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Synchronize todo lists, supports Emacs Org Mode and Asana.

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Author:Trevor Murphy

This command line tool updates your Org mode agenda files to match your personal Asana workspace:

$ todo-sync org /path/to/init/file.el asana $ASANA_PERSONAL_ACCESS_TOKEN

or updates your Asana workspace to match your Org agenda files:

$ todo-sync asana $ASANA_PERSONAL_ACCESS_TOKEN org /path/to/init/file.el

Use the -n flag for a dry run.


Python 3.6

Probably not a hard requirement, I just haven’t tested the tool with any earlier versions.

  • asana
  • pexpect
Emacs 25.1

Also probably not a hard requirement, I just haven’t tested with any earlier versions.

  • A version of Org from
    • I say this because, at least on my distribution, the Org Mode bundled with Emacs does not include the function org-element-insert-before, even though that function has been in the Org source code for three years.
    • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
A personal Asana account
This tool may work with other types of accounts, I just haven’t tested it yet.


Install Python Tools

Just use pip!

$ pip install todo-sync

Install Emacs Tools


Install Org from

Todo-Sync’s Library

Install ts-org-interaction.el from this repo to your personal site lisp.

$ cd /path/to/your/site/lisp
$ curl -O

(Optional) Create a Minimal Init File

If you don’t do this, you’ll have to point the tool at your main init file, which just might invoke complicated code that could hang the tool’s Emacs subprocess in difficult-to-debug ways.

Here’s a template that should get you going:

;;; we need the downloaded version of Org
(push "/path/to/downloaded/org" load-path)

;;; we need the downloaded ts-org-interaction library
(push "/path/to/your/site/lisp" load-path)

;;; and we need to set Org agenda files
(defvar org-directory "/path/for/relative/filename/expansion")
(defvar org-agenda-files '("relative/path/to/first/file"

Get your Asana Token

Follow this link to your Account Settings dialog or click your picture in the Asana application and navigate to the “My Profile Settings” link, where you can find the “Apps” tab. At the bottom of this tab there is a “Manage Developer Apps” link.

Follow the steps to “Create New Personal Access Token” and save it someplace secure where the command line tool can find it.


Distributed under the terms of the GPLv3 license.

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