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Notes - A tool for managing source code annotations

Notes is a tool for tracking source code annotations such as TODO or FIXME. A command-line interface searches files in a directory and prints annotations, while a web interface provides visualization and filtering tools.

Default annotations searched for are: TODO, FIXME, and OPTIMIZE. Custom annotations or directories to ignore (such as log directories) can be specified with command-line arguments, detailed further.


gem install notes-cli

This will install the notes executable on your system.

Using the web interface

Notes ships with a web interface for displaying and filtering annotations. It can be run as a standalone server, or mounted as a Rack endpoint within another application (e.g., a Rails app)

As a standalone server:

Once the gem is installed, you can start a server with the notes server command, run from the directory you wish to search in. The port can be customized with the -p flag (e.g. notes server -p 8000). The default port is 9292.

Mounted in a Rails application:

Notes can expose its web interface as part of a host application. First, add notes-cli as a dependency in your Gemfile and run bundle install. Next, add the following to config/routes.rb:

require 'notes-cli/web'

mount Notes::Web => '/notes'

Now, after starting a server normally, you can browse to '/notes' (or whichever URL you chose) in your application to access the web interface.

Using the CLI

Usage: notes [DIRECTORY=. | FILES=<...>] [-f FLAGS] [-e EXCLUDES]


-f, --flags    # List of custom annotations, ex: '-f broken refactor' (case insensitive)
-e, --exclude  # List of directories to ignore, ex: '-e tmp/ log/'
-h, --help     # Display the help menu


notes                 # Show default annotations for all files in current directory (default)
notes app/ -f broken  # Only examine files in the app/ directory and add the 'broken' flag
notes -e tmp/ log/    # Ignore any files in tmp/ or log/
notes one.rb two.rb   # Show default annotations for one.rb and two.rb

A sample run might look like the following:

$ notes src/ -f failing

  ln 2: # TODO: Condense this eventually
  ln 34: # OPTIMIZE: This can be prettier

  ln 72: # FAILING


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Make your changes (and add some tests!) and commit (git commit -am 'Add some feature').
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request


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