Archive timesheets command

A plugin, which allows you to archive timesheets older than a specified timeframe, using a command.

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A Kimai plugin, which allows you to archive timesheets older than a specified timeframe, using a command.

Note that archiving in this case means removing them from the database permanently. You will not be able to restore them.


After installing the plugin, the kimai:archive:timesheets command will be available for you to use.

  Archive (remove) timesheets older than the given preserve period.

  kimai:archive:timesheets [options]

  -p, --preserve-period[=PRESERVE-PERIOD]  The period for which to preserve the timesheets, in the PHP DateInterval format 
( Defaults to 1 year. [default: "P1Y"]
  -h, --help                               Display this help message
  -q, --quiet                              Do not output any message
  -V, --version                            Display this application version
      --ansi                               Force ANSI output
      --no-ansi                            Disable ANSI output
  -n, --no-interaction                     Do not ask any interactive question
  -e, --env=ENV                            The Environment name. [default: "prod"]
      --no-debug                           Switches off debug mode.
  -v|vv|vvv, --verbose                     Increase the verbosity of messages: 1 for normal output, 2 for more verbose output and 3 for debug


Copy files

Extract the ZIP file and upload the included directory and all files to your Kimai installation to the new directory:


Or you can clone it directly to the var/plugins/ directory of your Kimai installation:

cd kimai/var/plugins/
git clone ArchiveTimesheetsCommandBundle

The file structure needs to look like this afterwards:

├── ArchiveTimesheetsCommandBundle
│   ├── ArchiveTimesheetsCommandBundle.php
|   └ ... more files and directories follow here ...

Clear cache

After uploading the files, Kimai needs to know about the new plugin. It will be found once the cache was re-built. Call these commands from the Kimai directory:

How to reload Kimai cache

bin/console kimai:reload --env=prod

It is not advised, but in case the above command fails you could try:

rm -r var/cache/prod/*

You might have to set file permissions afterwards:

Adjust file permission

You have to allow PHP (your webserver process) to write to var/ and it subdirectories.

Here is an example for Debian/Ubuntu (to be executed inside the Kimai directory):

chown -R :www-data .
chmod -R g+r .
chmod -R g+rw var/


Updating the plugin works exactly like the installation:

  • Delete the directory var/plugins/ArchiveTimesheetsCommandBundle/
  • Execute all installation steps again:
    • Copy files
    • Clear cache
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