Make lists and get organized. TaskPaper is a plain text to-do list that’s surprisingly adept. Thoroughly modernized. TaskPaper 3.5 is all new, while still retaining the same plain text design that’s been getting things done since 2006.

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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

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What's New

Version 3.7.5

• Fixed problems styling and updating searchbar
• Fixed keyboard focus problem when closing searchbar
• Added warning that imported reminders are removed from
• Added warning when trying to work with without access granted


Previously in 3.7 TaskPaper improves how filtered items work in two ways:

1. Filtered items are only selected when a visible ancestor item is also selected.
2. Selected filtered items are indicated by a horizontal dotted line across the entire selection.

Also this release:

• Remembers and restores which outline items are expanded in sidebar
• Fixed crash when pasting text that contained non "\n" newline characters
• Fixed crash when option (to create copy) dragging items from one document to another
• Fixes bug where last line of edited text might not get auto-saved.
• Fixes copying of last item in a filtered view
• Fixes comparing against empty string ("") in search syntax
• Added TaskPaper > Recover License menu item to direct download version
• Fixes crash that could occure when placing cursor in empty line

Customer Reviews

Pretty great, couple of features would knock it out of the park


Longtime user recently bought back in with v3.

I wish I could set the app to open with the last active project(s). I’m using the same project most of the time so it’s a hassle to have to open it after launching the app.

In-app theme eiting would be awesome (select text, change size and color, etc).

I wish I had precise color options for the sidebar (match all editor styles?). Don’t know if this is possible, but the following is better than nothing:

sidebar {
appearance: NSAppearanceNameVibrantDark;

Conceptually simple, infinitely featureful


What an elegant, mature app! Its wonderful design, polished down to the very small details, hides tremendous complexity. All of this care and thoughtfulness results in a flexible, powerful application that lets you build your own system for tracking ideas and breaking them down into actionable tasks. I spent years using a text editor to create my own ad hoc (off-the-cuff) plain-text to-do system, but it slowly grew out of hand. The collapsible navigation pane and projects feature of TaskPaper allowed me to tame and reorganize my unruly, overgrown text file and put a lot more structure back into my work. Now I can see where I am and where I am going. And I can jump around and drill down on small parts of the overall project a lot more easily, working non-linearly, without worrying that I will forget any details. And the whole time, I have a non-proprietary text file that can be synced with Dropbox and can easily be manipulated and processed with many community-provided tools. TaskPaper sets a high bar for software quality and design on all fronts. Kudos Jesse.

Elegant and powerful ...


There’s no question that TaskPaper is the most clean-lined and elegant task management solution on the Mac … but the cool and surprising thing is, it’s also the most powerful. The app’s scripting and theming options give it a level of flexibility and customization that no other tastk manager can match, and the plain-text file format means that your data can also be accessed by a viarity of other programs. I can do as much or little of that customization as I like, depending on my needs, but the real beauty here is that the underlying fundamentals are so fast and unobtrusive. Listing and managing tasks becomes a quick and integral part of my overall process, rather than an end in itself.

It does take a bit of a paradigm shift to think of task management that doesn’t involve filling in forms and checking endless boxes, but moving past all that quickly becomes a real breath of fresh air, and a far better way of actually getting things accomplished. And to top it off, the develiper is extraordinarily responsive and helpful.


Jesse Grosjean
7.8 MB
English, French, German, Portuguese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2006 Jesse Grosjean


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