SwiftoDo Desktop is a minimalist, keyboard-driven to-do manager for Mac OS X that conforms to the todo.txt format spec.

General features

- Full compliance with the todo.txt format spec.
- Support for due date (due:), threshold date (t:), recurring tasks (rec:), and hidden (h:1) tags.
- Fully keyboard-driven, with one-key bindings for commonly-used commands.
- Sorting, filtering, and full-text searching.
- Multiple selection in the task list.
- Archive completed tasks (to done.txt), either on command or automatically.
- Preserves Windows or Unix line endings in the todo.txt file for cross-platform compatibility.
- Undo/redo support.
- Copy/paste functionality for task list.
- Dark mode support for MacOS Mojave.


## A task list that *you* control

Your task list is a plain text file, not some proprietary format owned by a company or locked to a specific application.

## A simple and timeless format

Plain text is the simplest file format there is. It will always be accessible, by some kind of application, forever.

## Few rules to learn

Learn only a few simple formatting rules (which SwiftoDo will take care of for you) to indicate task priority, task completion, and so on.

## A GTD-ready system

The todo.txt format was built with Getting Things Done in mind. It supports projects (which begin with a “+”) and contexts (which begin with a “@“).

## Use alongside any app on any platform

This app plays nicely with file sync software. It saves changes instantly, and reloads the file when changes are detected from external sources.

What’s New

Version 4.3.2


- Added ability to open files with .todo, .todotxt, .md, and .markdown extensions. Note that there is no special Markdown syntax support. Additional file extension support is just for convenience, as the iOS version of the app allows you to open files with non .txt extensions.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

KevinWL ,

Great little GUI for todo.txt conferment to do list

This is a great little GUI for todo.txt conferment to do list. I like the line through for done tasks and the colors for projects.

Paddler Joe ,

Let's Go Back To Drawing Board

The only explanation I can come up with is the included Help / Instruction file included with SwifttoDo was cut-n-pasted from a different app? Even when you do figure out a function, you ask yourself if it were worth the effort.
Putting all this aside, I think the developer needs to pass out a dozen or so free copies of app to friends and ask them to road test it and return comments. I feel the intentions for development are good, but we must recall that the developer is his/she worst editor and reviewer.
Try again!! Since I've bought it, I'll return for another test drive.

rhonda628978 ,

The Screenshots make it look great

the Screenshots make it look great. But trying to figure out how to get it to work that way is a different story. It is complicated and not for someone who isnt a coder.... add a task and it doesnt show up.... add a project and cant get anything to add to the prject... Dont waste your money....

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback.

SwiftoDo Desktop does presuppose that the user has a working knowledge of the todo.txt format. It can be used to manage a todo.txt file rather simply, but it also has power-user features like saved sort and filter presets. I would recommend searching for the todo.txt format spec to get a better idea of how it works.

Based on your comments, it seems like you expected the application to work differently than it does. The app works kind of like a text editor, in that it will display all the lines in whatever todo.txt file (a plain text file) is open. In a todo.txt file, each line is a task, and projects and contexts are just words within those lines/tasks that start with a "+" or an "@", respectively. When you add tasks via the app, they should appear immediately in the tasklist. If you are not seeing tasks that you have entered, then you may have enabled a filter that is hiding them. Try to clear the filter via the "Clear Filter" option in the sidebar (or just press the zero key).

Please email with your questions, and I will see if I can help you out.

App Privacy

The developer, Michael Descy, 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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