit files.

I found the Wilhelm scream online and converted it using audacity. This is a great sound to use for alarms.


To add a profile,

  1. Select the profile most similar to the one you wish to create
  2. Click/tap on the profile selector
  3. Edit the name to the new profile name and press enter
  4. You are now editing the new profile


The main icon is Orologio Rosso, taken from Wikimedia Commons. The small icons used in the GUI are from the Crystal set by Everaldo.