Import/Export tasks via CSV or iCal
It would be very helpful if one could import tasks from iCal (Result of an export from RTM), or if one could export tasks to CSV.
Given today's outage export would be a much appreciated Premium feature.
I personally don't need import, just export for backup/emergency purposes.
I would like to have that too. But I prefer simple csv export.
would be nice to have export to csv.
Yes. CSV/Excel and ICal should be seperated though. And please, free.
Or XML. That shouldn't be too hard. Or in the interim, even if it was just some kind of database dump that isn't readable by any program/service other than todoist, so that we can restore our account if needed.
For me, the reason why iCal wouldn't be useful is that most of my tasks are undated. (I use the Getting Things Done system as a way to manage tasks, and the way I use Todoist doesn't always require me to date tasks.)
@Lior: This is a workaround, but: Try to print it to PDF instead of saving it. (I use the Cute PDF printer driver for this.) To do this, use the printer-friendly version of the site by clicking the print icon. If the print window pops up, cancel it first. (For some reason, it doesn't print correctly if you print it straight away.) And then print it. (And thanks for making me think about this is a viable way to backup my tasks!)
Export any particular search/filter result as xls is huge! Typical use case "hey, we need justification to keep you on this project, please send me a list of everything you've completed in the past X months, along with a list of all scheduled tasks with time estimate to complete." So I need to be able to export a subset of my current to-do into excel so I can add a column for "est time to complete" and fill in manually. Being able to export completed to-dos in a similar way also being important, but lower priority for me personally.
And yeah, csv is fine...any format that can be easily imported into excel would meet my needs. Thanks. :)
I am new to the product and I would LOVE an import feature. The interface is easy to use but I have a ton of tasks and projects to add and doing that one at a time on the GUI is tedious.
Even if the tasks did not import formatted that would be fine. Just getting the data loaded in one fell swoop would be invaluable to me.
me2, Excel or XML would fit.
Yes, Import & Export from/to CSV. Having the ability to Import from other windows apps in a nested (hierarchical) format is necessary. Thanks and keep up th egreat work!
One more vote on Excel export (high priority) and import (lower priority)
This would not only help me but also Todoist. I am sure much more people would switch from other to-do list managing systems if they had the chance to import their existing lists.
Export feature soon, please!
This is much needed. Also did not realize you could not do this as most online task managers offer this feature.
I will buy if i can import from another task manager
It would be helpful to be able to import tasks from remember the milk
I"ve been considering Todoist - I'm coming from ToodleDo, which is very complex, and only has one level of tasks underneath the top heading (unless you buy pro).
But I can't give Todoist a realistic trial run without re-typing all my data. Ugh. Hundreds of them. No, not happening.
Looks likes I'll head over to RTM and see if they have both import and export.
Important: the import/export file formats should be program independent so that it doesn't need too much massaging to move from one ToDo system to another.
Importing Google Calendar would be great.
I would like to see the ability to import a long text list.
I think your website is light years ahead of all the rest. But I really like to accrue random lists with Plaintext on the go, then add the appropriate ones to a todoist "inbox", similar to your suggestion below, before finally sorting them, which goes relatively smooth with reordering and/or "multiple tasks move to project". But cutting and pasting the list is a hassle, I have to perform half a dozen keystrokes as many times as items I have on the list.
from add additional item:
(paste, select all but one, give or take an up or right button, cut, return)
This could be 100 items why not. So at my computer I learned what I think is a macro, but I would be stuck with doing it only at my computer, and not at work or travel for instance. Not a huge hindrance, your website is overall great, but just wanted to offer my reasoning and ideas for others.
Please, I need this in order to create custom reports for my CEO regarding the state of my department (which is just me).
Jennifer, here's a thought. You can cut and paste the screen into a text document to export. Then see if you can import it into another app that will export in another format. Swift might do some standard formats.
Cut and paste format is horrible.
Export to excel would be a huge boon for me. Ideally would like to be able to export any view, but would be nice if I could get a report of
all open tasks (current project | all projects)
sort by priority or due date
optionally with notes.
It would be great to import CSV files as well.. I have tons of project lists from work in Excel that I have to hand copy/paste into todoist. ugh!
Really need a backup export option. It's not that hard to do. You already have the all projects view. It's just a matter of taking this same data and putting it in a file. Should be 4 hours of work max. We've been waiting on this for years. Love this app but would love it even more if there was a backup feature and also a decent Android app available.
Need both import and export for backup and to import prepared task lists such as study courses. What good is having a backup if it cannot be imported. If something happens to your online account task lists, then manually re-entering all task will be frustratingly tedious; just saying....
A CSV import would be useful. I have a text file that contains a long list of articles I want to read. Being able to create a task for each one through an import would be helpful.
Someone quite a ways back had actually created an API to import from spreadsheet, but with all the changes in Todoist, it's now no longer supported.
Export to CSV!
Yes, for personal date safety and contribute-able. We must have it!!
Import from CSV - would have made a difference in migrating from my Excel to-do list. Right now struggling with cutting and pasting. At some point I'll probably want to export too.
Sure is a lot of people clamoring for the same thing here. I happily toss in my vote for the same thing. This feature is make it or brake it. If you want to show industry leadership, you will make it easier for people who already use task managers heavily to convert to your tool. They are the market you should be considering impressing the most, and the best place to start is by making a smooth, simple, and VERY effective import of their tasks. Adding the Export functionality shows you are thinking of the customer in the long term. I hope you consider both of these high priority when planning out your To Do Lists.
This is absolutely the most important feature to implement. Not having the ability to export data gives the impression (however unwarranted) that this is a captive service. Enabling import means you'll more easily attract refugees from other services.
All mature services these days recognize that the data belongs to the user, not the service.
I agree with the other comments supporting CSV as the best format. Keep it simple.
Import / Export is essential.
Here Here! Import and Export would be amazing!
+1 to: "Import / Export is essential."
We live in a world of interoperability and todoist IS a great tool, yet missing this very important feature.
I'd be happy even with paste CSV or text in a textbox
A simple CSV export option would be a key feature for me a special projects manager. I need to be able to copy lists into my Board reports for circulation to my clients about outstanding issues on their projects.
An update on progress in this area would encourage me to go Premium.
Just discovered that Backups pretty much provide the import/export capability - a zip file of plain text files. I haven't looked properly at the file format but this does at least mean that it is possible to get at your data.
Fantastic! Thank you for this feature.
If I could add one refinement - integrate with Dropbox so the backups can be saved automatically to a DB folder.
Export to Excel is vital. I am surprised that this has not already been included in what otherwise is a great product.
It seems to me an essential first-time-use feature: the option to convert all your existing Outlook tasks into Todoist tasks. I was counting on that when I installed it.
Can the guys at todoist possbily comment on whether this feature is likely, or give us a timeframe?
there seems to be a fair amount of strong support for it!!
In my view, the future of cloud apps is all about integration. The apps that allow clients to easily interface data into their other business systems in ways that make sense to them will be the winners. Todoist can do much more on this front.
Any feature that can greatly improve the user experience or help conveniently manage your data (such as an Outlook Tasks integration) will most likely be implemented in the future, but we can't give you any timeframe at this point.
As for data export, currently you can export your tasks to have a locally stored backup. You can find more details about this feature in this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U96Nco_but4
I am not going back from Toodledo, because I will not type in my 100 tasks with all details back in here.
I am not going to use Todoist unless I can import my present thunderbird calendar task.
A way to import/export tasks should be a #1 priority.
I chose Todoist for I thought, based on the way the premium features were marketed, this could do what seems elusive: a means to import/export tasks to Google Calendar and Thunderbird/Lightning. Tasks dumping out in an iCal format and being attached to a Google calendar as entire day tasks is not import/export.
It is a hack and deceptive advertising on the part of Todoist to market it as import/export. It is not possible to export Google tasks to Todoist.
I am continuing to use Todoist to give it a fair try and see if it lives up to its billing. But as it stands, I don't see much value in it for $29/year to obtain premium features.
Export feature soon, please! And free!
@Daniel Lamb : Agree with you, "deceptive advertising" man!
Such a simple feature, and completely necessary if you want people to be able to migrate to Todoist from other services. Until this feature is in place, I can't easily move to Todoist from RTM. Get on with it.
Please implement import/export to CSV using standard/open-code notation for dates to make todoist cross platform and cross application solution. This enables management of data for statistical purposes.
Import/export to CSV for past, today and future tasks.
I monitor past tasks to improve future effectiveness and for record past activities.
Import AND Export feature would be extremely helpful! Imagine all the potential Todoist clients that will not sign up because they have to manually enter their task lists ... :)
Thanks for the consideration & development!
I'm moving from Trello to Todoist. I've managed to export my Trello cards to Excel - it would be great to be able to import them to Todoist as tasks.
I agree with the need for import. Sometimes you are creating a to do list from some other source where it is already typed and you need to turn the list into todos. I'm moving over from Asana because of the inability to create subtasks, so moving some of my longer task lists would be nice.
Agree w/ Ron
will you guys be adding a way to import tasks from astrid?
It is possible to import tasks in a TXT file where each line will become one task. Please clarify - what export format does Astrid support?
1400 tasks to import from toodledo. Looks like there might be an option for importing from a text file. I can do some preprocessing to do a data conversion on the projects. I've got about 20 "Folders" and each folder has parent tasks with nested sub-tasks. This is toodledo's (extremely poor) solution to projects. Todoist is *much* better.
I'll look into the text import David mentioned in the previous post. Hopefully I can work out some solution to this. I'm a fast typer, so I'd be willing to dedicate a day to migrating my tasks. It will save me time and effort over the hoops I'm having to jump through in toodledo. (I use inbox-style task entry, and moving a task from the inbox to a project is a disconnected two-step process: set "Project", then switch to project and drag to parent task.)
Looking forward to using todoist, for sure!
Another user has explained in detail the format we use for our TXT import option, please refer to this thread: http://todoist.com/Support/showQuestion/4269/ - it should help you prepare the files quickly.
Worked great. Thanks!
Being able to export in CSV into Excel is critical. I need to post my todos and completed to a central location every week. Without this capability, I'd have to duplicate my entries every week.
This tool is supposed to help me save time.
I've uploaded my python script for Toodledo-to-Todoist conversion to github: https://github.com/cod3monk3y/todoist
I'd like to try out todoist, but I have quite a database of tasks in OmniFocus. Some of them have start dates way in the future, so I'd really like to import them instead of the possibility of missing them when manually adding them in.
For my needs (which are much simpler than many of the requests), the ability to import a text file as a template is outstanding. I wanted to create a list of books that I want to read (all of the Hugo winners) and I was able to simply import the txt file with a return between each item and they all became their own item in the list. Outstanding. I know there are a lot of additional features in the template import/export - but this did it for me.
I would suggest that the name may cause many to overlook it - I would suggest simply calling it export list or import list.
It would be nice if there were a bit of documentation (not just the youtube video) for this. Does it require three periods for each indent? What is the structure of the file for adding other information?
But it's a great start!
We're glad you like it. We'll soon publish a new FAQ/Help section clearly documenting every single feature on Todoist.
For now, to find out more details about the structure we use, please refer to this post from another user who figured it out: http://todoist.com/Support/showQuestion/4269/
I've would like this for archival / history search purpose.
E.g. export all tasks, including notes (and perhaps attachments) completed between mars 1. and april 1, 2013.
I don't care about format as long as it can be searched from text editor. Also, it would be nice if you can add some time references: E.g. when created, when completed, timestamps for notes. Maybe even, as for Astrid todo manager; complete time-stamped log.
I have created a product enhancement feature which extends the ability to export in CSV, to be able to export a report into an Excel, Word or PDF document. If you want this feature, please vote for it.
Thanks for your support,
I'd love to be able to import from either a csv, txt or excel
Nevermind, I switched to trello, it works better for my needs
If this is being worked on.. please option to export ALL active and completed tasks. per http://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/883/
If this is being implemented import AND export feature would be welcome (and much needed).
It's already possible to import and export task templates, as shown in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rl_CLGY_3o but we will consider adding more importing or exporting options in the future.
Thanks for your reply Dave and for pointing me to the video.
Under the circumstances, this is a crucial time for all Astrid users to decide which service they're going to migrate to. Apps with the simplest import process win. That this never occurred to ToDoIst management concerns me.
Add additional export format(s) such as WebCal, CalDAV, and vCalendar. There are many using Horde's Kronolith (calendar) which would be great to interface with.
Export is more critical to current users than import.
Without the ability to export, I am always worried of investing much time and effort into a GTD system. What if they go bankrupt or triple their price tomorrow? There should be a wide range of export options in order to reassure me.
I just assumed there was the export feature since I need to estimate hours on all my tasks and obviously there is no way to do that here that I can see and be able to understand what I'm up against timewise so I figure I would do it in Excel... But... geez... can't download my data... any reasoning for that?
None that makes a heck of a lot of sense. With the amount of people that have commented on this, one would think the developers would have responded before now and made it a priority before releasing an Android or iPhone app.
TICK TICK TICK ToDoist... Not getting another dime from me
I have to move to RTM again... I m not going to pay 29$, just to get it attached with my Google Cal.
Sry todoist !!
It says "in progress".. How long before it's finished?????????????????
It is impossible for me to become a user of todoist, before this funktion is working!!
It was set "in progress" as we've added an export import option as shown here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rl_CLGY_3o but we're also considering to add another way to at least import data into Todoist more easier from other file types in the future.
I watched the video and I love the template thing. I wonder where the dates come from? It looked like there were dates already there in the London when you pasted it. So, can I set up a system with "x days from today" or even better, trip date - X (e.g. buy tickets trip date minus 21 days)?
I would also add that this option - while very cool - is NOT what this question is asking for. This question is for new folks to import their task lists from other systems, including excel.
The due dates for the task come from the original project which was exported. If you export a task list with tasks due "every Friday" or "every day", when you import such list, these dates will behave as if they were added at the moment of importing so and "every day" task will start today and an "every Friday" - the next available Friday.
As for this suggestion - yes, it's not exactly the same and we will add other options to make importing from other apps easy in the future.
So glad y'all are working on this.
Especially for structured schedule items (such as classes) and for certain kinds of planning it's very helpful to work in a calendar, then import it to todoist.
EXPORT: CSV or TXT. Let us download our data!
IMPORT: Allow some kind of calendar import of tasks. This could allow Task sharing between (say) Todoist and Mindmeister, using ical as the standard.
Would be amazing.
Any update on when this feature is going to be released? Will be be a premium feature?
Unfortunately, we can't tell at this point. We've already implemented an import.export feature to create task templates: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rl_CLGY_3o but we can't say when exactly other import/export formats will be supported.
Thanks that is useful.
Now we can export our tasks within a "project" as a simple txt file.
Thank you for also adding [[NOTE]] for note data. This is very important!
By the way, the export as template isn't a "gear icon" on my platform. More of a crossed wrench and edit pencil or something. I like it.
RTM import function and you got a new customer
This export feature MUST export completed tasks as well. I have to send a weekly summary to my manager that includes the status of the projects including status. Thanks!
The export template is a nice feature but not sufficient for me. It doesn't export sublists or all my projects and the format is not optimal for my usage.
Exporting the tasks to an XML or CSV would be much nicer.
Is there any plans to implement an export function that would export all the data in a standardized format?
I love todoist, but exporting is really important to me :)
I want to vote for a CSV or XML export to. Very important feature that is a must have to every tool.
Very important tool to have for 1) encouraging people to migrate to todoist and 2) allowing people to archive and move their data as needed. I wish I could but won't migrate to todoist until this happens. Mystifying why this is not just a standard offering.
What's interesting about this lack of import (especially about a lack of import, i'll say why) and expert is that from the outside it makes one feel like Todoist aren't getting very good business strategy advice, which does make one wonder about the business's direction.
The attraction point of services like Todoist, Wunderlist, Zendone et al is a free trial. A % of triallists will become paying 'premium' users.
You want an export option because you feel like the trial is 'open' and that you're not walking into something and investing energy you can't get out of. It's a pain-free temporary commitment.
You need import because people who are shopping around for the best to-do service will want to try out Todoist with extant data.
1 - thinking about all potential/new users as 'freshmen' with no task baggage is a strategic user understanding fail.
2 - people who are to-do service 'hopping' are self-selecting as very engaged. If they like you, they're surely much more likely to buy you. Therefore making it harder for users in that demographic is a business fail, because you're stopping exactly those people who are most likely to convert to paying customers.
Therefore, without import (and export, though as i've said that forms a different part of the offering), Todoist is showing that they don't understand the basic model of freemium. IMHO.
Now that >1,000 people have voted for this functionality, and the obvious business reason laid out above to get this done, if Todoist doesn't prioritise it, anyone giving them money should wonder what's going on...
Go on guys!
I just paid the overpriced subscription fee for an RTM pro account for another year. As long there is no import/export feature, there is no way to move to Todoist. :-(
Essential - can't believe it doesn't already exist :-O
CSV import please.
I was so excited to see the new Todoist, you've done a fabulous job - but as I painfully try to manually migrate from Toodledo (who I initially chose as much for their import/export feature as other things) I am going off the whole idea of moving.
I'm sure paying people would come to you in droves if only it were easier to get all tasks in other apps imported. The existing text template is far too limited.
Thanks for listening.
Yes please. I have a lengthy list of tasks in Outlook, which I am not willing to transfer manually into Todoist using the GUI. Some means of mass import will make all the difference to me to this app's usefulness. It is essential.
Would love to switch from Remember the Milk to Todoist Premium.
This feature is a requirement of that switch.
I have just started to trial this software (outlook/android/ios) and would pay for it instantly if i could import all my tasks from Outlook into todoist, hands down just take my money. This would solve a long outstanding issue I have with staff in my company.
pretty surprised among the various functionality requests that this hasn't been dealt with
I also need it
In meantime if you use the task manager and export as a template you get these in a text file. You can manipulate into csv format with little effort. (Import as Data Text file and use text formula to manipulate. if you do frequently set up as a template with formulas - once done takes minutes to use)
You can also do the reverse. Save an excel as txt and then import as template.
This would be made way easier if TDoist would write to txt file with a character delimiter. Saves the manipulation.
Can someone post an excel template for importing the txt data