TaskPaper – Plain text to-dos 4+

Jesse Grosjean

    • 4.6 • 27 Ratings
    • $24.99



Make lists and get organized. TaskPaper is a plain text to-do list that’s surprisingly adept. Thoroughly modernized. TaskPaper 3 is all new, while still retaining the same plain text design that’s been getting things done since 2006.

Buy now to make lists and get organized!


Key Features
• Plain text files; edit anywhere
• Type and your lists are auto formatted
• Organize projects:, - tasks, notes, and @tags
• Filter your lists by @tag, type, or content
• Fold, focus, and filter to make big lists small
• Fast keyboard navigation & commands

Supporting Features
• Drag and drop to organize your lists
• Manage dates and times in plain text
• Import/Export with Reminders app (Siri)
• Active support community ready to help
• LESS/CSS powered stylesheets for theming
• Extensive Javascript API for scripting

Learn More
• https://www.taskpaper.com

What’s New

Version 3.8.17

• Added Window > Float on Top menu option
• Fixed email highlighter to recognize longer extensions such as `legal`
• Fixed disable multiple range text selection since it's not supported by TaskPaper's model.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Captain Nemateam ,

Friction-free task management

So hard to encapsulate what a joy it is to use this app. It is fast. It is easy to learn. It is reliable. With fast search and tag filters, I am able to track dozens of projects and tasks and notes with ease. My list does not become overwhelming because I can quickly and intuitively filter it to zoom in on a set of tasks by context, by due date, etc. What really stands out for me is the way it adapts to the way I generally think about tasks and projects — it is usually a non-linear process where thinking about one task or project triggers a memory about another thing to do. From anywhere in the app I can immediately start adding a new project or task. I don’t need to click-click-click to get to a Project view or Inbox view and then proceed from there. It is that ease of capturing projects and tasks that gives me a sense of calm and “ninja-ness” in managing what I need to do.

batkins ,

Just really well done

My favorite task management app. It just gets out of your way and lets you organize your tasks in whatever way is best for you. Since it's outline-based, you can add arbitrary levels of subtasks to any item. You can easily narrow your focus down to single projects, or quickly move and tag items with the keyboard.

The file format is simple plain-text outlines, but the app provides so many powerful tools to manipulate your tasks and projects. You can create very powerful searches, you can create custom commands with JavaScript and can customize the way your tasks are presented with stylesheets. Lots of pre-written scripts and stylesheets are available on the Taskpaper forum.

Because it's just plaintext, it's easy to view and manipulate your task lists with other applications.

shiftyfish ,

LOVE this app

I've had TaskPaper for years and use it for brainstorming and organizing schedule-free projects. I don't use tags or the strikethrough completion feature. It's great for other use cases.

I would love numbered lists so I could cut and paste existing or new items and have the numbers automatically adjust. A messageboard thread from early 2019 indicated the feature was on the way. Is it here and I just don't know how to use it? If not, here's one more vote for numbered lists.

Developer Response ,

Hi. TaskPaper is able to open with the same projects that were open when you last quit. For more details please go to TaskPaper's support site (support.hogbaysoftware.com) and search for "How do I make TaskPaper restore open documents when it starts".

App Privacy

The developer, Jesse Grosjean, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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