Get Stuff Done With These 4 To-Do List Tools [Linux]

linux todo intro   Get Stuff Done With These 4 To Do List Tools [Linux]Most of us lead extremely busy lives that we’re expected to keep track of at all times. Whether we have stressful jobs, school work, or plenty of social events, it’s crucial that we remember what we have to do and when we have to do it by. Therefore, to-do list applications can become one of our best friends because they are a reliable aid to keeping our lives in check.

Linux users have a fairly decent selection of to-do list applications, but I’ve gone through most of the noteworthy ones and selected those which I’d recommend myself.


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The top spot would have to go to Wunderlist, and not just because of its name. The two areas which I find most important when it comes to to-do list applications, they have to be extremely functional and accessible. Wunderlist accomplishes both of these pretty nicely, especially when it comes down to accessibility.

Wunderlist is natively available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS. You can also log into their web app via any browser, as you need to create a new account to use Wunderlist, and all data will be synchronized to the servers. With Wunderlist, you can add tasks, add due dates, add notes, share tasks, move them around, and more.

It would be nice if Wunderlist had some sort of tagging system, but lists will have to do. It would also be nice if it could sort tasks, but, again, this isn’t really necessary in my opinion because “smart sort” options in other solutions tend to not work very well.


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My next pick has to go to Nitro. This application is rather new, and still has plenty of potential for more features and other pure awesomeness. It is also fairly functional, and offers cloud synchronization via Dropbox or Ubuntu One. However, Nitro is only available on Linux and Windows, so your accessibility options are a bit more limited than with Wunderlist.

However, if you don’t require such a broad range of supported platforms. However, it would be nice to have it on Android and iOS so that it can be accessed via mobile. It also lacks features like tags.

Getting Things Gnome

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Getting Things Gnome comes in at a close third place, but it could almost steal the second spot. This little app is extremely functional when it comes to available task options and organizational tools. It offers some features which the previous two options lack, such as tags. In fact, one of the cool things about GTG is that you can add tags within a task’s description by using ‘@’.

However, it doesn’t have any synchronization support, unless you pull some very clever tricks. If you plan to be working on the same computer for most of the day (or at least whenever you need to change something on your to-do list), GTG is a great option.


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Last but not least is Tasque. This is the most simple solution available out of these four, and I included it because there are plenty of people who value simplicity and minimalism. The only things you can add/change in Tasque are task name, priority, due date, and lists. However, it can even use Remember The Milk as the task management system, which adds some nice synchronization functionality. If you like this approach, then Tasque is definitely for you!


With four to-do list applications in hand, you can’t really go wrong with any of the above options. Heck, you could even improvise a simple to-do list using an application like Tomboy, but the above options are native applications for Linux that are specifically designed to hold all your tasks. Now what are you waiting for, fill up your to-do list and get to work!

Do you have any other recommendations for Linux to-do list applications? What features are most important to you? Let us know in the comments!

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Not a Linuxuser but to use Wunderlist on Mac and share with Linuxuser. We all agree this is a great app as it is easy, clean and light. To many do-di-lists have add to much things


I seriously highly recommend, it contains unlimited levels of awesomeness.

Danny Stieben

Never heard of it, but I’ll take a look!

Christopher Miliotti

wish there were more to-do managers that sync with Google tasks

Danny Stieben

Personally I feel like Google Tasks doesn’t do enough. It needs a bit more functionality, otherwise I’d be all over it.


Whether you are a Windows, Linux, Mac user unless you actually perform the to-do task, it does not matter how many list managers you have or good they are. Unfortunately no one has yet come up with an app that will force you to perform the tasks on your to-do list.

Danny Stieben

Haha, we still need self motivation! These just help jog our memories. ;)


I wish Wunderlist would release a PPA or .deb file!

Danny Stieben

Same here, although installing it wasn’t terribly difficult.

Donald McRonald

Apart from Wunderlist, none of the applications can synchronize with anything. Either this is a really poor list, or, Mozilla and Google don’t exist under the flavour of Linux the author uses.

Jose Serralde

And never miss Gina Trapani’s todo.txt at your fav-desktop+mobile-sync’ed-GTD-software-list.

Danny Stieben

Too simple for me. I need something that can at least sort tasks for me.

Jose Serralde

And never miss Gina Trapani’s todo.txt at your fav-desktop+mobile-sync’ed-GTD-software-list.


There’s a nice-featured little “Easy Notepad” app for iGoogle (my Chrome homepage) that I’ve been relying on – unfortunately it may die when iGoogle does. It syncs via Google/Gmail login.


I recommend Zim at It is like a wiki but also a todo list. Everything is saved to simple text files and you can link between them.

Danny Stieben

I’ll take a look at it. Thanks!


I am surprised that noone has mentioned TaskUnifier. I use it regularly on both Linux and Windows. It has every feature imaginable and I can synchronize via ToodleDo with Android

Danny Stieben

I’ll need to take a look at it! Haven’t heard of it, sadly.

Adam Williamson

I run qmytinytodo on my personal web server. Go to a URL on any system and there’s my todo list (password protected, natch). Being geeky: still useful for something. You want your todo list to ‘synchronize’, you run the server end yourself…

Jean-Philippe Rutault

taskwarrior is the best and efficient task manager i test far away from wunderlist and nitro. All tasks are stored in plain text files, so sync with dropbox or any similar cloud service. Zim is very good as well, but i prefer to split my tasks and my notes.


wunderlist is the best from the above!!

pawan shukla

I am surprised that none has mentioned Task Unifier. I use it regularly on both Linux and Windows. It has every feature imaginable and I can synchronize via ToodleDo with Android


I use Wunderlist mainly because it is the only SaaS that has software for my PC, apps for my BlackBerry PlayBook, BlackBerry Bold 9900 and iPod Touch. Also it’s free =]

Danny Stieben

It definitely works well enough for me!


Gosh the new wunderlist is not that good/