Taskwarrior – Terminal based TODO Application

Taskwarrior is a command line app for managing your todo list. It’s lightweight, simple and fast. If you spend lot of time on terminal (as a developer or system administrator) then constantly switching to a web app or another GUI based todo app may not be very productive thing to do. In that case, you may want to try a simple command line application instead.


Taskwarrior has human-friendly natural command line syntax. You will also like its simplicity. I like how it doesn’t reinforce any particular methodology (whether you prefer GTD or something else, it doesn’t matter). Here is a simple command for adding a task :

task add Write an article about task due:tomorrow

Installing Taskwarrior in Ubuntu/Linux

If you’re using a GNU/Linux distribution such as Ubuntu, then it’s already there in your package repository (I’ve tested on Ubuntu 14.40 LTS) under the name ‘task‘.

sudo apt-get install task

For older version or other distributions you may want to download it from official site.

Few important commands you should know

  • task add sample task (adding a task, you could specify other things like priority or due date etc)
  • task list (it lists all the pending task with their ids and other details)
  • task 5 done (marks the task with the id 5 completed)
  • task 4 delete (deletes the task with id 4)
  • task all (displays all the pending and completed tasks)

If you want to know more about the features read the man pages (man task) or read some tutorials on official website.