• Show aliases on task --list --silent (task --ls). This means that aliases will be completed by the completion scripts (#919).
  • Tasks in the root Taskfile will now be displayed first in --list/--list-all output (#806, #890).
  • It's now possible to call a default task in an included Taskfile by using just the namespace. For example: docs:default is now automatically aliased to docs (#661, #815).


  • Add a "Did you mean ...?" suggestion when a task does not exits another one with a similar name is found (#867, #880).
  • Now YAML parse errors will print which Taskfile failed to parse (#885, #887).
  • Add ability to set aliases for tasks and namespaces (#268, #340, #879).
  • Improvements to Fish shell completion (#897).
  • Added ability to set a different watch interval by setting interval: '500ms' or using the --interval=500ms flag (#813, #865).
  • Add colored output to --list, --list-all and --summary flags (#845, #874).
  • Fix unexpected behavior where label: was being shown instead of the task name on --list (#603, #877).

v3.16.0 - 2022-09-29

  • Add npm as new installation method: npm i -g @go-task/cli (#870, #871, npm package).
  • Add support to marking tasks and includes as internal, which will hide them from --list and --list-all (#818).

v3.15.2 - 2022-09-08

  • Fix error when using variable in env: introduced in the previous release (#858, #866).
  • Fix handling of CLI_ARGS (--) in Bash completion (#863).
  • On zsh completion, add ability to replace --list-all with --list as already possible on the Bash completion (#861).

v3.15.0 - 2022-09-03

  • Add new special variables ROOT_DIR and TASKFILE_DIR. This was a highly requested feature (#215, #857, Documentation).
  • Follow symlinks on sources (#826, #831).
  • Improvements and fixes to Bash completion (#835, #844).

v3.14.1 - 2022-08-03

  • Always resolve relative include paths relative to the including Taskfile (#822, #823).
  • Fix ZSH and PowerShell completions to consider all tasks instead of just the public ones (those with descriptions) (#803).

v3.14.0 - 2022-07-08

  • Add ability to override the .task directory location with the TASK_TEMP_DIR environment variable.
  • Allow to override Task colors using environment variables: TASK_COLOR_RESET, TASK_COLOR_BLUE, TASK_COLOR_GREEN, TASK_COLOR_CYAN, TASK_COLOR_YELLOW, TASK_COLOR_MAGENTA and TASK_COLOR_RED (#568, #792).
  • Fixed bug when using the output: group mode where STDOUT and STDERR were being print in separated blocks instead of in the right order (#779).
  • Starting on this release, ARM architecture binaries are been released to Snap as well (#795).
  • i386 binaries won't be available anymore on Snap because Ubuntu removed the support for this architecture.
  • Upgrade, which fixes a bug with associative arrays (#785, mvdan/sh#884, mvdan/sh#893).

v3.13.0 - 2022-06-13

  • Added -n as an alias to --dry (#776, #777).
  • Fix behavior of interrupt (SIGINT, SIGTERM) signals. Task will now give time for the processes running to do cleanup work (#458, #479, #728, #769).
  • Add new --exit-code (-x) flag that will pass-through the exit form the command being ran (#755).

v3.12.1 - 2022-05-10

  • Fixed bug where, on Windows, variables were ending with \r because we were only removing the final \n but not \r\n (#717).

v3.12.0 - 2022-03-31

  • The --list and --list-all flags can now be combined with the --silent flag to print the task names only, without their description (#691).
  • Added support for multi-level inclusion of Taskfiles. This means that included Taskfiles can also include other Taskfiles. Before this was limited to one level (#390, #623, #656).
  • Add ability to specify vars when including a Taskfile. Check out the documentation for more information. (#677).

v3.11.0 - 2022-02-19

v3.10.0 - 2022-01-04

  • A new --list-all (alias -a) flag is now available. It's similar to the exiting --list (-l) but prints all tasks, even those without a description (#383, #401).
  • It's now possible to schedule cleanup commands to run once a task finishes with the defer: keyword (Documentation, #475, #626).
  • Remove long deprecated and undocumented $ variable prefix and ^ command prefix (#642, #644, #645).
  • Add support for .yaml extension (as an alternative to .yml). This was requested multiple times throughout the years. Enjoy! (#183, #184, #369, #584, #621).
  • Fixed error when computing a variable when the task directory do not exist yet (#481, #579).

v3.9.2 - 2021-12-02

v3.9.1 - 2021-11-28

  • Add logging in verbose mode for when a task starts and finishes (#533, #588).
  • Fix an issue with preconditions and context errors (#597, #598).
  • Quote each {{.CLI_ARGS}} argument to prevent one with spaces to become many (#613).
  • Fix nil pointer when cmd: was left empty (#612, #614).
  • Upgrade mvdan/sh which contains two relevant fixes:
  • Fix quote of empty strings in shellQuote (#609, mvdan/sh#763).
  • Fix issue of wrong environment variable being picked when there's another very similar one (#586, mvdan/sh#745).
  • Install shell completions automatically when installing via Homebrew (#264, #592, go-task/homebrew-tap#2).

v3.9.0 - 2021-10-02

v3.8.0 - 2021-09-26

  • Add interactive: true setting to improve support for interactive CLI apps (#217, #563).
  • Fix some nil errors (#534, #573).
  • Add ability to declare an included Taskfile as optional (#519, #552).
  • Add support for including Taskfiles in the home directory by using ~ (#539, #557).

v3.7.3 - 2021-09-04

v3.7.0 - 2021-07-31

  • Add run: setting to control if tasks should run multiple times or not. Available options are always (the default), when_changed (if a variable modified the task) and once (run only once no matter what). This is a long time requested feature. Enjoy! (#53, #359).

v3.6.0 - 2021-07-10

  • Allow using both sources: and status: in the same task (#411, #427, #477).
  • Small optimization and bug fix: don't compute variables if not needed for dotenv: (#517).

v3.5.0 - 2021-07-04

  • Add support for interpolation in dotenv: (#433, #434, #453).

v3.4.3 - 2021-05-30

  • Add support for the NO_COLOR environment variable. (#459, fatih/color#137).
  • Fix bug where sources were not considering the right directory in --watch mode (#484, #485).

v3.4.2 - 2021-04-23

  • On watch, report which file failed to read (#472).
  • Do not try to catch SIGKILL signal, which are not actually possible (#476).
  • Improve version reporting when building Task from source using Go Modules (#462, #473).

v3.4.1 - 2021-04-17

  • Improve error reporting when parsing YAML: in some situations where you would just see an generic error, you'll now see the actual error with more detail: the YAML line the failed to parse, for example (#467).
  • A JSON Schema was published here and is automatically being used by some editors like Visual Studio Code (#135).
  • Print task name before the command in the log output (#398).

v3.3.0 - 2021-03-20

  • Add support for delegating CLI arguments to commands with -- and a special CLI_ARGS variable (#327).
  • Add a --concurrency (alias -C) flag, to limit the number of tasks that run concurrently. This is useful for heavy workloads. (#345).

v3.2.2 - 2021-01-12

  • Improve performance of --list and --summary by skipping running shell variables for these flags (#332).
  • Fixed a bug where an environment in a Taskfile was not always overridable by the system environment (#425).
  • Fixed environment from .env files not being available as variables (#379).
  • The install script is now working for ARM platforms (#428).

v3.2.1 - 2021-01-09

  • Fixed some bugs and regressions regarding dynamic variables and directories (#426).
  • The slim-sprig package was updated with the upstream sprig.

v3.2.0 - 2021-01-07

  • Fix the .task directory being created in the task directory instead of the Taskfile directory (#247).
  • Fix a bug where dynamic variables (those declared with sh:) were not running in the task directory when the task has a custom dir or it was in an included Taskfile (#384).
  • The watch feature (via the --watch flag) got a few different bug fixes and should be more stable now (#423, #365).

v3.1.0 - 2021-01-03

  • Fix a bug when the checksum up-to-date resolution is used by a task with a custom label: attribute (#412).
  • Starting from this release, we're releasing official ARMv6 and ARM64 binaries for Linux (#375, #418).
  • Task now respects the order of declaration of included Taskfiles when evaluating variables declaring by them (#393).
  • set -e is now automatically set on every command. This was done to fix an issue where multiline string commands wouldn't really fail unless the sentence was in the last line (#403).

v3.0.1 - 2020-12-26

  • Allow use as a library by moving the required packages out of the internal directory (#358).
  • Do not error if a specified dotenv file does not exist (#378, #385).
  • Fix panic when you have empty tasks in your Taskfile (#338, #362).

v3.0.0 - 2020-08-16

  • On v3, all CLI variables will be considered global variables (#336, #341)
  • Add support to .env like files (#324, #356).
  • Add label: to task so you can override the task name in the logs (#321, #337).
  • Refactor how variables work on version 3 (#311).
  • Disallow expansions on v3 since it has no effect.
  • Taskvars.yml is not automatically included anymore.
  • Taskfile_{{OS}}.yml is not automatically included anymore.
  • Allow interpolation on includes, so you can manually include a Taskfile based on operation system, for example.
  • Expose .TASK variable in templates with the task name (#252).
  • Implement short task syntax (#194, #240).
  • Added option to make included Taskfile run commands on its own directory (#260, #144)
  • Taskfiles in version 1 are not supported anymore (#237).
  • Added global method: option. With this option, you can set a default method to all tasks in a Taskfile (#246).
  • Changed default method from timestamp to checksum (#246).
  • New magic variables are now available when using status:: .TIMESTAMP which contains the greatest modification date from the files listed in sources:, and .CHECKSUM, which contains a checksum of all files listed in status:. This is useful for manual checking when using external, or even remote, artifacts when using status: (#216).
  • We're now using slim-sprig instead of sprig, which allowed a file size reduction of about 22% (#219).
  • We now use some colors on Task output to better distinguish message types - commands are green, errors are red, etc (#207).

v2.8.1 - 2020-05-20

  • Fix error code for the --help flag (#300, #330).
  • Print version to stdout instead of stderr (#299, #329).
  • Supress context errors when using the --watch flag (#313, #317).
  • Support templating on description (#276, #283).

v2.8.0 - 2019-12-07

  • Add --parallel flag (alias -p) to run tasks given by the command line in parallel (#266).
  • Fixed bug where calling the task CLI only informing global vars would not execute the default task.
  • Add hability to silent all tasks by adding silent: true a the root of the Taskfile.

v2.7.1 - 2019-11-10

  • Fix error being raised when exit 0 was called (#251).

v2.7.0 - 2019-09-22

  • Fixed panic bug when assigning a global variable (#229, #243).
  • A task with method: checksum will now re-run if generated files are deleted (#228, #238).

v2.6.0 - 2019-07-21

  • Fixed some bugs regarding minor version checks on version:.
  • Add preconditions: to task (#205).
  • Create directory informed on dir: if it doesn't exist (#209, #211).
  • We now have a --taskfile flag (alias -t), which can be used to run another Taskfile (other than the default Taskfile.yml) (#221).
  • It's now possible to install Task using Homebrew on Linux (go-task/homebrew-tap#1).

v2.5.2 - 2019-05-11

  • Reverted YAML upgrade due issues with CRLF on Windows (#201, go-yaml/yaml#450).
  • Allow setting global variables through the CLI (#192).

2.5.1 - 2019-04-27

  • Fixed some issues with interactive command line tools, where sometimes the output were not being shown, and similar issues (#114, #190, #200).
  • Upgraded go-yaml/yaml from v2 to v3.

v2.5.0 - 2019-03-16

v2.4.0 - 2019-02-21

  • Allow calling a task of the root Taskfile from an included Taskfile by prefixing it with : (#161, #172),
  • Add flag to override the output option (#173);
  • Fix bug where Task was persisting the new checksum on the disk when the Dry Mode is enabled (#166);
  • Fix file timestamp issue when the file name has spaces (#176);
  • Mitigating path expanding issues on Windows (#170).

v2.3.0 - 2019-01-02

  • On Windows, Task can now be installed using Scoop (#152);
  • Fixed issue with file/directory globing (#153);
  • Added ability to globally set environment variables ( #138, #159 ).

v2.2.1 - 2018-12-09

  • This repository now uses Go Modules (#143). We'll still keep the vendor directory in sync for some time, though;
  • Fixing a bug when the Taskfile has no tasks but includes another Taskfile (#150);
  • Fix a bug when calling another task or a dependency in an included Taskfile (#151).

v2.2.0 - 2018-10-25

  • Added support for including other Taskfiles (#98)
  • This should be considered experimental. For now, only including local files is supported, but support for including remote Taskfiles is being discussed. If you have any feedback, please comment on #98.
  • Task now have a dedicated documentation site:
  • Thanks to Docsify for making this pretty easy. To check the source code, just take a look at the docs directory of this repository. Contributions to the documentation is really appreciated.

v2.1.1 - 2018-09-17

  • Fix suggestion to use task --init not being shown anymore (when a Taskfile.yml is not found)
  • Fix error when using checksum method and no file exists for a source glob (#131)
  • Fix signal handling when the --watch flag is given (#132)

v2.1.0 - 2018-08-19

  • Add a ignore_error option to task and command (#123)
  • Add a dry run mode (--dry flag) (#126)

v2.0.3 - 2018-06-24

  • Expand environment variables on "dir", "sources" and "generates" (#116)
  • Fix YAML merging syntax (#112)
  • Add ZSH completion (#111)
  • Implement new output option. Please check out the documentation

v2.0.2 - 2018-05-01

  • Fix merging of YAML anchors (#112)

v2.0.1 - 2018-03-11

  • Fixes panic on task --list

v2.0.0 - 2018-03-08

Version 2.0.0 is here, with a new Taskfile format.

Please, make sure to read the Taskfile versions document, since it describes in depth what changed for this version.

  • New Taskfile version 2 (
  • Possibility to have global variables in the Taskfile.yml instead of Taskvars.yml (
  • Small improvements and fixes

v1.4.4 - 2017-11-19

  • Handle SIGINT and SIGTERM (#75);
  • List: print message with there's no task with description;
  • Expand home dir ("~" symbol) on paths (#74);
  • Add Snap as an installation method;
  • Move examples to its own repo;
  • Watch: also walk on tasks called on on "cmds", and not only on "deps";
  • Print logs to stderr instead of stdout (#68);
  • Remove deprecated set keyword;
  • Add checksum based status check, alternative to timestamp based.

v1.4.3 - 2017-09-07

  • Allow assigning variables to tasks at run time via CLI (#33)
  • Added suport for multiline variables from sh (#64)
  • Fixes env: remove square braces and evaluate shell (#62)
  • Watch: change watch library and few fixes and improvements
  • When use watching, cancel and restart long running process on file change (#59 and #60)

v1.4.2 - 2017-07-30

  • Flag to set directory of execution
  • Always echo command if is verbose mode
  • Add silent mode to disable echoing of commands
  • Fixes and improvements of variables (#56)

v1.4.1 - 2017-07-15

  • Allow use of YAML for dynamic variables instead of $ prefix
  • VAR: {sh: echo Hello} instead of VAR: $echo Hello
  • Add --list (or -l) flag to print existing tasks
  • OS specific Taskvars file (e.g. Taskvars_windows.yml, Taskvars_linux.yml, etc)
  • Consider task up-to-date on equal timestamps (#49)
  • Allow absolute path in generates section (#48)
  • Bugfix: allow templating when calling deps (#42)
  • Fix panic for invalid task in cyclic dep detection
  • Better error output for dynamic variables in Taskvars.yml (#41)
  • Allow template evaluation in parameters

v1.4.0 - 2017-07-06

  • Cache dynamic variables
  • Add verbose mode (-v flag)
  • Support to task parameters (overriding vars) (#31) (#32)
  • Print command, also when "set:" is specified (#35)
  • Improve task command help text (#35)

v1.3.1 - 2017-06-14

  • Fix glob not working on commands (#28)
  • Add ExeExt template function
  • Add --init flag to create a new Taskfile
  • Add status option to prevent task from running (#27)
  • Allow interpolation on generates and sources attributes (#26)

v1.3.0 - 2017-04-24

  • Migrate from os/exec.Cmd to a native Go sh/bash interpreter
  • This is a potentially breaking change if you use Windows.
  • Now, cmd is not used anymore on Windows. Always use Bash-like syntax for your commands, even on Windows.
  • Add "ToSlash" and "FromSlash" to template functions
  • Use functions defined on
  • Do not redirect stdin while running variables commands
  • Using context and errgroup packages (this will make other tasks to be cancelled, if one returned an error)

v1.2.0 - 2017-04-02

  • More tests and Travis integration
  • Watch a task (experimental)
  • Possibility to call another task
  • Fix "=" not being reconized in variables/environment variables
  • Tasks can now have a description, and help will print them (#10)
  • Task dependencies now run concurrently
  • Support for a default task (#16)

v1.1.0 - 2017-03-08

  • Support for YAML, TOML and JSON (#1)
  • Support running command in another directory (#4)
  • --force or -f flag to force execution of task even when it's up-to-date
  • Detection of cyclic dependencies (#5)
  • Support for variables (#6, #9, #14)
  • Operation System specific commands and variables (#13)

v1.0.0 - 2017-02-28

  • Add LICENSE file