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pypm install taskreport

How to install taskreport

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  3. Type pypm install taskreport
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version 1.2.1 on May 2nd, 2013


Taskreport is a simple tool to generate HTML reports from your Taskwarrior task list and send them by email.

The list of features includes:

  • generating an html report containing the sections defined in the configuration file.
  • sending the report to one or more email addresses (using the SMTP credentials defined in the configuration file).
  • outputting the report to a local file.
  • customizing the generated html with a template (using the Jinja template engine).
  • inlining the CSS inside the HTML so that email clients which do not support external CSS can render the report gracefully.

You have several options to install Taskreport:

  • use pip install taskreport or easy_install taskreport to install directly from the Python Package Index.
  • use python setup.py install from the package archive

Note: You will need to install Jinja to be able to use the templating feature (this is optional).


A sample configuration file is distributed with this package and should be located at share/config.sample. All the configuration options are commented. By default, taskreport tries to look at ~/.taskreport for the configuration file. You can specify another location by using the -c command-line option.

The configuration file contains:

  • a SMTP section for the SMTP credentials of the account to be used to send the report email
  • a MAIL section to define the email subject and recipient(s)
  • one section for each section to be included in the report: the section name in the configuration file will become the section title in the generated HTML. The section should only contain one filter option which should follow Taskwarrior's filtering syntax: this option will be fed directly to Taskwarrior to generate the list of tasks to include in the report.
  • each section can also (optionally) include an order option to specify how the tasks should be ordered within a section. This option consists in a space-separated list of keys, each key followed by a plus or a minus sign. This indicates by order of precedence the key by which the tasks should be ordered. The plus or the minus sign indicates if the order for the key it is attached to should be increasing or decreasing. For example, priority- due- means that the tasks should be ordered by decreasing priority, and in cases of ties by decreasing due date.
Command-line options

The available command line options and their meaning can be found by typing taskreport -h. Certain options can be defined both in the configuration file and on the command-line. For those options, the command-line has precedence over the configuration file.


Using a template is optional: Taskreport has a basic default layout. If you wish to customize the layout, you can specify the location of a template file by using the -t option on the command line.

The template file will be rendered by the Jinja template engine and thus must comply to Jinja's syntax. You should refer to Jinja's official documentation for more details.

The template file will receive as an environment variable a section_list variable. This is a list of dictionaries, one for each section. A section's dictionary contains two keys: title for the section title, and task_list which is a JSON object containing the output you would get by using Taskwarrior's export command with this section's filter rule.

A sample template file located at share/email_template.html should have been distributed with this package. A more advanced template share/showcase_template.html is also included to showcase a more complex scenario. The output produced by this template on a sample set of tasks can be seen at share/showcase.html.

Bugs, comments

This tool, although simple, might contain bugs or might be missing important features. For bug reports or feature requests, feel free to contact us at <task.report.python@gmail.com>.


  • Fix a bug in annotations introduced by previous release
  • Make taskreport compliant with task versions < 2.1.0 (thanks to John West)
  • Add a passwd_command option to specify a command which outputs the smtp password, to avoid having to write it in clear text in the configuration file.
  • Fix report encoding
  • Inline CSS before sending emails (new dependency: inlinestyler)
  • Add an order option in task sections in the config file to specify a a custom order for tasks
  • Fix html escaping
  • Initial relase

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Last updated May 2nd, 2013

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