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.

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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 3.8.5

• Fixed tab titles to include focused project name (requres macOS 10.13 or later)
• Updated to Swift 5

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 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.

shiftyfish ,

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;

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 ( and search for "How do I make TaskPaper restore open documents when it starts".

PureJadeKid ,

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.


Jesse Grosjean
8.2 MB

OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2006 Jesse Grosjean


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