I am looking for a handy (offline) tool to manage todo-notes and lists on linux. As a necessary requirement it should be possible to assign tags and sort, filter and search for tags. It should support web-links.

Nice to have (but not neccessary):

  • mark progress of the item
  • mark importance
  • have a calendar to easily insert dates for deadlines for example
  • some rudimentary versioning control system for the lists
  • should be able to handle images or even video embeddings
  • tables
  • support for math-formulas
  • should be keyboard friendly

Any suggestions?

I do not have any restricion whether is has to have a GUI or not, it may something which runs in a browser, it may have an ordinary GUI, or just an ncurses interface, it's important that it's handy. But there is one restriction: It should not be an applet which works only together with gnome-panel or something like that (I don't use a panel or tray bar).

  • remind is the best command-line calendar application for Linux that I know of (and use). It uses a plain text file calendar format, with a rather powerful albeit domain-specific scripting language that can express very complex rules for recurring events. It is mostly calendar and not so much todo list manager, but as a calendar it's hard to beat.
    – jw013
    Sep 4, 2012 at 21:03

3 Answers 3


You should definitely take a look at taskwarrior! Visit the tutorial to learn about its capabilities.

  • Thank you for the tip. I like such command line tools and I didn't knew it.
    – wolf
    Sep 4, 2012 at 21:32
  • I tried a lot, devtodo is my favorite. It allows me to have separated todo lists for every project.
    – MGP
    Mar 21, 2013 at 18:45

You can try with Getting Things GNOME (abbreviated GTG). It supports tagging tasks with multiple tags and allows you to run queries based on tags.

For example, !not @money !not @1 will show tasks that aren't money related or have an high priority.

I use the @1 tag for high-priority tasks, @2 for medium-priority tasks and @3 for low-priority tasks, but you are free to choose a different tagging system for priority.

GTG has a build in calendar for selecting start/due dates.

At the moment you cannot insert tables, images, videos or math formulas, but links are automatically created when you insert one.

At the end of this month a new version of GTG will be released, but I suggest you to try the current version (0.2.9) which is already really good (at least for me).


You should look into Zim Desktop Wiki and TagSpaces. Both support Linux and provide tagging.

I used Zim since a few years, it is very keyboard friendly (you can type markup and it will beautify on-the-fly, and there are lots of shortcuts, I never use the toolbars), and it supports all the other optional items you cited, except video embedding (you can attach videos to a note, or any other filetype, but it won't be embedded visually, you will have to click on it to see it, but you can link to it in a note as a local relative URL).

TagSpaces is a new contender and it is more oriented towards document managing, with a very clear focus on tagging to sort and manage quickly your notes and documents. I did not use it yet so I don't know if it fits your optional requests, but it something you should try.

Both are OpenSource and quite mature (Zim is the most mature, it's out there since almost a decade, but TagSpaces has a strong development process, it's maturing very quickly).

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