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Using the Task Badger CLI

The CLI (command line interface) is a tool that allows you to interface with Task Badger via the shell. This makes it easy to integrate it into workflows without the need to write any code.


The CLI is bundled with the Python client library. To install it you need:

  • Python > 3.7

The recommended approach is to install the CLI into a virtual environment using pipx:

$ pipx install taskbadger

Alternatively you can install it into your user environment using pip:

$ python3 -m pip install --user taskbadger

Monitoring processes

The main feature of the CLI is the run command which allows you to track tasks that are started from the command line:

$ taskbadger run "demo task" -- path/to/

Task created:

The task status will be updated once the command completes. The task status will be success if the command has a zero exit code. Any other exit code will result in an error status and the exit code will be saved in the task data under the return_code key.

Basic commands

The CLI has a number of basic commands that allow you to interact with the Task Badger API. The commands are:

  • list - List tasks
  • get - Get a task
  • create - Create a task
  • update - Update a task

For more details on these commands run taskbadger <command> --help.


You can create actions for CLI tasks using the --action (-a) argument. The format for this argument is string with three components, separated by a space:

flowchart LR
    trigger --- integration
    integration --- config

The config parameter is a comma-separated list of key value pairs.

Here is an example:

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

If the task state becomes stale or error, use the email integration to send a notification to


The CLI requires the same configuration as the API. This can be provided in one of three ways (in order of precedence):

  1. Command line arguments
  2. Environment variables
  3. Config file

Values provided via environment variables override values in the configuration file and values provided via the command line override both environment config and the configuration file.

Details about the configuration parameters can be found here

Command line arguments

Running taskbadger -h will show you the command line help.

 $ taskbadger -h

 Usage: taskbadger [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...                                                              

 Task Badger CLI                                                                                            

╭─ Options ──────────────────────────────────────╮
 --org                 -o   TASKBADGER_ORG                                                       --project             -p   TASKBADGER_PROJECT  ╰────────────────────────────────────────────────╯

The API Key can not be provided via the command line as a security measure to prevent logging of the API Key.

Environment variables

Use the following environment variable names to configure the CLI:


Configuration file

The CLI includes a convenience command to create the configuration file. Running the configure command will prompt you for the configuration parameters and save them to the configuration file.

$ taskbadger configure

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

Config written to ~/.config/taskbadger/config