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How can I include "project" in filter criteria?


I want to filter tasks that meet certain criteria WITHIN a project. Is this possible?


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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Jul 24, 2013 - 19:02 UTC

Hi Luls,

Unfortunately, at this time it's not possible to add a Project to a search criteria. We hope to improve this in the future.

Feel free to vote on it :) http://todoist.com/Vote_iOS/showProposal/29/


Replied on Sep 08, 2013 - 16:03 UTC

I think it's important to prioritize higher the ability to query projects -- because when creating a to-do, Project is the #1 most prominent field (besides Content).

You have to click "More Options" to even see the Labels... and yet querying the labels is possible but not projects? It doesn't make intuitive sense.

~new Todoist user.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Sep 08, 2013 - 18:32 UTC

Hi There,

Thanks for the feedback and we will take that into consideration. There are some updates coming that will improve upon this very much.


Josh Lehman
Replied on Jan 23, 2014 - 23:42 UTC

Any updates on this?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 24, 2014 - 00:09 UTC

Hello Josh,

Unfortunately not, but we'll look into adding such option in future updates.

Best regards,

Replied on Jan 27, 2014 - 16:03 UTC

Agreed that this would be really helpful. I am finding that my to-do list each day is way too chaotic, bordering on unusable unless I can figure out some alternatives.

Burgess Xavier  premium
Replied on Feb 17, 2014 - 15:25 UTC

Stop saying it coming in future updates... and a year later its still not done..Geeze Man! .. its annoying.. the forum is plastered with the same old respond..

Sean Sankey  premium
Replied on Feb 25, 2014 - 10:01 UTC

This is a key piece of functionality that I use in remember the milk - would make it difficult to jump to todoist without this being in place. Surely its a straightforward piece of coding to enable a further piece of refinement in search functionality??

Look forward to the next update :-)

David Fyfe  premium
Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 22:12 UTC

Yes please add this ASAP. Could I suggest that, as a way of avoiding ongoing requests for the same feature, you publish a prioritised upcoming features list and invite user input. It doesn't mean you have to commit to dates.

David Fyfe  premium
Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 22:15 UTC

I know you have a suggestion box, but this doesn't indicate what YOUR priorities might be (which ultimately determines what gets implemented :-)

Rune Christensen
Replied on Feb 28, 2014 - 12:18 UTC

Guess I will stay with RTM...

Lui Pillmann de Barros
Replied on Mar 10, 2014 - 00:00 UTC

Hello all,

I've recently upgraded my account to Premium hoping to use features like this. As @georgekao well said, it's kind of counter intuitive a filter without project query option.

Please include this update as a priority for future updates and I, and many others, will not hesitate in recommending Todoist to friends and colleagues.

Thanks in advance!

Dylan Eiler  premium
Replied on Mar 11, 2014 - 18:30 UTC

I am set to renew my Premium account in the coming months. I am really happy with the development of Todoist and I am ready to transfer all of my tasks from RTM to Todoist. But Todoist can't become my main task manager without an option to filter by project. Please add this feature soon! Thanks.

Michael Rosenberger  premium
Replied on Mar 29, 2014 - 09:04 UTC

just purchased premium to get useful lists. If filtering by projects is not available, this becomes rather useless...

Haakon  premium
Replied on May 15, 2014 - 07:35 UTC

Any news on this?

Replied on May 15, 2014 - 09:29 UTC

I guess they are still hoping to add this option in the future .. maybe in 5 years or so :D

omar ajili  premium
Replied on May 28, 2014 - 14:48 UTC

This is a very interesting feature.
It will be cool to use in in next updates.

Bardia Soleimanzadeh  premium
Replied on Jun 08, 2014 - 22:09 UTC

+ 1 ! Want filtering on projects !!!! =)

Hadrian McQuaig
Replied on Jun 11, 2014 - 19:57 UTC

Ditto. This is quickly becoming a deal breaker.

C  premium
Replied on Jun 16, 2014 - 10:40 UTC

Really? How is this not possible?

Martin Adams
Replied on Jun 16, 2014 - 22:19 UTC

Agree! We need a project filter! -_-;

Barret Lemaire  premium
Replied on Jun 17, 2014 - 02:26 UTC


Will Crosby  premium
Replied on Jun 21, 2014 - 17:47 UTC


Oliver Steinmeier  premium
Replied on Jun 23, 2014 - 20:09 UTC

Definitely need this to be able to look only at Work-related tasks (based on projects) while I am at work and only at Home-related tasks while I am at home. Tagging everything makes no sense.

Lucy Gordon  premium
Replied on Jun 23, 2014 - 21:26 UTC


Trish Putnam
Replied on Jun 23, 2014 - 21:45 UTC


Joe Chen  premium
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Raffi Z  premium
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Henry Agnew  premium
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 02:12 UTC

plleeeeeeeeease add it

Эден Лейн
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 10:48 UTC

+1 :-!

Josh Dingus
Replied on Jul 08, 2014 - 10:36 UTC

+1, seriously guys this is a major shortcoming....

Jiří Trnka  premium
Replied on Jul 09, 2014 - 07:44 UTC


Dave Purcell  premium
Replied on Jul 09, 2014 - 12:20 UTC

Love Todoist, but this is a huge limitation.

Haakon  premium
Replied on Jul 09, 2014 - 12:28 UTC

Is there something seriously wrong with the way Todoist is constructed, that makes it so hard to add this simple feature?

Pedro Rämos
Replied on Jul 09, 2014 - 13:27 UTC

Any news please? This is very important to a lot of users.

Carl Donaldson  premium
Replied on Jul 09, 2014 - 16:33 UTC


Archit Chandra  premium
Replied on Jul 09, 2014 - 22:08 UTC

Please add this feature.

YowSai  premium
Replied on Jul 10, 2014 - 04:19 UTC

Please add this feature.

Hartley Melamed  premium
Replied on Jul 11, 2014 - 10:38 UTC


I'd especially like to be able to exclude my "Things to read" project from my priority-based filters.

Tom Jackson  premium
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 21:57 UTC

Please allow filtering by label or searching via text within a project.

Please also ensure these are savable as Filters

Daniel Omella  premium
Replied on Jul 15, 2014 - 14:49 UTC


Replied on Jul 21, 2014 - 10:58 UTC

+1 ...it's a no go for me to switch to Todoist.

...any Release Date for this feature?

jtherry  premium
Replied on Jul 22, 2014 - 13:47 UTC

It's irritating. Please add a filter by project capability. Thanks

Replied on Jul 22, 2014 - 15:47 UTC


Or improve support for labels (e.g., mass edit) and I'll just ignore projects...

Steve McCready  premium
Replied on Jul 24, 2014 - 17:49 UTC

+1 just upgraded to premium, lack of this ability is pretty disappointing.

Replied on Jul 24, 2014 - 21:38 UTC

It seems pretty obvious that this feature is important - especially to premium users.

May we have a response from someone at Todoist? It's been 6 months since the last "future updates" response.

Leo So
Replied on Jul 25, 2014 - 00:04 UTC


Joe Chen  premium
Replied on Jul 25, 2014 - 01:37 UTC

Maybe the staffs in Todoist forget to put this item in their Todoist List :) Or maybe it is tagged as Maybe/Someday based on the GTD protocol, and has no hard or soft deadline.

Michael Köhler
Replied on Jul 27, 2014 - 21:49 UTC


Xiaoyu  premium
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Marcin Skrzypiec  premium
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Aaron Harch  premium
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Marcin Bobrowski  premium
Replied on Jul 31, 2014 - 08:45 UTC

Without this todoist is useless to me... :-( And it looks like quite simple thing to be implemented... so why we need to wait so long?

Kristian Hanssen  premium
Replied on Jul 31, 2014 - 09:24 UTC


Martin Bory
Replied on Jul 31, 2014 - 10:00 UTC

+1 why hasnt been this simple but very powerful feature implemented yet? What are you guys waiting for? More "annoyed by waiting" paying customers? C'mon!

Chad Belletete  premium
Replied on Jul 31, 2014 - 20:01 UTC

Please add the ability to filter by project.

Rob  premium
Replied on Aug 03, 2014 - 02:32 UTC

+1 when will this be added?

Dylan Eiler  premium
Replied on Aug 03, 2014 - 03:58 UTC
Raffi Z  premium
Replied on Aug 03, 2014 - 04:24 UTC

this is wonderful news!

jtherry  premium
Replied on Aug 03, 2014 - 15:22 UTC

FANTASTIC! I've spent only a few minutes so far, but it really works!!! BRAVO TODOIST.

Now roll it out to the other platforms and my joy will be complete.

Josh Dingus
Replied on Aug 03, 2014 - 15:27 UTC

Second that. Had no idea you guys were working on it. Huge plus for gtd

Marcin Bobrowski  premium
Replied on Aug 03, 2014 - 21:51 UTC

One remark - would it be possible to filter multiple word project names? E.g. if I have "First Project" and "Project" - there is no way to filter only "Project", as this is the common part of those two project names... Except of that, I'm really happy that you added this. Hope it'll be available for Android soon... :-)

Michael DiLillo  premium
Replied on Aug 07, 2014 - 17:32 UTC

Any ETA on Thunderbird, Android, and Windows implementing Project in filters? I tried to vote at http://todoist.com/Vote_iOS/showProposal/29/ and got the "Page Not Found" error. It is not efficient for me to use the web version.


Raffi Z  premium
Replied on Aug 07, 2014 - 17:33 UTC

They got rid of the ability to vote on requests.

Michael DiLillo  premium
Replied on Aug 07, 2014 - 17:36 UTC

Wow! I thought Todoist was awesome at first, but when I see the lack of response on questions by their staff I am starting to wonder.

Raffi Z  premium
Replied on Aug 07, 2014 - 17:40 UTC

They're very quick to answer questions when you need help. They just don't always give timelines for all of the different features that they are working on. After about 6 years, I still find todoist to be awesome.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Aug 07, 2014 - 17:55 UTC

Hello Michael,

This feature is already added on the web, you can use p: to search by project. We'll add it on mobile soon and then announce it everywhere.

I've announced it in a few other threads recently incl. this one: http://todoist.com/Support/show/25185/#comment_124334 I'm sorry I missed this one :-(


Michael DiLillo  premium
Replied on Aug 07, 2014 - 18:38 UTC


Thanks. I realize it is added on the web, but I use the Thunderbird version and Android. You mention it will be added to the mobile soon. Will you also add it to the Thunderbird or Windows version? I am on my computer 98% of the time. I only use the mobile version occasionally when I am out of the office.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Aug 07, 2014 - 18:51 UTC


Whenever we add something on the web, it's automatically available on every other web-based platform, that is - Outlook, Thunderbird, Postbox, Gmail, Chrome, Firefox, Windows, Mac because all of these apps and extensions connect to the web-app :-)

That said, if it doesn't work for you on these platforms, please log out and back in or clear the cache (if the platform has such option).

Which leaves only mobile where we'll add it soon. Given how much this feature was requested we wanted to at least offer it to you right-away on the web as on mobile platforms, there's always the approval process (in case of Apple) or the need to optimize a few other things for it, but rest assured, it will definitely be available there as well and then we'll of course also announce it on social media and our blog :-)


Michael DiLillo  premium
Replied on Aug 07, 2014 - 19:15 UTC


I must apologize. I didn't realize that when it was stated it was available on the web it was also available on desktop apps. I hadn't even tried to use the project filtering on these apps.

I just tried It and it works great!

Thank you very much for your quick reply!

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Aug 08, 2014 - 10:10 UTC

Hi Jonny,

The correct syntax to filter a tasks on a specific project is "p:project" (without quotes). Please try that and let me know if you run into any problems.


Эден Лейн
Replied on Aug 08, 2014 - 12:17 UTC

Thank you guys for this wonderful feature ! We really appreciate that (heart)

James Naylor  premium
Replied on Aug 23, 2014 - 19:17 UTC

Can't wait to use this on mobile. The app widgets are great - and a project based filter on mobile (I'm on Android) would make them much more useful. Another +1 here!

Han Yuan  premium
Replied on Sep 13, 2014 - 17:00 UTC

This was the feature that motivated me to sign up and go premium so thank you for that. I'm looking forward to using this on both iOS and Android (I carry two phones). The filters are very important to me!

Ron  premium
Replied on Sep 22, 2014 - 14:46 UTC

Really useful feature. BTW, filter docs at https://en.todoist.com/Help/Filtering should be updated to include this. I thought it wasn't supported until I happily found this thread.

Dmitrii Beliakov  premium
Replied on Sep 27, 2014 - 12:22 UTC

@Ron: right, filter docs are a bit obsolete.
I accidentally found this feature.

Anyway, great piece of software.

Ken Wilson  premium
Replied on Dec 02, 2014 - 12:39 UTC

Yes, please update the help section on filters. This is a huge feature that should be easier to find.
Now that I have found out how to do this, what I would love Todoist to add is the ability to 'bookmark' one or more custom filters to appear in the main list with "Inbox", Today" and "Next 7 days".

ajgon  premium
Replied on Jan 07, 2015 - 15:57 UTC

Hey, Any ETA for this feature on mobile?

Marcel Mellor  premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 15:03 UTC

To be honest, you needed *years* to implement this features and now it's there, but remains not documented in the help section for *months*? Not very professional, guys, documentation should be a natural part of your workflow. :-S

Christopher R Jones  premium
Replied on Jan 19, 2015 - 00:12 UTC

p: is tremendous! Thank you.

Lars Lorenz
Replied on Feb 11, 2015 - 10:15 UTC

I also only found out through this thread. As others said - it needs to be documented.
And ideally, you shouldn't need to refer to the documentation anyways, the app could hint at such features by for example hinting filter parameters whenever you want to create one. I only see a '?' icon, which doesn't have any functionality in the chrome app (Ubuntu)

Ernie  premium
Replied on Feb 12, 2015 - 22:37 UTC

Would also love to see this in the docs. This is a weird place to have to come to find it. It's a great feature though. Thanks for it.

jwl  premium
Replied on Feb 25, 2015 - 09:05 UTC

Just another user chiming in about this should be documented in the docs. Would have saved me some time.

Todd  premium
Replied on Feb 25, 2015 - 12:49 UTC

Yes - please update the documentation. This was hard to find.

Oldrich Kotas  premium
Replied on Feb 27, 2015 - 15:55 UTC

Cool - please update the documentation on the web, I almost gave up.

Michael Jasper  premium
Replied on Mar 24, 2015 - 22:26 UTC

I currently have two filters defined in the Windows desktop version - one is priority and label, the other is priority and project. Both work fine on the desktop (other than the name of the filter being different than what I typed in). But neither works on Android, although they both show up in the list of filters. Do filters defined on desktop NOT transfer to Android?

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Mar 24, 2015 - 22:34 UTC

Hi Michael,

The project filter is currently working on the web only, but it will be added to our mobile apps very soon. Our major updates for iOS and Android are coming!


Michael Jasper  premium
Replied on Mar 25, 2015 - 14:17 UTC

Okay - thanks. Seems like those updates have been coming soon for a very long time. I also found that the android version is pickier about syntax. On the desktop version, I can do a boolean OR by a comma -- (p1,p2). This did not work on Android - but (p1 OR p2) does work. Confusing that filters are synced between platforms (which is great) but that the syntax is different. You guys really need to document things like this.

Maciek  premium
Replied on Apr 01, 2015 - 08:17 UTC


So.. how to create "project query" ?

I've tried to use "#" sign - for example #work (filter task from project "work") - it doesn't work - even on web version.


Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Apr 01, 2015 - 08:21 UTC

HI Maciek,

Please use "p:work" instead to filter tasks under your "work" project.


Maciek  premium
Replied on Apr 01, 2015 - 15:26 UTC

@clyde: it's works - thank you :-)

If there is more "hidden" filters (not available in official FAQ)?

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Apr 01, 2015 - 15:33 UTC

Hi Maciek,

We are working on documentation now which should be available when we update our Android platform as well. We will try to include as many examples as possible :-)


Maciek  premium
Replied on Apr 01, 2015 - 15:44 UTC

@galina: Thank you for information.

Next question - how can I filter subprojects for particular projects?

For example: I have structure:

Filter p:WORK presents only results from main WORK tasks.


Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Apr 01, 2015 - 15:51 UTC

Hi Maciek,

Actually, it should show the results from the main project (Work) as well as from its sub-projects. I have just tested it once more on the web, and it returned the results from my project and sub-projects.

Are you on the web now? Which browser/app are you using?


Maciek  premium
Replied on Apr 01, 2015 - 16:15 UTC

@Galina: it's works (I made mistake)! On both - browser / app (iOS) versions.
Thanks for help :-)


Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Apr 01, 2015 - 16:16 UTC

Great to that, Maciek! :-)

Thanks a lot for letting me know!


Adrian Wilson  premium
Replied on Apr 02, 2015 - 23:19 UTC


Mark Simpson  premium
Replied on Apr 10, 2015 - 14:00 UTC

Great. What about spaces? I have projects with spaces in the name. I tried using single quotes, double quotes and brackets but none work.

It does partial matches so that's pretty cool but the whole project name would be better.

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Apr 10, 2015 - 14:58 UTC

Hi Mark,

It's recommended to use underscores instead of spaces in project titles. Could you please tell which app you are currently using?


Mark Simpson  premium
Replied on Apr 10, 2015 - 16:27 UTC

Android app and web site. I also have projects with other special characters (brackets and dashes). Not a big deal for me since most of my projects have pretty unique names.

Alternate solution that I could think of that might help someone else would be to number every project (with a prefix). That way if you have a naming scheme like:
proj1 My project
proj2 Test project 1
proj3 My to do list

You can easily create a filter like p:proj1 to get just the first one. Otherwise you'd have to do p:my or p:project which would also bring up results for one of the other 2 projects. The prefix helps in case some project names have numbers in them. In the above example p:1 will bring up the first and second project because they both contain a "1". The prefix also helps because if you just use numbers p:9 will bring up projects numbered 19, 29, 39, etc.

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Apr 10, 2015 - 16:30 UTC

Thanks for sharing your idea, Mark! It may be indeed very helpful for many users.

We will also look into improving our project filters in the future updates!


Lidor Wyssocky  premium
Replied on Apr 27, 2015 - 21:08 UTC

Please add Android support for this as well... My (new) filters show no result on Android when using the new p: option.

Lidor Wyssocky  premium
Replied on Apr 27, 2015 - 21:08 UTC

Please add Android support for this as well... My (new) filters show no result on Android when using the new p: option.

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Apr 27, 2015 - 21:13 UTC

Hi Lidor,

The p: filter will be included in our major update for Android very soon!


Valentin Tsibin  premium
Replied on May 12, 2015 - 05:40 UTC

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