Kanban.bash – A Personal Commandline Todo Manager For Linux

Kanban.bash - commandline todo manager

A little while ago, we were delighted to write about a commandline todo task manager called “Taskwarrior”. Today, we will be discussing yet another todo manager called “Kanban.bash”. It is not just a todo application, but also very powerful tool to manage and measure productivity. Using this tool, you can both manage your everyday tasks and measure each day’s productivity to know how you perform in daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

Install Kanban.bash

Installing Kanban.bash is absolutely trivial.

Just, download the latest version using “wget” command:

wget "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/coderofsalvation/kanban.bash/master/kanban"

And, make it as executable:

chmod 755 kanban

Start using it using command:


It’s that simple.

If you’re too lazy to type the full command, you can add it to your PATH and make an alias for it.

cp ./kanban ~/bin
echo 'export PATH=$PATH:~/bin' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'alias k=./kanban' >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc

Now, you can just type “k” to use Kanban.bash utility.


If you created an alias, you can just use”k” without quotes to use it. If you didn’t create an alias, just use the full command i.e “./kanban”.

I assume you have created alias for kanban.bash. From now on, I will use “k” instead of “./kanban”.

To view the help section, just type:


Adding tasks

To add a task, run:

Enter the task description, choose a status (BACKLOG, HOLD, DOING, CODE, DONE), and enter a tag.

$ k add
enter description:
> Write an article about Bash.hash
enter one of statuses: BACKLOG HOLD DOING CODE DONE
enter one of tags: 
> Articles

Viewing tasks

To view the list of all tasks, run:

$ k list
id status tag description history
- - - - -
2 DOING Articles Write an article about Bash.hash D

You can also view the task by status like below.

$ k show DOING

| 2 Articles Write an article about Bash.hash

Editing Tasks

You can edit the tasks by using their id.

k <id>

The above command will edit the item that has id 2.

Updating tasks

Once you completed a task, you can mark them as done like below.

$ k 2 DONE

Viewing statuses 

To view the stats, run:

$ k stats status
 DDONE 1 ▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆▆

To view only the stats of completed tasks,

k stats status DONE

For more details, just type:




Hope this helps. I will be soon here with another useful guide. Until then, stay tuned with OSTechNix.



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