Importing To-Dos From Other Apps

Last Updated: Oct 10, 2018 10:45AM CEST

Here’s how you can import your to-dos from other apps into Things.

This page is about importing to-dos on the Mac. To import to-dos on your iPhone or iPad directly from Wunderlist and Todoist, open Things and tap Settings > Import.

How to Use the AppleScripts

Some of the import options below require you to download an AppleScript. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download the AppleScript you’d like to use via the Download AppleScript link.
  2. Locate the downloaded file and double-click it. This will launch the AppleScript Editor .
  3. In the toolbar, click the ▶ Run button.

Import from Wunderlist

Mac

Your lists are imported as Projects in Things, but some of them might be better off as Areas. Consider creating a new area and moving your tasks over. Repeating tasks are imported, but are not set to repeat, please re-create them inside Things. The importer will ask you to log into your Wunderlist account so we can transfer your to-dos into Things.

  1. On your Mac, open Things.
  2. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click File > Import From > Import From Wunderlist.
iPad
  1. On your iPad, open Things.
  2. Go to > Import > Import from Wunderlist.
iPhone
  1. On your iPhone, open Things.
  2. Go to Settings > Import > Import from Wunderlist.

Import from OmniFocus 2 or 3 (Pro)

Imports projects and to-dos with due dates and notes, converts top-level folders to areas, and contexts to tags. Once downloaded, you’ll need to right-click this app to run it. Please note that only the Pro version of OmniFocus provides AppleScript support, so it will only work if you have that version installed.

Download Importer for OF 2 Pro

Download Importer for OF 3 Pro

Import from Apple Reminders

To import from Apple Reminders, please have a look at this page.

Import from Todoist

Mac

Imports to-dos and projects. Projects with children will become projects in Things; projects without children will become Areas in Things. Repeating to-dos are converted to normal to-dos and you have to make them repeat manually. Labels become tags.

  1. On your Mac, open Things.
  2. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click File > Import From > Import From Todoist.
iPad
  1. On your iPad, open Things.
  2. Go to > Import > Import from Todoist.
iPhone
  1. On your iPhone, open Things.
  2. Go to Settings > Import > Import from Todoist.

Import from Outlook for Mac

When you run the script, you’ll be provided with some options for including projects, completed to-dos, categories, and priorities. Notes will be imported as HTML markup.

Download AppleScript

Import from Toodledo

Uses a Toodledo XML export file. Imports to-dos with due dates, notes, and contexts as tags. Creates projects from your project folders. To-dos without a project go into the Next list.

Download AppleScript

Import from a plaintext file

Creates a to-do for each line in a plaintext file. If you hit ⇥ Tab after a title, the text that follows will be imported as a note: title ⇥ Tab note

Download AppleScript

Copy and paste text

If you quickly want to convert a simple list from an app like Apple Notes, Apple Mail or any other text app into to-dos in Things, here's how:

Mac
  • Copy a plain text list and hit ⌘ Cmd + V inside Things. Each line of text will be converted into a separate to-do.
  • Copy a plain text list and hit ⌘ Cmd + V inside an open to-do. The first line of text will be converted into the title of your to-do, the rest of the text will be added to the notes of the to-do.
iPad
  • Copy a plain text list and hit in the top right corner in Things. Each line of text will be converted into a separate to-do.
  • Copy a plain text list, tap into the title of a new to-do in Things, and hit in the top right corner. The first line of text will be converted into the title of your to-do, the rest of the text will be added to the notes of the to-do.
iPhone
  • Copy a plain text list and hit in the top right corner in Things. Each line of text will be converted into a separate to-do.
  • Copy a plain text list, tap into the title of a new to-do in Things, and hit in the top right corner. The first line of text will be converted into the title of your to-do, the rest of the text will be added to the notes of the to-do.


 

If you have written an AppleScript to import data from other apps, let us know.



 

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