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PHP Task/Todo list

12-09-2012 | Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article

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This is a task/todo list written in PHP. It uses a JSON text file for the tasks, and the visual side is created with the HTML5 Kickstart framework by Joshua Gatcke.

Why use this over something like remember the milk, wunderlist or any other cloud service?
  • No ads
  • Nobody selling your data
  • Nobody monitoring your activity
  • Data is easy to get out (no vendor lock-in) and to backup.
  • Offline mode? Host it on your local machine with a LAMP/WAMP/MAMP server.
  • Sync? Use a syncing service on the hosts (owncloud and sparkleshare are quite good) and point the program to a json file in that folder.
  • Offline sync? Combine above 2 points, or put the software in a git, svn or other version control system repo.


  • Task can now have priorities
  • Task can now have a due date
  • Thrash bin for deleted tasks is added
  • Task list is now sortable
  • Layout change, more space for tasks
  • Days left / days late is now shown
  • i18n added, ships with dutch and english by default.
  • Initial release
  • Add tasks
  • Remove tasks
  • Edit tasks
  • Finished tasks


  • Add/Remove/Update tasks
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Due date on tasks, time left/late shown.
  • Trash bin for deleted tasks
  • No database required
  • i18n (Dutch and english by default).

Planned features

  • Context/Category field
  • Email reminders


Either git clone the github repo:

git clone git://

Or download the zipfile from github:

Or download the zipfile from


Unzip the file and upload to the web-directory (public_html, /var/www/, /srv/httpd etc..) and make sure that the webserver can write to the json file (chown www-data:www-data task.json or chmow 777 task.json).


see license.txt.

Links HTML5 Kickstart:

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