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TaskWarrior's interactive terminal frontend

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TWC - TaskWarrior Controller (previously TaskWarrior Curses) is interactive terminal frontend for task and TODO manager - TaskWarrior.

For full documentation please refer to the User Manual.


  • agendas - display several filters on a single screen simultaneously (influenced by org-mode)
  • create, modify, delete, annotate tasks
  • autocomplete and tab-complete writing task descriptions, annotations, tags etc.
  • task formatting (with HTML-like markup)
  • tasks and sub-tasks grouping (influenced by taskwiki)
  • synchronize tasks with task server
  • status line showing arbitrary informations
  • styling
  • configurable key bindings
  • search and incremental search of tasks
  • search can be case-sensitive, case-insensitive or smart-case (case sensitivite only when there are upper case characters in searched term)


TWC works with a concept of “agendas” influenced and borrowed from the mighty org-mode. Agenda is basically a view of several TaskWarrior filters (called blocks) displayed on a single screen simultaneously. You can jump between blocks and single tasks.

To add agenda, first create a configuration file inside ~/.config/twc/ It is a regular Python file with exposed variable c which references a configuration object. You can add new blocks like that:

    agenda='My Agenda',
    title='Next Tasks',

    agenda='My Agenda',
    filter='-WAITING and (+BLOCKING or +BLOCKED) and -INSTANCE',
    format='* {description}<info>{tags}</info>')

Style and colors

TWC can be styled in any way you want. To change its colors use c.set_style():

c.set_style('highlight', 'bg:ansiblue bold')
c.set_style('error', 'fg:white bg:red')

Style examples:

  • fg:white (white foreground, named color)
  • bg:#000000 (black background, hexadecimal notation)
  • bold italic underline blink reverse hidden (supported style flags)

Any style name can be used in task formatting. Some interface elements however use specific style names.

Task Format

Block’s format (format) is a mix of Python’s string format and HTML-like markup.

You can use any TaskWarrior’s attribute name as format’s placeholder and it will be displayed if present.

*<sr left=" ["> right="] ">{id}</sr>{description}

Some additional markup can be added to the tasks. The following tags are available:

  • <sr left="[", right="]>text</sr>: surrounds text with left and right.
  • <ind value="A">text</ind>: if there is any text inside a tag, it will be replaced with value. It’s particularily useful for indicating that some task’s property is present, without displaying it (like long list of annotations): <sr left="[" right="]"><ind value="A">{annotations}</ind></sr>

Key bindings

By default you can navigate with arrows or vim-style j and k. Exit TWC with q.

You can bind and unbind keys with c.bind(key, command) and c.unbind(key). Refer to User Manual for a list of commands and other default key bindings.

Status line

Bottom status line can display arbitrary informations and is configurable by two variables: statusleft and statusright. They describe format similar to the one described in Task Format The main difference is that task attributes are referenced by {task.<attribute>} placeholder and that there additional placeholders available.

c.set('statusleft', '{COMMAND} {}')
c.set('statusright', '<ind value=A>{task.annotations}</ind>')

Status line placeholders also include: taskrc, command, COMMAND, agenda.pos, agenda.size, agenda.ppos.


First, make sure that TaskWarrior is installed on your system. TaskWarrior is packaged for most of Linux distributions. Please refer to TaskWarrior’s documentation for details.

TWC is distributed via pypi. You can install it with pip:

$ pip3 install --user twc

or with pip wrapper like pipsi:

$ pipsi install --python python3 twc

TWC reads your taskrc. It’ll use the default one, which is usually located in ~/.taskrc, but you can change it with -t switch:

$ twc -t ~/dotfiles/my_taskrc


TWC works on Termux, although there’s currently a bug in tzlocal - a library indirectly used by TWC to get local timezone information.

Before running TWC on Termux you have to export the following environment variable:

export TZ=$(getprop persist.sys.timezone)

Termux emulates scroll events as key presses. You can bind them for easier navigation:

c.bind('right', 'next-agenda')
c.bind('left', 'prev-agenda')


TWC was created by Michał Góral.

TWC is free software, published under the terms of GNU GPL3 or any later version. See LICENSE file for details.

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