Visual summary of progress in projects and tasks for Emacs Org Mode
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org-dashboard - Visually summarize progress in org files

Org Dashboard provides a visual summary of progress on projects and tasks.

For example, if an org file (known by org-dashboard-files) contains the following:

* Project: Better Health
:CATEGORY: health

** Milestones
*** [66%] run 10 km/week
**** TODO learn proper warmup
**** DONE look for a jogging partner
**** DONE run 10 minutes on monday

* Project: Super Widget
:CATEGORY: widget

** Milestones
*** [1/6] release 0.1
**** DONE git import
**** TODO create github project
**** TODO add readme
**** TODO publish

Then M-x org-dashboard-display generates the following report and displays it in a new buffer:

health                run 10 km/week [||||||||||||||||||||||           ]  66%
widget                   0.1 release [||||||                           ]  18%

A dynamic block form is also supported. Writing the following in an org file and then running org-dblock-update, or placing the cursor on the first line of the block and then typing C-c C-c, will insert the same report shown above into the block:

#+BEGIN: block-dashboard


You can customize the following variables:

  • org-dashboard-files: list of files to search for progress entries; defaults to org-agenda-files
  • org-dashboard-show-category: whether to show or not the project category
  • org-dashboard-filter: a function that decides whether an entry should be displayed or not

For example, to avoid displaying entries that are finished (progress = 100), not started (progress = 0), or are tagged with "archive", use the following:

   (defun my/org-dashboard-filter (entry)
     (and (> (plist-get entry :progress-percent) 0)
          (< (plist-get entry :progress-percent) 100)
          (not (member "archive" (plist-get entry :tags)))))

   (setq org-dashboard-filter 'my/org-dashboard-filter)


Labels link back to the trees where they were found.

The color of the progress bar is (naively, for now) chosen based on the progress value, from dark red to bright green.

If not set per-tree through a property or per-file through a keyword, the category defaults to the file name without extension. To set category on a per-file basis, you can add the following at the bottom of the org file:


Related work

This module was inspired by Zach Peter's A Dashboard for your Life.


  • one feature or fix per pull request
  • provide an example of the problem it addresses
  • please adhere to the existing code style