So many power users try dozens of complicated todo list software applications, only to go right back to their trusty todo.txt file.
But it's not easy to open todo.txt, make a change, and save it—especially on your touchscreen device and at the command line. Todo.txt apps solve that problem.
You're not going to find many checkboxes, drop-downs, reminders, or date pickers here.
Todo.txt apps are minimal, todo.txt-focused editors which help you manage your tasks with as few keystrokes and taps possible.
Your todo.txt file isn't useful if it's not always at your fingertips. The Todo.txt mobile apps make it easy to view and update your tasks on the go.
Currently connected to Dropbox, Todo.txt Touch helps you manage your todo.txt on your touchscreen mobile device and automatically syncs your changes to all your computers.
With a simple but powerful shell script called todo.sh, you can interact with todo.txt at the command line for quick and easy, Unix-y access.
The Todo.txt CLI supports archiving completed tasks to done.txt and priority/context tab autocompletion.
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Countless productivity apps and sites store your tasks in their own proprietary database and file format. But you can work with your todo.txt file in every text editor ever made, regardless of operating system or vendor.
The todo.txt format is a simple set of rules that make todo.txt both human and machine-readable. The format supports priorities, creation and completion dates, projects and contexts. That's all you need to be productive. See an example Todo.txt file.
The easiest to-do list I ever used. -Dennis
Brilliant... the "cool" factor is off the charts. -John
So simple, yet also very versatile and flexible. I love it! -mschooler93
Extremely useful and well executed. -nemof
No frills, highly effective and convenient. -Will
In addition to the official Todo.txt apps, community members have built more apps and add-ons that work with Todo.txt.
A minimalist, keyboard-driven Windows GUI for your todo.txt file, by Ben Hughes.
Todour is an application for handling todo.txt files on the Mac and Windows, by Sverrir Valgeirsson.
"A todo.txt client for humans" on Ubuntu, by ximilian.
A fast, simple, and efficient todo.txt-compatible task list for Ubuntu, by Zach Burnham.
A fast, cross-platform todo.txt GUI written in Python, by Matthieu Nantern.
An open-source, Java-based client for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, by Christian M. Schmid.
Simple but powerfull TUI for todo.txt by Ondrej Novy.
Interactive HTML5 todo.txt app with optional Dropbox integration (source), by Martin Gill.
HTML5 task manager, built on todo.txt, by Davis W. Frank.
A sleek, hosted, mobile-friendly web app with Dropbox synchronization, filtering, and searching. You can use it here
by Leandro Freitas.
Add items to your todo.txt file in Dropbox from Google Chat, by Nick Barrett.
A collection of add-ons, custom actions, and filters that enhance the Todo.txt CLI script, authored by community members.
A plugin to make editing your todo.txt in Atom a breeze.
A webOS application for managing your todo.txt file written using the EnyoJS framework, by thrrgilag.
A RubyGem for parsing todo.txt files, by Sam Rose.
Perl interface to todotxt files by Andrew Fresh.
Todo.txt's icon designed by John Rowley.
The first version of the Todo.txt CLI script was originally published in 2006 on Lifehacker.
All software comes as is with no warranty. Do back up your todo.txt before you read another word. Support is available on the Todo.txt community mailing list.