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How to install the Taskbook task manager on Linux

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If you want to be even more productive on the command line, get to know and see how to install the Taskbook task manager on Linux.

Taskbook is a terribly well done terminal application that allows you to create task lists, take notes and organize your tasks using boards (boards) and cards (cards).

How to install the Taskbook task manager on Linux

Hacker News described this application as “Trello, but for Terminal“, a description that is not entirely accurate.

The Taskbook is more like a simple task list tool than a Trello analogue for the terminal.

For example, Trello’s spatial flow is missing, meaning you can see all of your columns side by side and there’s no team collaboration, markup, or other advanced features.

But that does not mean that it is not useful. On the contrary!

Using the Taskbook, you can create, edit, search and manage your daily tasks, notes and boards using multiple boards.

The application is also incredibly easy to use, thanks to the memorable set of commands (-t for new task, -c to check an item, -l for list, etc.).

By default, the Taskbook shows tasks and notes in a board view.

The alternate timeline view switches to a date-based grouping, listing your tasks based on when you added / created them.

You can quickly list items based on their status, priority or other attributes, for example, tb -l incomplete shows all incomplete / pending / unchecked items in all of your folders, while tb -l my board is sure to only list items with star of the ‘my board’ board.

There is little more to say: Taskbook works exactly as designed and extremely well.
If you are regularly on the command line, something like the Taskbook is a must (although there are many to-do list terminal apps out there).

With the Taskbook you can:

  • Quickly add tasks and notes to boards;
  • Move tasks between boards;
  • Choose between board and timeline view;
  • Set task / star priority;
  • Search and filter tasks, notes and tables;
  • Archive, delete and restore tasks, notes and boards;
  • Easy to learn syntax.

The application is configurable via the ~ / .taskbook.json file in your local folder, with data stored in a JSON file in ~ / .taskbook / storage (although you can choose your own storage location).

How to install the Taskbook task manager on Linux

Taskbook needs Nodejs / NPM to be installed on Linux. If you don’t have this feature on your system, use one of the tutorials below:

Find out how to install Node.js on Linux
See how to install the Node.js interpreter on Linux via Snap

To install the Taskbook task manager on Linux, do the following:

Step 1. Open a terminal;
Step 2. Run the following command to install the Taskbook task manager;

sudo npm install –global taskbook

Then, to run the application with the help file shown, use the command:

tb –help

Check the flight manual

This application also has an excellent “flight manual” that runs through each of the commands, from how to create a board and move items between them, to how to place stars on items, select them or restore those you have deleted.

Reading the guide can save you a lot of testing, so I recommend you take a look.

PS: If you are looking for something similar, but with a GUI, it is highly recommended to check Notion.

It does not have a Linux client, but it does have a web interface and clients for Windows and MacOS.

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