Console UI to manage your todo.txt file(s).
Your console and graphical UI to manage your todo.txt file(s).
pter has a bunch of features that help you managing your todo.txt file:
- Fully compatible to the todo.txt standard
- Support for
- Save search queries for quick access
- Convenient entering of dates
- Configurable behaviour, shortcuts, and colors
- Time tracking
There is also a graphical user interface called qpter.
Install from PIP
To install pter you can either clone the repository (see at the end) or, much simpler, use pip to install it:
pip install pter
If you want to use the Qt GUI qpter, you have to install PyQt5 first::
pip install PyQt5 pip install pter
Clone from github
To go the long way and clone the repository from github, these are the steps to follow:
git clone https://github.com/vonshednob/pter.git cd pter pip install .
There is a man-page available, but
pip won’t install it by default (it
doesn’t know where to). If you want to, you can just copy it from
to your man-page folder (usually
To launch pter you have to tell it where your todo.txt file is:
This will give you a listing of all your tasks order by how soon they will be due and what priority you have given them.
You can navigate the tasks with your cursor keys and edit selected tasks by
More default shortcuts are:
e, edit the selected task
n, create a new task
d, mark the selected task as done (or toggle back to not done)
?, show all keyboard shortcuts
q, quit the program
There is a complex search available (have a look at the manual for details), but the short version is:
/to enter your search terms
- search for
done:nto only show incomplete tasks
- search for a context with
- search for a project with
- search for tasks that do not belong to a context with
Returnto return the focus to the task list
To launch the Qt GUI, you will also have to provide the location of your todo.txt file::
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