pypi i td-cli


A todo command line todo manager ✔️

by Darri Steinn Konráðsson

2.0.3 (see all)License:MIT
pypi i td-cli



td-cli is a command line todo manager,
where you can organize and manage your todos across multiple projects



td-cli only works for python 3, so it needs to be installed with pip3

pip3 install td-cli

Getting started

Run td --help to see possible commands.

Here are some to get you started:

  • Run td to list all your todos.

  • Run td add "my new awesome todo" to add a new todo.

  • Run td <id> complete to complete your todo. You don't have to specify the whole id, a substring will do. It'll fetch the first one that it finds in the same order as when you list your todos.

Note that global is a preserved group name where you can list all your global groups. You can always set it as the default with:

td group global preset


Check out the api.


The location of your todos and your configuration will depend on these environment variables (in this order):

  1. TD_CLI_HOME: determines where your todo.db and todo.cfg file will live
  2. XDG_CONFIG_HOME: a fallback if $TD_CLI_HOME is not set
  3. HOME: a fallback if $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is not set. If $HOME is used; all files will be transformed to a dotfile, i.e.~/.todo.db and ~/.todo.cfg.

Database name

Your database instance will be located in in the before-mentioned configuration directory. By default the database will be named todo.

You can change your database name by specifying database_name in your $TD_CLI_HOME/.todo.cfg file:

database_name: something_else

This results in a database instance at $TD_CLI_HOME/.something_else.db


You can specify your preferred format of your todo's details via the format config keyword:

format: md

This would result in the .md (Markdown) file extension when editing a todo. This allows you to use the power of your editor to e.g. syntax highlight the details, and etc.


When editing a todo, td <id> edit, you can both specify the todo's name and the todo's details via options (see td <id> edit --help). If no option is specified, your todo will be opened in vi by default (your environement EDITOR will override this) where you can edit the todo's details. You can change the default editor by updating your config:

editor: nvim


When listing todos, you have the option of specifying what group to list from:

td -g my-group
# or
td g my-group

If no group is provided, td will list from the current default group. You can globally set the default group with:

td g my-group preset

However, there's an option to set the default group per git project (this is not possible from the root config $TD_CLI_HOME/.todo.cfg). In any root of your projects, you can create a .td.cfg config file to specify what group to default on (this will override the global default group):

group: my-group

If you run td within your git project, td will default to my-group.

I recommend globally ignoring .td.cfg in ~/.gitignore.

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