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Importing a list of Tasks


I have a list of tasks on Gmail tasks. How can I import these? When I created the account I used the google account information but it did not import the tasks.

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Feb 04, 2014 - 16:20 UTC

Hi Jaime,

We do not sync/import with any other service at this time. You can use the Premium feature of Templates (wrench icon top right within the project, export as template/import) but that is a simple TXT file. You would need to formate it as 1 line - 1 task

We will consider adding more import features in the future.


Frank  premium
Replied on Feb 28, 2014 - 18:50 UTC

Thank you
+1 for Import

In a service I used to use it supported task import by sending an email to your account.
I would use Excel to generate a big list of tasks.
Dates were calculated, task names were generated then I'd format it for the email and so quickly I could populate dozens of task with their dates, importance, which list (project) they belonged to, etc. It was epic and saved probably hours of input per month.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 28, 2014 - 20:54 UTC

Hello Frank,

You can send tasks via email to Todoist. Right-click on any project and go to "Email tasks to this project" for more details about this feature and the unique email address for this project :-)

Best regards,

Frank  premium
Replied on Mar 08, 2014 - 17:52 UTC

The point of emailing tasks used to be the ability to add a task when your task manager was out of reach.
Todoist (and good job on this!) is already just about everywhere.

The point is to add a large number of tasks at once.

I generate dozens and dozens of tasks in a spreadsheet but I don't use todoist for them as the benefit wouldn't outweigh the work to do it so there they sit and are managed.

Please change the format so that multiple tasks can be in the body of the email

It's just an extra step in its current format.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Mar 09, 2014 - 12:56 UTC

Hello Frank,

If you want to import tasks from a spreadsheet, you can also copy/paste them to a TXT file, and import as a template. One line in this document will become one task.

Best regards,

Frank  premium
Replied on Mar 09, 2014 - 19:28 UTC

Thanks. This looks very promising but I see no help on the topic.
Where can I read about all the syntax for these templates?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Mar 09, 2014 - 23:28 UTC


There is no documentation for it, but you can create a project, add one task to it with a note a label and a date and then export it - you'll see how it's formatted in the TXT file :-) We'll consider creating documentation for it in the future.

Best regards,

ecriswell  premium
Replied on Apr 30, 2014 - 19:58 UTC

Can this be done from within a mobile TD app (iOS in my case), or does one have to use the web interface to import a list of tasks?


David Trey  staff
Replied on Apr 30, 2014 - 20:25 UTC

Hello Erin,

Our importing option is currently only available on the web-version of Todoist.

Best regards,

Geert Freyhoff  premium
Replied on Aug 31, 2014 - 09:37 UTC

Here is a workaround for Google Tasks:

- Select print in one of your task lists in Google tasks
- Select all of the text on the printing page
- Copy paste that into a text document
- Import this as a template into Todoist (only available in Premium)

- This imports only the text, but not due dates etc.
- The import of Todoist cuts the strings at any special character, like ü ö ä etc. Perhaps that at least could be solved by the staff

Best, Geert

Chris Harris
Replied on Sep 29, 2014 - 13:49 UTC
Ryan Walls
Replied on Nov 12, 2014 - 14:13 UTC

https://todoport.com worked for me. Thanks Chris!

Chris Harris
Replied on Nov 12, 2014 - 15:06 UTC

Welcome! I will say the vast majority of usage of Todoport is people moving into Todoist - a testament to Todoist's user experience :-)

Lee Herman  premium
Replied on Dec 02, 2014 - 18:24 UTC

I'm pretty pleased with the Import template function for pulling in a list of tasks - took a file listing and updated an exported template with the list and pasted labels and due dates and pulled them all in successfully. I will probably use this for entering tasks for new large projects as it is much faster than the modal interfaces in Todoist. I have to agree with Frank that a simple help file as a syntax reference would be helpful.

Roy Eksteen
Replied on May 17, 2015 - 15:06 UTC

Without a simple import function I will stick to Google Tasks, as tedious as GT is.

Lee Herman  premium
Replied on May 17, 2015 - 16:21 UTC

Roy - I'm not sure what you are finding not simple about the import function - it's just a text file. If you export a project with tasks with the various fields (date, priority, labels), it's easy to see the format of the text files and create them in a simple text editor. Really very fast - just some typing and cutting and pasting to set up the attributes. The import into a project. Not trying to argue, I've just found it works really easily and I have several that I use frequently.