To have Taco consider a text file as a list of tasks, from the Connectors page, click “Text File.” Provide an URL to the text file containing your tasks.

Many applications can be configured to export tasks to a text file, a process which can be easily automated.

In other cases, a text file may be the primary task list itself (for example, with TaskPaper).

Text file locations

Using a file-sharing service like Google Drive/Docs, Dropbox, Box, or OneDrive? If your tasks don’t appear, it may be because the sharing URL does not actually serve the raw text file, it serves a Web page with a link to download the file. Taco does its best to detect and follow redirects to for popular file-sharing services, so that most of the time, Taco knows how to retrieve the raw file.

However, if your tasks don’t appear, see Direct linking to your files on Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive or the equivalent instructions for the file-sharing service you use. Give Taco the URL to the raw text file.


The text file should contain one task per line. Lines beginning with # (a pound sign) are ignored as comments.

That’s it.

TaskPaper (optional)

If the URL contains taskpaper or ends in .tp, Taco will consider the file to be in TaskPaper format. Taco will only consider lines beginning with - (and will remove that from the label) and will ignore tasks tagged with @done.