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PHP Task/Todo list

Published: 12-09-2012 | Author: 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.

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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:

Tags: json , list , php , software , task , todo