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Adding task via email - date not appearing



when i add the task by sending an email from my mail box and mention <today> or <tomorrow> in the subject or in the mail body it does not set the date in the task.

Base point, i am unable to set the date of the task while sending the task from Email to the project email even though i mention today or tomorrow in the mail subject / body

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David Trey  staff
Replied on May 13, 2013 - 11:55 UTC


The correct syntax to add due dates through an email is <date ...> so, in the cases you've mentioned, you must type <date today> or <date tomorrow> within the subject or the body of the message.

For detailed information about this feature, please right-click on a project, choose "Email tasks to this project" and you'll see an explanation of the available options in this window.

Best regards,

vineetkdixit  premium
Replied on May 13, 2013 - 15:46 UTC

Thanks David.

Got it.

Jeff Carroll
Replied on May 23, 2013 - 13:38 UTC

I think you're documentation should be updated to include an actual example. I did not interpret the syntax the way you are explaining it here.

David Trey  staff
Replied on May 23, 2013 - 14:01 UTC

Hello Jeff,

Both cases I've mentioned above are included in the documentation and highlighted in yellow, but we will consider adding more date examples there in future updates.

Best regards,

Ronald Nolte
Replied on Sep 20, 2013 - 21:10 UTC

I ran into this same issue. Can you point me to the documentation you are referring to?

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Sep 20, 2013 - 21:50 UTC


Right click on a project, and choose Email Tasks To This Project. You should see the first paragraph.

Set due dates
Set due dates directly from your email client. Simply include <date tomorrow> in either the subject or the body of the email. You can use all of Todoist's dates such as <date every day>.
Read more about Todoist dates...


Robert Carlin
Replied on Sep 22, 2013 - 06:06 UTC

Love this feature it's a great way to capture everything in Todoist!

Alexandra Soroca
Replied on Oct 31, 2013 - 14:36 UTC

Writing in this thread in order not create a new one. Hope that's okay.

There is a problem with adding date to tasks sent via email. If I add the date to the subject line, it is not parsed as a date. Instead I get things like: "My task <date tomor", "My task <date 10/>" or even "My task <d">. No date is set, of course.

The date is only parsed correctly if I put it in the body of the email.

This happens when I send mail from a Gmail account. It doesn't matter which app I use for that (desktop app, mobile gmail app, web gmail interface). I didn't check if the same happens with other mail providers.

I thought you might want to check that.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Oct 31, 2013 - 17:09 UTC

Hi Alexandra,

What is the exact date you tried to enter within the task name? We do only support so many syntaxs at the time, though we are improving it all the time.

If you try another date does it still happen?


Alexandra Soroca
Replied on Oct 31, 2013 - 20:59 UTC

Since I was not adding actual tasks, but was rather trying to see how it worked, I did everything per the instruction. I tried entering <date tomorrow> and <date 10/11>, and the result was the same: the end of it got chopped off and the beginning stayed with the task name. This way I got tasks: "My task <date tomor", "My task <date 10/>" etc. The dates were not assigned to them.

Only when I put the date in the email body it gave me the expected result.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Oct 31, 2013 - 22:24 UTC

Hello Alexandra,

Unfortunately, we can't reproduce this issue. I just sent a task through an empty email with a subject line: "Test task <date tomorrow>" and it arrived as a task named "Test task" with the correctly assigned date due tomorrow.

Please tell me - was this all that you've had in this email? Did you try to add multiple dates in one email/task? If not, please forward one such email to david@doist.io and brendon@doist.io

Best regards,

Alexandra Soroca
Replied on Nov 01, 2013 - 12:45 UTC

Hello David!

It seems the problem arises only when non-latin characters are used.

I tried sending "Test task <date tomorrow>" and it went okay.
I tried sending "Bună ziua <date tomorrow>" and it went okay as well (so extended Latin characters are okay, too).
I tried sending "Тестовая задача <date tomorrow>" and got "Тестовая задача <date tomor" in the Inbox instead of a task with a due date.

I can still forward a couple of emails with Cyrillic tasks if you wish, just in case.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Nov 01, 2013 - 12:48 UTC


Thank you very much for this information, now I've been able to reproduce it. I've passed this to the developers and we'll look into this as soon as we can.

Best regards,

Alexandra Soroca
Replied on Nov 01, 2013 - 12:49 UTC

Thank you, David!

Arjan Broere  premium
Replied on Nov 04, 2013 - 15:21 UTC

The context and due date work but is it correct that I am not able to add a priority via the subject in the mail? Ik kan add !p1 in the webbrowser when I add a task but that does not seem to work for the mail-feature.



David Trey  staff
Replied on Nov 05, 2013 - 18:27 UTC

Hello Arjan,

Yes, unfortunately it's not possible to set a priority directly through adding a task via email. We'll look into implementing this option in future updates.

Best regards,