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Markdown Support?

I would like to know if Todoist currently supports or plans to support "Markdown" formatting in the future? http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/

Bill Gelbaugh

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Jul 30, 2012 - 12:35 UTC

Hello Bill,

you can currently format the name of your task with bold, italic, underlined or highlighted text. For more details, please refer to this page: https://todoist.com/Help/viewHelp?page=format_syntax

You're welcome to add your vote for this request in our Votebox: http://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/440/

Best regards,

John Winstanley  premium
Replied on Dec 15, 2012 - 10:48 UTC


I realist that for the majority of your users markdown means nothing but for some of us it is almost muscle memory now and it would be great to have the option to not have to learn another syntax.

I've voted. Thanks.

Replied on Jul 24, 2013 - 16:28 UTC

I agree with John, changing the bold and italic, etc to be the same as markdown shouldn't be too much work and a lot of people (like us) would be eternally grateful

Kakaxa  premium
Replied on Jul 26, 2013 - 21:36 UTC


Justin Maxwell  premium
Replied on Aug 27, 2013 - 00:32 UTC

+1, please add support for markdown, it is an industry standard whereas the markup todoist uses now is not. Exactly what John W. said — muscle memory. I'm a paid user if that matters any.

Mike Greiner  premium
Replied on Nov 17, 2013 - 20:44 UTC

+1, agree. Also, the current keyboard shortcuts conflict with keyboard navigation on the Mac -- particularly ctrl-b.

Replied on Nov 17, 2013 - 21:15 UTC

Keyboard shortcuts should be customizable, they also conflict with Sublime Text.

Mathias Böni
Replied on Apr 12, 2014 - 17:06 UTC

+1 :-)

Jonathan Dewe
Replied on May 24, 2014 - 05:45 UTC


Steve Clarke  premium
Replied on May 24, 2014 - 14:34 UTC


修平 永田  premium
Replied on Jun 30, 2014 - 10:22 UTC


Sergei Kuharev
Replied on Jul 19, 2014 - 12:05 UTC


Shawn Lee
Replied on Aug 04, 2014 - 15:10 UTC


David Rodrigues
Replied on Aug 05, 2014 - 04:23 UTC


David Rodrigues
Replied on Aug 05, 2014 - 18:58 UTC

Full support for Markdown is not necessary, really.
But be cool to support it in the task contents itself.

What could be supported initially:

* Bold: using **hello** instead of !!hello!!;
* Italic: using *hello* instead of __hello__;
* Italic Bold: using ***hello*** instead of __!!hello!!__ (I don't know if it works);
* Monospaced: using `hello`;
* Links: [check it](http://google.com/);

And the priority and tags continues to work normally.


David Rodrigues
Replied on Aug 05, 2014 - 18:59 UTC

The only problem is that it would be necessary to convert the formatting applied to all currently existent projects, since both styles are incompatible.

PA Buisson  premium
Replied on Oct 12, 2014 - 13:21 UTC

The link syntax is particularly annoying when you're used to markdown. I always need to search through Todoist documentation to find the appropriate syntax.

Graham Nanke
Replied on Oct 17, 2014 - 21:48 UTC

love this idea,

you could have a selection on what is used for formatting (to remove the incompaatablities of the todoist language and Markdown)

In settings:

I would like to author my tasks in:
[ ] markdown
[ ] todoist code

+2 Voted!

John Winstanley  premium
Replied on Nov 11, 2014 - 19:58 UTC

Any news on MD support yet? Thanks

Noah Kareus  premium
Replied on Nov 14, 2014 - 07:08 UTC

It's surprising to see that this request is two years old now.


It would be great to have markdown support

Vadim Zee  premium
Replied on Jan 04, 2015 - 08:21 UTC

Voting +1!
Markdown support in task notes сould be really helpful

Jamie Jenkins  premium
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 21:11 UTC


Jamie Jenkins  premium
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 21:11 UTC


Adrian  premium
Replied on Feb 04, 2015 - 06:42 UTC

+whateverittakes, appending Graham Nanke's suggestion

joshharder  premium
Replied on Feb 08, 2015 - 20:00 UTC


Graham Nanke
Replied on Feb 12, 2015 - 23:48 UTC

3 months later and i am +1'ing my own post... again

kleerkoat  premium
Replied on Apr 08, 2015 - 22:55 UTC


Cédric Aellen  premium
Replied on May 09, 2015 - 11:22 UTC


Andreas Knoor  premium
Replied on May 13, 2015 - 06:29 UTC

Markdown support would be very helpful for formatting notes!

Steven Ovadia  premium
Replied on May 26, 2015 - 10:45 UTC


Almir Mendes  premium
Replied on Jun 05, 2015 - 01:12 UTC

I agree! +1 ^_^

William Ashworth  premium
Replied on Jun 16, 2015 - 01:38 UTC

New (paying) customer today. Actually, I can't believe this isn't supported yet. If it is, I don't know about it, and it would be great if you could post an update here for us.

I really need to be able to format the "notes" section of tasks. Badly. Plain text won't cut it for our team of ~4 people.

+11111 !!

Stefan Karpinski  premium
Replied on Jun 22, 2015 - 14:56 UTC

I'd also love to have Markdown support for notes.

Mihai Bîrsan  premium
Replied on Jul 06, 2015 - 09:47 UTC


Lars Martin Bogen  premium
Replied on Jul 07, 2015 - 14:54 UTC


Goran Gasic
Replied on Aug 03, 2015 - 13:08 UTC


Curtis Spendlove
Replied on Aug 04, 2015 - 21:54 UTC


PA Buisson  premium
Replied on Aug 05, 2015 - 08:07 UTC

No answer from any Todoist staff member for 3 years, despite the several +1. Guys, any thoughts about this ? Any chance this can be considered, or none at all ?

kleerkoat  premium
Replied on Aug 05, 2015 - 10:33 UTC

honestly, since it would be so easy to implement, I've lost interest in Todoist.

not because it's not a good service/tool but the amount of +1's when there already is a basic syntax there already that would just need to be tweaked slightly to conform to basic MD.


not a deal breaker by any means but I'm just moving on for personal reasons, not having markdown. is #1 considering the lag in implementation.

why should we wait for something so simple when there are other services that are just as good and would have had it worked in within a month with a response list like this. smh

John Winstanley  premium
Replied on Aug 05, 2015 - 17:32 UTC

@kleerkoat What alternative app are you considering? I'm still looking for todoist to implement MD but like you I think it is never going to happen.

kleerkoat  premium
Replied on Aug 05, 2015 - 18:51 UTC

@john I never settled on one/or found one that fit all my needs. my first need is easy Evernote integration with emails. Simple enough with emailing to Evernote but that doesn't really have to do with having Markdown support.

I'm still on the hunt for the best mix of emailing tasks and taking notes within the task with MD. Bonus would be subtasks.

Everything else I have tried has been a clump of different services. None of which meets my end goal but they its working for me, minus the MD.

So far this is the best I have come up with my two main needs, on IOS I use CloudMail which has a nice export window for an email that allows me to pick a notebook to save it in and then choose a tags, "swipes" which then triggers EVN to add it to my Swipes todo app. It adds the event and has some syntax to add to the subject for due date, priority, etc.

Now if I want go and take MD notes in the email I goto my Mac and use Alternote which is basically a stripped down Evernote client with some simple markdown syntax for now, more being added later. While I'm on my Mac if I get an email I use Airmail which send sends it to EVN/Alternote for MD stuff.

Really there doesn't seem to be a silver bullet that covers everything. Hell there isn't even a really good IOS and Mac email that are from the same dev as far as I know.

Now depending on if your needs mirror this, I have used a web app called Marxico, a small fee a year. but it will allow you to write MD and sync it with notebooks and tags within EVN.

I have used that as well to write something in MD, add the tag "swipes" and it will show up in my Swipes list upon sync.

I wish I had a better answer for you and myself.

Todoist and Swipes are very good apps in this category. I have lost touch with Todoist over the past month or so, I can fall into a rabbit hole on the hunt for hunting for the si ;-) lver bullet that will probably never come.

kleerkoat  premium
Replied on Aug 05, 2015 - 18:59 UTC

I will add this as a final thought. I try and keep as much as I can in plain text.

One thing that really got me into Swipes is that it will add all the todo boxes in a note as subtasks which is really nice.

So if you use Evernote and you have one main note with a bunch of todos in it each will be added as a child.

good luck.

and this writing is by no means a trash talk about Todoist, why are there so many todo list options out there? everyone has there own way. I'm not upset I have a premium account. but the negligence on this topic has really turned me off as "looking to the future" option.

kleerkoat  premium
Replied on Aug 05, 2015 - 19:01 UTC

hell, by the time they ever implement MD, people will be asking for TaskPaper or FoldingText. ;-)

Андрей  premium
Replied on Aug 05, 2015 - 20:26 UTC


Michael Bladowski  premium
Replied on Sep 17, 2015 - 14:29 UTC


Ivar Kruuser  premium
Replied on Sep 29, 2015 - 18:23 UTC

gamechanger for a lot of people I guess. Todoist Staff, any answer / estimates?

Allan Christensen  staff
Replied on Sep 29, 2015 - 21:30 UTC

Hi Ivar,

We have discussed it and it's on our radar, but no plans to implement it at the moment.


Michael Bladowski  premium
Replied on Sep 30, 2015 - 19:27 UTC

hey allan, this issue is older than 3 years, and you still tell us "at the moment"... thats really a slap into your customers face... ;-((( there are other services they won´t even start without a good markup you really think that some "bold" and "italic" and some stupid smilies is enough for the people... wow... why listen to customers... i mean, poeple who pay your job.... thats very frustrating with you guys..... X-(

Ivar Kruuser  premium
Replied on Sep 30, 2015 - 20:06 UTC

Hi Allan, thanks for the fast answer. I hope this will get some more priority soon. Still happy with the rest of your service so far ;)

Allan Christensen  staff
Replied on Sep 30, 2015 - 21:18 UTC

Hey guys,

I understand you are frustrated, but we cannot add every feature requested then we'll end up with a super complex product with a ton of buttons, whistle and bells.

I know markdown has been a topic for years, so has calendar, so has Gantt Chart, so has starting dates and I could keep going.

Adding everything customers want is not the solution to a great product that would make all customers happy.

It's a catch-22, when we add something we're exposed to a shit storm for doing it because many people don't like changes and when we don't add something we're accused for not listening to our customers.

With almost 6 million users it's really hard to create something that live up to everybody's expectations and at some point you learn that you can't regardless of how much you truly want to. :-( This said, we do our utmost everyday to improve the product and create a better user experience.

@Ivar - pleased to read that you like the product apart for this lack. :-)


Andreas Knoor  premium
Replied on Oct 01, 2015 - 07:12 UTC

Hello Allan,

Thank you so much for this honest answer. I totally understand that simplicity is one of the most important values of your software. Balancing simplicity and customer feature requests is probably one of the hardest things in software product management, because implementing every (or all most wanted) features lead to complex software that nobody likes at the end (like Mircosoft Word).

So how should this be managed without a lot of frustration on the customer side?

From my point of view an honest and regular communication (like your post) is a great starting point. Perhaps some kind of FAQ regarding your feature request process would also help to manage customer expectations.
Last but not least a structured feature voting process (in combination with the FAQ for excpection management) could help Todoist and the customers to improve the software.