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Python bindings for your taskwarrior database

Project description

This is a python API for the taskwarrior command line tool.

It contains two implementations: taskw.TaskWarriorShellout and taskw.TaskWarriorDirect. The first implementation is the supported one recommended by the upstream taskwarrior core project. It uses the task export and task import commands to manipulate the task database. The second implementation opens the task db file itself and directly manipulates it. It exists for backwards compatibility, but should only be used when necessary.

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Getting taskw


Using taskw requires that you first install taskwarrior.

Installing it from is easy with pip:

$ pip install taskw

The Source

You can find the source on github at


Looking at tasks

>>> from taskw import TaskWarrior
>>> w = TaskWarrior()
>>> tasks = w.load_tasks()
>>> tasks.keys()
['completed', 'pending']
>>> type(tasks['pending'])
<type 'list'>
>>> type(tasks['pending'][0])
<type 'dict'>

Adding tasks

>>> from taskw import TaskWarrior
>>> w = TaskWarrior()
>>> w.task_add("Eat food")
>>> w.task_add("Take a nap", priority="H", project="life", due="1359090000")

Retrieving tasks

>>> from taskw import TaskWarrior
>>> w = TaskWarrior()
>>> w.get_task(id=5)

Updating tasks

>>> from taskw import TaskWarrior
>>> w = TaskWarrior()
>>> id, task = w.get_task(id=14)
>>> task['project'] = 'Updated project name'
>>> w.task_update(task)

Deleting tasks

>>> from taskw import TaskWarrior
>>> w = TaskWarrior()
>>> w.task_delete(id=3)

Completing tasks

>>> from taskw import TaskWarrior
>>> w = TaskWarrior()
>>> w.task_done(id=46)

Being Flexible

You can point taskw at different taskwarrior databases.

>>> from taskw import TaskWarrior
>>> w = TaskWarrior(config_filename="~/some_project/.taskrc")
>>> w.task_add("Use 'taskw'.")

Looking at the config

>>> from taskw import TaskWarrior
>>> w = TaskWarrior()
>>> config = w.load_config()
>>> config['data']['location']
>>> config['_forcecolor']

Using Python-appropriate Types (Dates, UUIDs, etc)

>>> from taskw import TaskWarrior
>>> w = TaskWarrior(marshal=True)
>>> w.get_task(id=10)
  'description': 'Hello there!',
  'entry': datetime.datetime(2014, 3, 14, 14, 18, 40, tzinfo=tzutc())
  'id': 10,
  'project': 'Saying Hello',
  'status': 'pending',
  'uuid': UUID('4882751a-3966-4439-9675-948b1152895c')

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