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Tools That Make Working with Todo.txt Easier

A task list on a smartphone

After a long break, I recently went back to using Todo.txt as my task task management tool. Some people will say that Todo.txt doesn’t have enough features for them. It has enough features for me, which is why I stick with it.

But Todo.txt is, at its core, a command line tool. You type commands in a terminal window. So, it’s not for everyone.

There are, though, a number of tools that can help make Todo.txt easier to use. Here’s a look at a few of them.

Todo.txt Chrome App

One of the reasons I originally abandoned Todo.txt is because there was no convenient way for me to use it with my Chromebook. That changed late last year when I learned about the Todo.txt app and extension available in the Chrome web store.

I use the app, mainly because it gives me a bigger screen on which to work. The app is simple, but it gets the job done.

To use it, you need to sync your task list with Dropbox. From there, just point the app to Dropbox and you’re all set.


Todo.txt++ is a web-based application. It lets you use and modify your Todo.txt task list no matter where you are or on which computer of device you’re using.

Just connect Todo.txt++ to your Dropbox account, point it to the folder where your task list lives, and you’re ready to do. The interface is simple, and looks good on just about any device — desktop or laptop computer, Chromebook, tablet, or smartphone.

If you have your own website and want to embrace your inner geek a bit and install it on the web server you’re using.


I have to use a MacBook in part of my professional life. I also like to use some of the same tools and technologies, even if the sources of data aren’t the same.

Wanting to use Todo.txt on that MacBook, I turned to TodocTxtMac. It’s a simple but effective desktop app that makes working with a Todo.txt task list easy. You can easily add due dates to your tasks, set custom colours for tasks of different priorities, and use keyboard shortcuts.


When I’m not working on my Chromebook, my professional and personal computing is done in Linux. Specifically, Ubuntu. And while I’m very comfortable using Todo.txt at the command line, I know that some Linux users aren’t. We aren’t all uber geeks …

My favourite Todo.txt app for Linux is DayTasks. It makes it easier to add and edit your task list, and does it in a clean interface. One feature that I like is Easy Line Breaks. This lets you add a line break below a task, where you can add a note about it.

Todo.txt Touch

Todo.txt Touch lets you take your task list mobile. Again, you’ll have to sync the app with your Dropbox account. That lets you keep your tasks synchronized and up to date.

The app lets you easily add and complete tasks, change their priorities, and add due dates. It’s simple, but keeping it simple reduces your overhead when managing your tasks.

There are versions for iOS and Android. They’ll set you back $1.99 (USD).

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