This file contains a brief summary of new features and dependency changes or releases, in reverse chronological order.


  • Add support for Python 3.11. Todoman already worked with Python 3.11, but is now tested with this Python version in CI and has the relevant classifiers.

  • Improved zsh shell completion.

  • Dropped in favour of pyproject.toml.


  • Added full support for categories.


  • The “table” layout has been dropped in favour of a simpler, fluid layout. As such, tabulate is not longer a required dependency.

  • Added support for python 3.10.


  • Fix issue passing arguments to default_command.

  • Various documentation improvements.


Breaking changes in the configuration format

The configuration format is changing with release 4.0.0. We currently depend on an unmaintained library for configuration. It’s not currently in a working state, and while some distributions are patching it, setting up a clean environment is a bit non-trivial, and the situation will only degrade in future.

The changes in format are be subtle, and also come with an intention to add further extensibility in future. Configuration files will be plain python. If you don’t know Python don’t worry, you don’t _need_ to know Python.

I’ll take my own config as a reference. The pre-4.0.0 format is:

`dosini [main] path = ~/.local/share/calendars/* time_format = '%H:%M' default_list = todo humanize = true startable = true `

The 4.0.0 version would look like this:

`python path = "~/.local/share/calendars/*" time_format = "%H:%M" default_list = "todo" humanize = True startable = True `

Key differences:

  • The [main] header is no longer needed.

  • All strings must be quoted (this was previously optional).

  • True and False start with uppercase.

  • Using yes or on is no longer valid; only True and False are valid.

That’s basically it. This lets up drop the problematic dependency, and we don’t actually need anything to read the config: it’s just python code like the rest of todoman!

For those users who _are_ python developers, you’ll note this gives some interesting flexibility: you CAN add any custom python code into the config file. For example, you can defined the path programatically:

def get_path() -> str:

path = get_path

Dropped support

  • Dropped support older Python versions. Only 3.8 and 3.9 are now supported.

Minor changes

  • Added support for python 3.9.

  • The dependency configobj is no longer required.

  • Click 8.0 is now supported.

  • Fix crash when default_command has arguments.


  • The man page has been improved. sphinx-click is now required to build the documentation.


  • Don’t display list if there’s only one list (of one list has been specified).

  • Fixed several issues when using dates with no times.

  • Dropped support for Python 3.4.


  • Properly support iCal files with dates (instead of datetimes).


  • Allow passing a custom configuration file with the --config/-c option.

  • Cached list metadata is now invalidated when it has changed on-disk.

  • Support for click < 6.0 has been dropped (it wasn’t actually working perfectly any more anyway). Click 7.x is the only currently supported version.

  • click-repl is now listed as an optional dependency. It is required for the todo repl command.

  • Add the default_priority config setting.

  • Drop support for Python 3.4.


  • Fix crashes due to API changes in icalendar 4.0.3.

  • Dropped compatibility for icalendar < 4.0.3.


  • Support Python 3.7.

  • Support click>=7.0.

  • Properly parse RBGA colours.


  • Add -r option to new to read description from stdin.

  • Add a dedicated zsh completion function.

  • Lists matching is now case insensitive, unless there are multiple lists with colliding names, in which case those will be treated case-sensitive.

  • Fix some tests that failed due to test dependency changes.


  • New runtime dependency: click-log.

  • Drop support for Python 3.3, which has reached its end of life cycle.

  • Add –raw flag to edit. This allows editing the raw icalendar file, but only use this if you really know what you’re doing. There’s a big risk of data loss, and this is considered a developer / expert feature!


  • Deploy new versions to PyPI using twine. Travis doesn’t seem to be working.


  • Tests should no longer fail with pyicu installed.

  • Improved documentation regarding how to test locally.


  • Initial support for (bash) autocompletion.

  • The location field is not printed as part of --porcelain.


  • Fix start-up crash caused by click_log interface change.

  • Dropped runtime dependency: click_log.


  • Completing recurring todos now works as expected and does not make if disappear forever.


  • Last-modified fields of todos are now updated upon edition.

  • Sequence numbers are now properly increased upon edition.

  • Add new command todo cancel to cancel an existing todo without deleting it.

  • Add a new setting default_command.

  • Replace --all and --done-only with --status, which allows fine-grained status filtering. Use --status ANY or --status COMPLETED to obtain the same results as the previous flags.

  • Rename --today flag to --startable.

  • Illegal start dates (eg: start dates that are not before the due date) are ignored and are removed when saving an edited todo.


  • Fix a crash for users upgrading from pre-v3.0.0, caused due to the cache’s schema not being updated.


New features

  • Add a today setting and flag to exclude todos that start in the future.

  • Add the --humanize to show friendlier date times (eg: in 3 hours).

  • Drop --urgent and introduced --priority, which allows fine-filtering by priority.

  • Add support for times in due dates, new time_format setting.

  • Use the system’s date format as a default.

  • Add list selector to the interactive editor.

  • Add --start=[before|after] [DATE] option for list to only show todos starting before/after given date.

  • Add flag “–done-only” to todo list. Displays only completed tasks.

  • Make the output of move, delete, copy and flush consistent.

  • Porcelain now outputs proper JSON, rather than one-JSON-per-line.

  • Increment sequence number upon edits.

  • Print a descriptive message when no lists are found.

  • Add full support for locations.

Packaging changes

  • New runtime dependency: tabulate.

  • New runtime dependency: humanize.

  • New supported python version: pypy3.

  • Include an alternative [much faster] entry point (aka “bin”) which we recommend all downstream packagers use. Please see the Notes for Packagers documentation for further details.


  • The global --verbosity option has been introduced. It doesn’t do much for now though, because we do not have many debug logging statements.

  • New PyPI dependency click-log.

  • The --no-human-time flag is gone. Integrations/scripts might want to look at --porcelain as an alternative.

  • Fix crash when running todo new.

  • Fixes some issues when filtering todos from different timezones.

  • Attempt to create the cache file’s directory if it does not exist.

  • Fix crash when running --porcelain show.

  • Show id for todos everywhere (eg: including new, etc).

  • Add the ctrl-s shortcut for saving in the interactive editor.


  • Fix a crash after editing or completing a todo.


  • Fix a packaging error.


  • New flag --porcelain for programmatic integrations to use. See the integrations section here for details.

  • Implement a new configuration option: default_due.

  • The configuration file is now pre-emptively validated. Users will be warned of any inconsistencies.

  • The list command has a new --due flag to filter tasks due soon.

  • Todo ids are now persisted in a cache. They can be manually purged using flush.

  • New runtime dependency: configobj

  • New runtime dependency: python-dateutil

  • New test dependency: flake8-import-order.