Terminal UI (TUI) for editing your todo.txt file(s).
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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 due:, h:, t:
  • 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::

pip install PyQt5

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 man/pter.1 to your man-page folder (usually ~/.local/share/man/man1).

Using pter

To launch pter you have to tell it where your todo.txt file is:

pter ~/todo.txt

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 pressing e.

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:

  • press / to enter your search terms
  • search for done:n to only show incomplete tasks
  • search for a context with @context
  • search for a project with +project
  • search for tasks that do not belong to a context with -@context or not:@context
  • press Return to return the focus to the task list

Using qpter

To launch the Qt GUI, you may (but don’t have to) provide the location of your todo.txt file::

qpter ~/todo.txt