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creating a new project by duplicating an existing one or by copy and paste


Dear Todoist-Team,

every day i enjoy the flexibility of your software, especially the possibility to create subprojects as much as i like and to layout them by indentation.

But as i have a lot of similar projects for different customers, i get quite tired having to write the same subprojects and tasks and labelling them again and again.

I wish i could just write and edit a basic project (with subprojects), then DUPLICATE it by RENAMING it AND HIDING the "original" = anonymous project design.

By this i would only have to make minor changes in the new project (mostly the due dates ...)

The hiding will help to differentiate between the current projects and those projects that are just the drafts ...

Kind regards to all

All responses

Stephen Bradburn
Replied on Jul 26, 2011 - 11:24

This would be a perfect addition.

Replied on Jul 27, 2011 - 14:22

I absolutely LOVE this idea! It is a feature missing from many ToDo programs and it would be wonderful if it were added!

Replied on Jul 27, 2011 - 21:43

I also support the idea and would be glad to use such a duplicate / tasks template feature.

Al Po
Replied on Jul 28, 2011 - 07:29

www.taskresolver.com has one. And it works with todoist.

Chris premium
Replied on Aug 01, 2011 - 07:14

Hi Al Po,
but taskresolver is an "early beta" - i'm sorry, i'm not the one to take such a risk ...
But i'll keep an eye on it ...
Thanks for the link!

Al Po
Replied on Aug 02, 2011 - 08:58

Yeah, Chris, "early beta" may be concerning, but I haven't experienced any harmful behavior.

Replied on Aug 13, 2011 - 11:31

This is EXACTLY what I'm needing. I have reoccurring, seasonal projects and it would be a major time-saver if I could copy in a basic set of steps to complete.

Does anyone know if this is on the table for upcoming revisions?



Chris Sutcliffe
Replied on Sep 01, 2011 - 11:12

This would be extremely useful for all of my team. We have about three projects a day, and rewriting tasks every time is wasting precious hours.

Lew D'Souza
Replied on Sep 22, 2011 - 12:54

This feature would be the icing on the cake!! Would be the MOST USEFUL feature add for me!

corey watt premium
Replied on Sep 29, 2011 - 02:33

Ye please, I hate all the extra duplicate typing!

John van Riessen
Replied on Oct 27, 2011 - 10:59

Yea, will take premium for it, my vote you have for this feature!!! Thanks

Stacey Moore
Replied on Nov 03, 2011 - 06:39

would love this feature!

Replied on Nov 07, 2011 - 02:43

What about working with a template?
Let's say I have a Task with children:

Task A
Do 1
Do 2
Do 3

and you can save this as "template1"
Whenever I need to do "Do 1, Do2 and Do3" again I could just type:

"/template1 Task B"

and ToDoist would automatically create "Task B" with the 3 children. Probably it could even adapt the due-dates accordingly.

Filip Gouwy
Replied on Nov 07, 2011 - 22:25

I would like this very much too

freedomway premium
Replied on Nov 28, 2011 - 08:36

I'm wondering:
Would having a pre-defined template section under the project listing be possible. It would require the following:

1. A pre-defined template section under the project listing (perhaps named "Templates");
2. User could create templates within this section: projects, sub-projects, tasks, sub-tasks, even notes I suppose);
3. For tasks and sub-tasks, functionality already exists for them to be "moved" to another project, but would require the added function of "leaving the original copy" in the "Templates" section;
4. Add "Move to another project" functionality to the sub-project of the "Templates" project, so project templates can be "moved" while original copies are left intact;
5. Developing functionality for project templates is more complicated than for tasks, so beginning with a template task section might be more feasible.

Comments: This effort would require adding functionality (i.e., leaving a copy of itself when "move to another project" is invoked) to only one pre-defined section (i.e., Templates) and its tasks instead of the entire "system".

Glenn Dodd
Replied on Jan 12, 2012 - 10:52

The same type of thing for me. It can take ages to manage my new projects

I normally create a separate project for a software install for each customer. Each software install will have about 30 tasks and numerous sub tasks.

I add a new customer every day, sometimes several a day.
Creating a new project, with all the tasks, is quite time consuming.

Ideally i would like to copy or clone an existing project. Can this be done in ToDoist or the Premium version?

My idea is to have a basic project with all the tasks (and sub tasks), copy it and then rename it to be customer specific. I would set the due dates on the customer project, not the basic project.


Replied on Jan 20, 2012 - 13:41

This is not just a "nice idea" it is an absolute must. I have researched and tested probably at least 30 different programs over the past year in an effort to get the perfect program for my needs, and this one feature seems to be what is lacking from all programs I have tried.

It would make this program light years ahead of the rest.

Replied on Feb 13, 2012 - 16:48

I don't see a point of using todoist if there isn't a duplicate feature.

Joe Williams
Replied on Feb 14, 2012 - 20:28

Would love to see this too.....

Ben Hook
Replied on Feb 14, 2012 - 21:00

A duplication / project template feature would open this app up to a whole new market and solve a lot of problems.

Ian Johnson premium
Replied on Feb 27, 2012 - 02:34

I think freshdesignstudio comment is accurate! A duplicate feature is a most, so many projects are repeated.

Lori Newman premium
Replied on Mar 02, 2012 - 02:54

Actually without duplicate feature this is useless for me as well. I need it for creating projects also and can't spend extra time retyping it over and over again.

Paul Tam premium
Replied on Mar 19, 2012 - 15:05

Is this ever going to be implemented?

David Trey staff
Replied on Mar 20, 2012 - 01:42

Hello Paul,

although I can't give you an exact timeframe and some features are more complex than others and will require more time, but this feature will certainly be implemented.

Best regards,

Replied on Apr 16, 2012 - 18:22

Great to here David.
Every project of mine has the same tasks, this would save me so much time, all i have to do is assign a due date to some of the tasks. But the most important parts are already there when the the project is created....Subsets ans Todo items. cant wait for this feature.
Any date yet?

Wenmei Hill
Replied on Apr 26, 2012 - 16:21

I will be looking forward to this feature being added! I cannot use Todoist effectively without it, so I will wait until it is released before I upgrade to Premium. Thanks for the update, David!

Peter Morgan premium
Replied on May 05, 2012 - 11:37

This is a must, at the moment it's real weakness in the service.

You must be able to create a Project template, then then edit it once assigned.

At the moment you have to re-do each time you start a new project, that's not saving much time.

A copy and and paste option from a word document making each line a new task would help.


netagence premium
Replied on May 05, 2012 - 11:57

Funny that I commented to support that new feature months ago, I had forgotten that thread.
To be fair, we have an easy work around for now by using the API. All it takes me to create a new project with the same dozens of tasks is calling a PHP page we crafted for that purpose, so there's hope while we wait for the official release ;-)

Peter Hughes premium
Replied on Jun 18, 2012 - 03:35

Loving the Copy+Paste idea; however loving the TEMPLATE idea more.

make it so ToDoist - we love you for it.

Replied on Jun 24, 2012 - 07:28

Would love to be able to duplicate projects as well as tasks and all sub-tasks! Would make a very meaningful difference for me. Thanks!

Paul Sandels
Replied on Jun 26, 2012 - 12:25

I love the copy/paste idea. UPVOTED

Hugh Charlie Wang premium
Replied on Jul 16, 2012 - 15:58

Yes, please implement the copy project idea. This would be a program that I would not be able to live without.

Replied on Jul 26, 2012 - 11:59

This is the heart of any good to-do, task or project management app. Will reconsider if it is added.

Stephen Williamson premium
Replied on Aug 07, 2012 - 05:44

This, or some kind of task tree template would make my life so much easier.

ted ferris
Replied on Aug 14, 2012 - 15:48


API Tester
Replied on Aug 15, 2012 - 02:07

As mentioned above, for this task you can try thirdparty service www.taskresolver.com for free.

Johann Kenny premium
Replied on Aug 31, 2012 - 20:40

This request has nearly 200 votes. Why is to even being worked on right now. To advertise this as a project management tool is FALSE ADVERTISING is you can't replicate projects. Replicating a project is a fundamental feature of project management.

David Trey staff
Replied on Sep 01, 2012 - 01:18

Hello Johann,

we've never advertised duplicating tasks as a feature as well as haven't suggested Todoist as a project manager (Todoist is a personal task management tool).

We are constantly improving our service and adding new features incl. the most anticipated ones and we will certainly consider adding this one in the future as well.

Best regards,

Johann Kenny premium
Replied on Sep 01, 2012 - 15:03

Hi David,

Firstly, thanks for responding to my post.

Secondly, congradulations on a wonderful task management app.

I guess TODOIST's capabilities make it an ideal tool for projectmanagemnt and hence my use of this app for this purpose.

Appologies for the tone of my last post - I'm happy to retract it.

My frustration is a mere consquence of how much I depend on TODOIST for my daily project planning and task management.

Thanks for considering this feature for furture updates.


Johann Kenny premium
Replied on Sep 02, 2012 - 13:46

Hi David,

I've started using Task Resolver as an interim measure.

Can you please provide me with an example of the task import syntax.

The instructions say:

At the moment you can import your projects and tasks to the TaskResolver from a csv-file with a next row formats:
Projects: 0,"project_id","project_name","parent_project_id","project_color";
Items: 1,"item_id","project_id","item_content","item_priority","item_due_date","is_note","parent_item_id".
To perform import choose "Import"(you will see it only if your browser supports this feature) from a project main context menu("<"-button in a bottom-right corner of a page).


Johann Kenny premium
Replied on Sep 02, 2012 - 13:47


Further to my last post, is the project id the number that follows "project" in the project email address?


David Trey staff
Replied on Sep 03, 2012 - 01:15

Hello Johann,

unfortunately, there is no direct import/export feature on Todoist (you're welcome to vote for it: http://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/30/ and we're considering adding it in the future), but you could use our API to pull tasks out of the system. For detailed information about it, please refer to this page: https://todoist.com/API/help

As for your second question - yes, the number included in the unique project's email address is the ID of the project. It's also visible in the URL when viewing a specific project.

Best regards,

David Trey staff
Replied on Oct 09, 2012 - 03:48


thank you for all your suggestions regarding this feature. It has now been implemented and you can Import/Export task lists in Todoist.

Please take a look at this short video showing how it works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rl_CLGY_3o

We're looking forward to your feedback - do you like this implementation or would you improve it? If so - how?

Best regards,

Peter Morgan premium
Replied on Oct 09, 2012 - 07:36


This works fantastically.

Thanks it's a big improvement.


Chris premium
Replied on Oct 09, 2012 - 21:36

Hi - really - you are magnificent!

What a great Idea, to do it via export - import! It is so elegant - and solves also the problem of too many tasks / projects I have from time to time!

I have already a lot of templates because I have to do a lot of detailed routine work. Now I export them when I don't need them and have a nice overview of my ACTUAL projects!

It is so amazing to watch you work - as you often don't just take a suggestion and try to implant or imitate the well known solution, but you find a new way which even adds more functionality then originally demanded.

A great Thank You - the time it took you to develop this solution was all quite worthwhile!

Kind regards

Replied on Oct 10, 2012 - 08:33

Finally we have a feature for those of us that perform the same tasks & projects, yes I use it as a project management software.

However, because this wasn't an option in the past, I moved all my tasked/projects to ASANA and I'm loving it....but I will take a look at ToDoist again and weigh my options. Thanks for upgrading your features.


Johann Kenny premium
Replied on Oct 10, 2012 - 11:06

A brilliant addition - thank you very much.

You can edit templates, add to the hierarchy etc. in txt (just add "..." for every additional level you want to add).

A fantastic product just got even better.


PS: ASANA is a smelly pice of crap

Replied on Oct 10, 2012 - 11:09

LOL, I'm sure it is

Peter Hughes premium
Replied on Oct 13, 2012 - 07:07

To the Team at todoist who envisaged and implemented this feature:

Thank you for your hard work and graceful implementation of a well needed feature.

I love the simple import/export approach taken.

As an architect, I have a strong design process, with repeated tasks.

Now I can easily import my required to-do list at every stage.

You absolute Legends.

Peter Hughes

Elizabeth Teffner
Replied on Jan 03, 2013 - 08:47

I generally have several "projects" that have similar tasks. It would be fabulous to have the ability to have a base project with standard tasks that can be copied and then edited to suit my needs.

Thanks... Elizabeth

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 03, 2013 - 09:22

Hello Elizabeth,

This feature has already been implemented and it's available in Todoist Premium. To see how it works, please take a look at this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rl_CLGY_3o

Best regards,

Isaac Hwang premium
Replied on Sep 05, 2013 - 18:04

Adding what I wrote in my suggestion/proposal and voting for this one aswell:

Importing/Exporting templates to a FILE.
Is useful but at the same time unnecessary if all you want to do is duplicate a project.

Because say you use todoist at work and at home and on your mobile and ipad. Are you going to export to every single machine you use todoist on? What if you make a change on the template? Then are you going to edit every single copy?
(Actually you can't use export/import templates on mobile devices.)

I still think a duplicate project option is still needed for duplicating projects on the go.
Also keeping everything on the "cloud / todoist account" is more accessible than having it on your computer.

Of course import/export are useful as backups just in case.

Really, import/exporting to a file is a poor man's choice and something like that is more fit for free users than for premium users.

For premium users the focus should be on providing a power tool that can be used on the move.
You should allow us to manage everything without limitations and with the utmost of ease be it on mobile, tablet, or computer.

We really do need an online method!


Anna premium
Replied on Sep 11, 2013 - 04:02

I have this request as well. That is the most important feature addition of all for me.

I have recurring projects approximately every one to two weeks, where each project involves precisely the same set of tasks as the previous one (sometimes with a few additions).

It would be a great help if I could just copy the previous project and make a few adjustments rather than rewrite the same set of tasks for each project over and over.

I'll keep it very simple as long as copying is not possible.

Anna premium
Replied on Sep 11, 2013 - 04:09

Ah... Just realising it has already been implemented. Thank you guys!

(To newcomers: before commenting, watch the YouTube video linked to by Todoist's staff above:-)

toochevere premium
Replied on Jan 22, 2014 - 18:03

The export as a template feature is great in and of itself, but is very very clumsy for use as a way of copying individual tasks or even as a mechanism copy a project. Think of how many steps are required to do this versus a simple Copy/Cut/Paste operation. In addition, the user has to remember to go and remove any left over export files that represent a security risk. Fortunately, the stopgap for now is to use http://www.taskresolver.com. But this is just a temporary fix. Task Copy/Cut/Paste as well duplication of projects is absolutely a must in addition to the very nice import / export feature.

Replied on Jan 31, 2014 - 00:58

Absolutely necessary