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Nitro: An Advanced To-Do List [Linux & Web]

Justin Pot 07-06-2012

nitro to do listPut together a to-do list, then do your work. If that’s what you want to do, but you’ve not yet managed to find software that works, give Nitro a shot. This Linux software, which also works in the cloud, is fast and easy to use. Even better, it lets you sort your tasks, meaning you’re only looking at what you need to do right now.


It’s easy to get so caught up in to-do lists that you never actually get anything done, which is why extremely simple to-do lists Do It (Tomorrow) Is An Extremely Simple Online To-Do List If you love the idea of an online list of things you need to do, but never manage to actually use one for longer than the time it takes for you to add all of... Read More are a good idea. Some people need more control than that, however, which is why software like Wunderlist Wunderlist Syncs Your To-Do Lists Across Windows PC and Mac Read More and Remember The Milk 8 Easy Ways To Manage Tasks With Remember The Milk Read More are so popular.

Nitro is more advanced than simple, and primarily intended for Linux users. Using the web app, however, users of any operating system can give Nitro a shot. Is it right for you? Let’s take a look.

Using Nitro

If you’ve ever used a to-do list program, the main interface of Nitro certainly won’t confuse you. You’ll see the usual way to sort your tasks, including the time and date something is due, and optional lists:

nitro to do list

The top categories break things down depending on the dates you’ve assigned tasks, while the “lists” are essentially categories you design.


In any of these lists you can add tasks. You can also add notes. Unlike other solutions, the note field shows up while you’re adding a task. This makes adding notes a snap:

nitro todo

By default Nitro only works on a single computer. Syncing is easy, however, thanks to Dropbox and Ubuntu One Ubuntu One: An Unknown But Worthy Contender In Cloud Storage Just a little over a week ago, a lot of news was made in the world of personal cloud storage, where Dropbox added more sharing features, SkyDrive introduced their new synchronization application for desktops, and... Read More integration.

nitro todo


The sync was slow for me, occasionally to the point of being unusable. I’m sure the team is working on it, but if this is important for you you might want to look elsewhere for now.

On a less important front – themes! There are a variety built into Nitro, most of which intended to make the program blend with skins in Ubuntu and other Linux distros:

nitro todo

There’s another that makes Nitro look remarkably similar to another online to-do service:


nitro to do list

For the sake of all that is sacred – don’t load the Justin Bieber skin. It’s not worth it.

Set Up Nitro

Ready to get started? Head to NitroTasks. You can log in there using your Dropbox or Ubuntu One account, or download the program if you prefer using desktop software. There are packages for Ubuntu and Arch Linux, and source code for industrious users of other Linux distros.

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Yeah, it’s another to-do list. But this is a rare native program for Linux not yet found on other platforms. Even better – it’s really good. I hope the sync improves in the future, because I think I’ll have a new favorite to-do program when it does.

How do you like Nitro? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, along with any other Linux to-do software you might prefer over this.

Related topics: GTD, Time Management, To-Do List.

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  1. Austin Arnold
    September 29, 2012 at 5:12 am

    I have been using nitro for almost a month now (converted from and have found it wonderful. It is intuitive and almost everything I could want in a to do list. There is only one problem... I need it to sync to my phone somehow! Maybe I have just missed it but I haven't been able to access a app for nitro or load nitro on my androids browser. Seriously this could be the most amazing to do list organizer if I could just access it from places other than just my computer.

  2. Danny Stieben
    June 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    In case you haven't noticed, a new version of Nitro was released. Can you setup recurring events now or access the "Scheduled" list? I did a fresh install of the new version and I can do neither.

    • Justin Pot
      June 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      I can't get recurring to work with the new one either. Stay tuned, I suppose.

  3. Terafall
    June 8, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Wish it can sync with Wunderlist

    • Justin Pot
      June 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Sadly, nothing can sync with Wunderlist. There's no API, so far as I know.

      • Terafall
        June 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm

        I know.I'm just too lazy to copy all my list

  4. Shehan Nirmal
    June 8, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I like that Ubuntu dashboard...!!!

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  6. Justin Boyle
    June 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Does it support daily tasks? Like, have a task that I mark as complete, and then the next day it reopens? I've been looking for a task manager to do this for a while, and Wunderlist falls flat.

    • skinnynoizze
      June 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      Recurring Tasks
      Easily create reminders for tasks that occur on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

      that's what they say at their webpage.... gonna give it a try

    • Justin Pot
      June 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      It sure does! Give it a shot and let us know if it works for you.

    • wijola
      June 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm
  7. Navneet Singh
    June 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    For the sake of all that is sacred – don’t load the Justin Bieber skin. It’s not worth it #LMFAO :P :P

    • Justin Pot
      June 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm