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In order to use the API you will need the following details:

  • Organization slug
    • You can get this by going to 'My Organization'
  • Project slug
    • Go to the 'Projects' page. The slug for each project is listed.
  • API Key
    • Create one on your Profile page

Monitor a task from the command line

The Task Badger CLI allows you to run commands from the shell and have them monitored by Task Badger. The task status will get updated once the command completes.

Install and configure the CLI

$ python3 -m pip install taskbadger

$ taskbadger configure

Organization slug: my-org 
Project slug: project-x 

Config written to ~/.config/taskbadger/confi

Use the CLI to run and monitor the command

$ taskbadger run "demo task" \
  --action "error email" \
  -- path/to/

Task created:

If the command completes with a non-zero exit code the task status will be set to error and an email will be sent to

See more about the CLI.

Use the API directly

Install the taskbadger Python library:

$ python3 -m pip install taskbadger

Configure the API client:

import taskbadger


Export the configuration parameters:

export ORG="my-org"
export PROJECT="my-project"
export API_KEY="***"

Creating a task

Creating a task is very simple. Make a POST request to the API with the task data.

> task = Task.create("task name", stale_timeout=10)
$ curl -X POST "${ORG}/${PROJECT}/tasks/" \
  -H "Authorization: Bearer ${API_KEY}" \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
  -d '{"name": "demo task", "stale_timeout": 10}'

The response will include the task ID which is needed for updating the task.

  "id": "{task_id}",
  "organization": "my-org",
  "project": "my-project",
  "name": "demo task",
  "status": "pending",
  "value": null,
  "value_max": null,
  "value_percent": null,
  "data": null,
  "max_runtime": null,
  "stale_timeout": 10,
  "start_time": null,
  "end_time": null,
  "created": "2022-09-22T06:53:40.683555Z",
  "updated": "2022-09-22T06:53:40.683555Z"
  "url": "{example_org/tasks/{task_id}/",
  "public_url": "{task_id}/"

The task will now be listed in the task list:${ORG}/tasks/.

Update task progress

Here we update the task status and value. By default, a task's value can range from 0 to 100.

from taskbadger import StatusEnum
task.update(status=StatusEnum.PROCESSING, value=5)
$ curl -X PATCH "${ORG}/${PROJECT}/tasks/${TASK_ID}/" \
  -H "Authorization: Bearer ${API_KEY}" \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
  -d '{"status": "processing", "value": 5}'

Add an action to the task

Here we update create a new action for the task so that we get notified when the task completes.

from taskbadger import Action, EmailIntegration
$ curl -X PATCH "${ORG}/${PROJECT}/tasks/${TASK_ID}/" \
  -H "Authorization: Bearer ${API_KEY}" \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
  -d '{"actions":[{"integration":"email","trigger":"success,error","config":{"to":""}}]}'

Read more about actions.

Mark the task complete

When the task is complete update the status to either success or error. The value may also be updated to 100.

task.update(status=StatusEnum.SUCCESS, value=100)
$ curl -X PATCH "${ORG}/${PROJECT}/tasks/${TASK_ID}/" \
  -H "Authorization: Bearer ${API_KEY}" \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
  -d '{"status": "success", "value": 100}'

Also check your email to see if you got the notification.

A real example

Take a look at how to apply this to a real example.