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Banco Management System, or simply Banco, is an opinionated project management tool for the command line that helps you organize notes, tasks, bookmarks and documents for your projects.

Banco objects (notes, tasks, bookmarks, etc) are stored in the filesystem, implemented as plain text files and folders within the root of the project, so you won't need to install or run any database or server. This enables you to easily create archives and backups, move projects around the filesystem, use command line tools, or keep track of changes by using version control.

The name "Banco" is a tribute to Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, the best italian progressive rock band of all times.


You can install Banco with Go:

go get

or by downloading the latest binary release.


Banco needs almost no configuration to get started. You only need to make sure that the following environment variables are set:

  • $FILEMANAGER (this is optional, see the "documents" module section)

Banco will use the first to open plain text files (notes, tasks), and the second for the bookmarks.

Modules' configuration can be defined in a YAML text file which will be read by banco in the following two locations:

  • $HOME/config/banco.yml
  • . (current directory)

Refer to each module's section for the available configuration.


Banco's features are built as modules, there are modules available for management of:

  • documents
  • bookmarks
  • notes
  • tasks

and, soon, secrets.

A typical Banco project looks like this on the filesystem:

16:14:25 /tmp/banco-test
$ tree -QA
├── "bookmarks"
│   ├── "AWS"
│   │   └── "instances"
│   └── "github page"
├── "documents"
├── "notes"
│   ├── "My First Note"
│   └── "ideas"
│       ├── "discarded"
│       │   └── "code repositories"
│       └── "secrets management"
└── "tasks"
    ├── "backlog"
    │   └── "Write README"
    ├── "doing"
    │   └── "Take screenshots"
    └── "done"
        └── "Implement modules"

10 directories, 8 files

The above, in Banco, is rendered like this:








Notes are just plain text files stored in the notes folder. If you set a label for the note, it will be implemented as a subfolder of the notes folder. When opening a note with banco, the $EDITOR value will be used to open the file.


There are two ways to represent a task: a plain text file, or a folder of files. "Tasks" module has no concept of labels, instead it uses "statuses". First-level subfolders will be considered statuses of the tasks. When you create a new task, you will be asked which one you want to create it into. By default, Banco creates backlog, doing, done. When opening a task with Banco, the $EDITOR value will be used to open the file (or the folder).

Tasks module supports the following configuration properties:

  • title

Example configuration:

    title: "$id -"

Refer to the "Configuration variables" section below for a list of available variables.


Just like notes, bookmarks are plain text files whose content is an URL. You can group bookmarks by labels. When opening a bookmark with banco, the $BROWSER value, if set, is used to open the URL. Optionally, you can set the browser command and arguments in the configuration file.

Configuration file keys (optional)

Key Type Description
browser Object See below
browser.cmd String Program name to use for opening bookmarks. It overrides $BROWSER environment variable
browser.args List of Strings Program arguments


        cmd: firefox
        args: ["-p", "work"]


Everything which cannot be organized as a note, task or bookmark is a document. When opening a document with Banco, the xdg-open program will be used to open the file.

Note since documents module is at an early stage and might be result in poor user experience, you might want to use your favorite file manager instead. To let banco use an external file manager, just set the $FILEMANAGER environment variable.

Get started

After installing Banco, create an empty folder, enter it, then run banco init:

mkdir my-project
cd my-project
banco init

Banco will create the folder structure, and you will be ready to get started.

Command line interface

Banco uses a consistent command line interface. From the command line interface you can create, open, update, list and delete objects:

banco [command] [module]

For example:

  • Create a new note

    banco new note

    You will be able to enter the title of the note and, optionally, a label. If the label doesn't exist, you can create it from there:


  • Update a task

    banco update task

    After choosing the task you want to update, you will be able to update its attributes:


Available commands:

Command Argument Description
init Initializes a new Banco project
init-config Initializes a configuration directory inside the current Banco project
modules List available modules
notes Shows the root of the notes module. After choosing a note, you can choose what to do with it: open, update, delete
tasks Shows the root of the tasks module. After choosing a task, you can choose what to do with it: open, update, delete
bookmarks Shows the root of the bookmarks module. After choosing a bookmark, you can choose what to do with it: open, update, delete
documents Shows the root of the documents module. After choosing a document, you can choose what to do with it: open, update, delete
new [module] Shows the "create" view for the module
update [module] Shows the "update" view for the module
list [module] Lists modules' items
delete [module] Shows the "delete" view for the module
open [module] Shows the "open" view for the module
update [module] Shows the "update" view for the module
help Prints a summary of available commands

Configuration variables

Name Value
$id Replaced with the incremental number of the item to be created
$timestamp Replaced with the number seconds from epoch


Banco is created by Claudio d'Angelis.


📁 A project management tool for the command line







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