Terminal Kanban App written in Python
A Terminal Kanban Application written in Python to boost your productivity :rocket:
Welcome to kanban-python, your Terminal Kanban-Board Manager.
The clikan Kanban App inspired me to write my own Terminal Kanban Application since I preferred a more simple and guided workflow.
kanban-python also comes with more features, like custom column creation, automatic scanning and customizable config file to support you being productive.
This package was developed with pyscaffold, which provides awesome project templates and takes over much of the boilerplate for python packaging. It was a great help for developing my first package and I can highly recommend it.
Colorful and Interactive
- kanban-python uses rich under the hood to process user input and display nice looking kanban-boards to the terminal.
- Each task has a unique
IDper board and also has an optional
Due Dateassociated with it, which are displayed alongside its
Following the XDG basedir convention
- kanban-python utilizes platformdirs
user_config_dirto save the config file and
user_data_dirfor the board specific task files. After creating your first board, you can use
kanban configureto show the current settings table. The config path in the table caption and the path for the task files can be found in the kanban_boards section.
Scanning of Files for automatic Task Creation
- kanban-python can scan files of defined types for specific patterns at start of line. Check Automatic Task Creation for more Infos.
pykanban.inifile gets created on first initialization in a
kanban-pythonfolder in your
user_config_dir-Directory. This can be edited manually or within the kanban-python application. It tracks the location for all your created boards.
Active_Board: current board that is shown when using
Done_Limit: If the amount of tasks exceed this number in the Done column, the first task of that column gets its status updated to Archived and is moved into that column. (default:
Column_Min_Width: Sets the minimum width of columns. (default:
Show_Footer: Shows the table footer with package name and version. (default:
Files: Space seperated filetypes to search for patterns to create tasks. (default:
Patterns: Comma seperated patterns to search for start of line to create tasks.
# TODO,#TODO,# BUG)
Task Storage File for each Board
- Each created board comes with its own name and
pykanban.jsonfile, which stores all tasks for that board. The files are stored in board specific folders under
$USER_DATA_DIR/kanban-python/kanban_boards/<BOARDNAME>. When changing Boards you also get an overview over tasks in visible columns for each board and the most urgent or overdue task on that board.
- kanban-python comes with 5 pre-defined colored columns: [Ready, Doing, Done, Archived, Deleted]
More column can be added manually in the
pykanban.ini, the visibility can be configured in the settings with
Time Tracking of Task duration in Doing
- For each task it is tracked, how long it was in the Doing column, based on the moments when you update the task status. The initial Task structure on creation looks as follows:
Report Creation for completed Tasks
- When you use kanban report a github-like contribution map is displayed for the current year, Also a markdown file is created with all tasks comleted based on the moment, when the tasks were moved to Done Column.
You can install kanban-python with:
python -m pip install kanban-python
or using pipx:
pipx install kanban-python
After Installation of kanban-python, there are 5 commands available:
Create new Boards
Is used to create a new kanban board i.e. it asks for a name and then creates a
pykanban.json file with a Welcome Task.
On first use of any command, the
pykanban.ini configfile and the
kanban-python folder will be created automatically.
Interact with Tasks/Boards
This is your main command to interact with your boards and tasks. It also gives the option to show the current settings and adjust them.
Adjusting the settings can also be done directly by using the command
Ctrl-D to exit the application at any time. :warning: If you exit in the middle of creating/updating a task,
or changing settings, your progress wont be saved.
Automatic Task Creation
After executing this command, kanban-python scans your current Directory recursively for the defined filetypes and searches for lines that start with the pattern provided.
After confirmation to add the found tasks to table they will be added to the board. The alphanumeric Part of the Pattern will be used as tag. The filepath were the task was found will be added as description of the task.
Goes over all your Boards and creates a single markdown file by checking the
Completion Dates of your tasks.
Also shows a nice github-like contribution table for the current year.
To create a new custom Columns, you have to edit the
pykanban.ini manually and add a new column name + visibility status
settings.columns.visible section. The other options are all customizable now via the new settings menu.
Feedback and Issues
Feel free to reach out and share your feedback, or open an Issue, if something doesnt work as expected. Also check the Changelog for new updates.
With release v0.3.0 kanban-python switched to the XDG Basedir Spec. So some file migrations and config edits might be
needed to continue working with your already created boards if you update from
This project has been set up using PyScaffold 4.5. For details and usage information on PyScaffold see https://pyscaffold.org/.
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