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Michel-orgmode is a fork of michel which serves as a bridge between an org-mode textfile and a google-tasks task list. It can push/pull org-mode text files to/from google tasks.



At the first run, you will be shown a URL. Click it, and authorize michel. You're done!

The authorization token is stored in $XDG_DATA_HOME/michel/oauth.dat. This is the only information stored.


Michel keeps it simple. It only has two commands: pull [list name]

Print the named (or default if no name is given) task list on the standard output. push <> [list name]

Replace the named (or default if no name is given) task list with the contents of


This script currently only supports a subset of the org-mode format. The following elements are mapped mapped between google-tasks and an org-mode file:

  • Indented Tasks <-> Number of preceding asterisks
  • Task Notes <-> Headline's body text
  • Checked-off / crossed-out <-> Headline is marked as DONE

How to

Here is how michel can be used. A crontask pulls every 15 minutes the default TODO list, and another one displays a notification during 10 seconds every hour (requires notify-send).

*/15 * * * * /path/to/ pull > /tmp/TODO && mv /tmp/TODO ~/.TODO
0 * * * * DISPLAY=":0.0" notify-send -t 10000 TODO "$(cat ~/.TODO)"

After you modify your TODO list, don't forget to push it! push .TODO

If this trick is not working, it is probably because the variable PATH does not contains /usr/local/bin in crontab. You might want to set it manually. See 'man 5 crontab'.

Installation Dependencies

The script runs under Linux (not tested on other platforms yet). To run the script, you need to install the following dependencies:



  • License: Public Domain
  • Original author: Christophe-Marie Duquesne (blog post)
  • Author of org-mode version: Mark Edgington (bitbucket site)


Patches are welcome, as long as they keep the source simple and short.