An opinionated todo-list plugin for Sublime Text editor (version 2 and 3)
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icons Editing todo.ico to correct displays in Windows Oct 14, 2012
messages Fix #284 (remove mouse interaction) Aug 5, 2016
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Indentation.tmPreferences Improve indentation rules Jul 12, 2013
Main.sublime-menu cancelled tasks Oct 27, 2012
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PlainTasks.sublime-completions Fix #198 [Add due tag & ReplaceShortDate command for it] Dec 27, 2014
PlainTasks.sublime-syntax Added new sublime-syntax for ST3 May 12, 2016
PlainTasks.tmLanguage Fix #250 Fix #251 Oct 10, 2015 Fix #276 (dynamic highlighting for due tags) Aug 26, 2016 Fix #255 (get css from tmtheme on html convert) Apr 29, 2016 Fix #276 (dynamic highlighting for due tags) Aug 26, 2016
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TODO.todo Fix HTML export May 18, 2015
messages.json Add install message Jul 13, 2013 Fix #255 (get css from tmtheme on html convert) Apr 29, 2016
separator.sublime-snippet adding separator snippet Sep 5, 2012
tasks-dark.hidden-tmTheme Less contrast current line Apr 1, 2016
tasks-eighties-colored.hidden-tmTheme Fix #88 (support enclosed <uri shemes>) & include bold, italic into p… Apr 22, 2015
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An opinionated todo-list plugin for Sublime Text (2 & 3) editor


To install this plugin, you have two options:

  1. If you have Package Control installed, simply search for PlainTasks to install.

  2. Clone source code to Sublime Text packages folder.

Start a new todo-list

Bring up the command palette (it’s ⌘ + shift + p in OS X and ctrl + shift + p in Windows) and type task and select Tasks: New document command.

NOTE: Save your todo files with todo, todolist, tasks or taskpaper file extensions or just name them TODO with no extension. For more portability you can use todolist.txt either as a filename or as suffix for any arbitrary filename.


NOTE: In Windows or Linux use ctrl instead of

⌘ + enter or ⌘ + i: new task

⌘ + d: toggle task as completed.

ctrl + c: toggle task as cancelled on Mac. alt + c on Windows/Linux.

⌘ + shift + a will archive the done tasks, by removing them from your list and appending them to the bottom of the file under Archive project

⌘ + shift + o will archive in Org-Mode style, removing the entire subtree after cursor and appending it to new file next to original one, e.g. if original is filename.TODO then new would be filename_archive.TODO

⌘ + shift + u will open the url under the cursor in your default browser, other than http(s) schemes must be enclosed within <>, e.g. <skype:nickname>

☐ Anything with colon at the end of the line is a project title, you can also nest projects by indenting them.

☐ You can write plain text as notes or descriptions wherever you want. Use _ or * for italic and bold just like in Markdown.

☐ You can add tags using @ sign

☐ PlainTasks comes with a simple snippet for creating separators, if you feel that your task list is becoming too long you can split it into several sections (and fold some of them) using this snippet:

-- and then tab will give you this: --- ✄ -----------------------

☐ Completion rules (ctrl+space or alt+/ to see list of them):

  • type t, press tab — it’ll become @today — this one is highlighted differently than other tags;
  • c, tab — @critical;
  • h, tab — @high;
  • l, tab — @low;
  • s, tab — @started — press tab again and current date will be inserted, when you’ll complete or cancel a task with such tag, you’ll know how many time has passed since start;
  • tg, tab, tab work in the same manner as s, but inserts @toggle(current date) — so you can pause and resume to get more correct result when done/cancel; each toggle tag is either pause or resume depending on its place in sequence;
  • cr, tab, tab — @created(current date) (⌘ + shift + enter creates a new task with this tag);
  • d, tab — @due( )
    If you press tab again, it’ll insert current date, same for @due( 0).
    You can type short date (similar to OrgMode’s date prompt, but not the same) and then press tab to expand it into default format.
    Short date should be @due(year-month-day hour:minute)
    Dot can be used instead of hyphen, but should be consistent

    • year, month, minute, hour can be omitted:

      Notation Meaning
      @due(1) 1st day of next month always
      @due(5) 5th day of current month (or next month if current day is 5th or older)
      @due(2-3) February 3rd of current year or next one
      @due(31 23:) 31st day of current/next month at 23 hours and minutes are equal to current moment
      @due(16.1.1 1:1) January 1st of 2016 at 01:01 @due(16-01-01 01:01)

    • relative period of time starts with a plus sign or two
      +[+][number][DdWw][h:m] — number is optional as well as letter d for days or letter w for weeks.

      Notation Meaning
      @due(+) tomorrow as well as @due( +1) or @due( +1d)
      @due(+w) one week since current date, i.e. @due( +7)
      @due(+3w) 3 weeks since current date, i.e. @due( +21d)
      @due(++) one day since @created(date) if any, otherwise it is equal to @due(+)
      @due(+2:) two hours since current date
      @due(+:555) 555 minutes since current date
      @due(+2 12:) 2 days and 12 hours since current date

☐ You can create a link to a file within your project by prefixing the file name with a dot and (back)slash like: .\filename\ or ./another filename/.
The line and column can be specified by colons: .\filename:11:8.
In SublimeText 3 you can specify a symbol inside that file by using > character like: .\filename>symbol.
In SublimeText 2 you can specify a text inside that file by using inch characters like: .\filename"any text".
Pressing ctrl + o (alt + o on Windows/Linux) will open the file in Sublime and scroll to specific position if any.
Also in SublimeText 3 link may point to directory, open such link will add the directory to current project (sidebar).
In addition, Markdown and “wiki” (Org-Mode, NV, etc.) styles are supported as well, examples:

[](path ":11:8")
[](path ">symbol")
[](path "any text")
[[path::any text]]
[[path]] ":11:8"
[[path]] ">symbol"
[[path]] "any text"

☐ To convert current document to HTML, bring up the command palette ⌘ + shift + p and type Tasks: View as HTML — it will be opened in default webbrowser, so you can view and save it.
Tasks: Save as HTML… ask if you want to save and if yes, allow to choose directory and filename (but won’t open it in webbrowser).

Editor Useful Tools:

☐ Use ⌘ + control + up/down (ctrl + shift + up/down on Windows) to move tasks up and down.

☐ Use ⌘ + r to see a list of projects and quickly jump between them

★ See the Tutorial for more detailed information.


PlainTasks is an opinionated plugin, which means that it is highly configured to look in a specific way, but this does not mean that you can not customize it. If you feel that something does not look right and you want to change it, you can easily do it in your user settings file.

Go to Preferences → Package Settings → PlainTasks and open Settings - User, there you can override all the default settings, to get an idea you can take a look at Settings - Default.

Here is a list of PlainTasks’ specific settings:

Setting Default Options/Description
open_tasks_bullet - [ ]
done_tasks_bullet + [x]
cancelled_tasks_bullet x [-]
date_format (%y-%m-%d %H:%M) See for quick reference; detailed documentation: ST2, ST3
done_tag true Determines whether done tasks should gain a @done tag or not
before_tasks_bullet_margin 1 Determines the number of spaces (default indent) before the task bullet
project_tag true Postfix archived task with project tag, otherwise prefix
archive_name Archive: Make sure it is the unique project name within your todo files
new_on_top true How to sort archived tasks (done_tag=true and default date_format are required)
header_to_task false If true, a project title line will be converted to a task on the certain keystroke
decimal_minutes false If true, minutes in lasted/wasted tags will be percent of hour, e.g. 1.50 instead of 1:30
tasks_bullet_space whitespace or tab String to place after bullet, might be any character(s)
highlight_past_due true If true, highlight past, soon, and invalid @due(something)
highlight_due_soon 24 Hours as int, threshold to define which @due will be soon
scope_past_due string.other.tag.todo.critical Any scope, define color for past @due
scope_due_soon string.other.tag.todo.high Any scope, define color for @due will be soon
scope_misformatted string.other.tag.todo.low Any scope, define color for @due mismatch date_format

Changing color scheme

If you don't like colors used in bundled schemes just copy any .hidden-tmTheme from PlainTasks to your User directory, change colors and paste the code below in your user settings file:

{ "color_scheme": "Path to your custom color scheme file. e.g. Packages/User/custom_plaintasks.hidden-tmTheme" }

N.B., sometimes you have to restart Sublime Text to apply changes made in tmTheme file.

N.B., scope_past_due, scope_due_soon, and scope_misformatted settings can assign any scopes defined in tmTheme file, e.g. you can set "scope_past_due": "my.own.super.expired.whatever" and then just add style definition in tmTheme for this scope.

Taskpaper Compatibility

If you need to keep your files compatible with Taskpaper, go to Preferences → Package Settings → PlainTasks and open Settings - User, then add these settings to the json file:

  "translate_tabs_to_spaces": false,
  "date_format": "(%y-%m-%d)",
  "taskpaper_compatible": true

Spell check

It is build-in feature of Sublime, you can toggle spell check with F6.
For convinience, you may add bullets in list of ignored words into Preferences → Settings - User, e.g.

  "ignored_words": [ "", "", "", "" ]

[BONUS] Custom todo icon

PlainTasks comes with a custom todo icon that you can find in the icons folder. You can assign it to your todo files to give them a better look and distinguish them from other plain text files. Google and find out how to assign a custom icon to a file type in your operating system.

[BONUS] Custom Statistics

Statistics of current file are represented in status-bar, based on stats_format, which is "$n/$a done ($percent%) $progress Last task @done $last" by default — as you can see it’s just a string containing special directives (see table bellow) and regular chars.

Directive Description
$o Amount of pending tasks
$d Amount of completed tasks
$c Amount of cancelled tasks
$n Sum of completed and cancelled tasks
$a Sum of all tasks
$percent Ratio of $n to $a
$progress Percent as pseudo graphics (absents if less than 10%)
$last Date of lastly completed task
{{...}} Return pending/completed/cancelled tasks which matched by regex ...;
e.g. {{@tag}} — amounts of tasks with @tag; or {{@a|@b}} — tasks with either @a or @b or both.
You may add several {{...}} to get separate stats for different tags.

So you can customise it as you like, by adding to Settings - User, e.g.

    "stats_format": "☐$o ✔$d ✘$c",

    // if you want the statistics do not include the archived tasks:
    "stats_ignore_archive": true

Copy statistics

Bring up the command palette and type Tasks: Copy Statistics.

Additional settings for progress bar

    "bar_full": "■",   // any char
    "bar_empty": "☐", // any char

    // if you want to avoid Unicode when copy stats — you can define replacements
    // e.g. to convert ■■■■■■☐☐☐☐ to [======    ]
    "replace_stats_chars": [[" ■", " [="], ["■", "="], ["☐ ", " ] "], ["☐", " "]]

Introduction to PlainTasks Screencast

PlainTasks for other editors

NOTE: These are separate projects, maintained by some awesome developers other than us.


You can contribute on github



Copyright 2012-2013 Allen Bargi. Licensed under the MIT License