What’s new in The Hit List

The Hit List for iPhone & iPad 2.5

iPad support

Manage your tasks effectively from the iPad of your choice (iPad 2 and newer), including the iPad Pro. With multitasking support.

Apple Watch support

See the status of today's tasks from the convenience of your wrist with The Hit List for Apple Watch, included in the iPhone app.

Today Extension

Swipe down from the top of the screen to see the Today widget for The Hit List in Notification Center. The widget is live updating and it gives you a quick overview of what's on your plate today.


Conveniently take text and URLs in other apps, and use them to create new tasks in The Hit List. See it in action on our blog. On your iPad, share lists with friends and colleagues by email. Also available: URL Scheme for creating tasks.

iPhone-Optimized Shortcuts

Manage those tasks quickly with shortcuts! Swipe right in a list to schedule a task. Swipe left to move, cancel, or delete. Flick between viewing lists and tags. On iPhone 6s, press the Hit List icon on the Home screen for Quick Actions to immediately create a new task, or go straight to your Today list.

Syncing Included

Our sync service — speedy as ever — is now included with The Hit List. Synchronize seamlessly and automatically between your Apple devices.

Fast Editing

Edit tasks at a single touch — no edit mode to switch in and out of! Dates are adjusted using an integrated calendar. Repetition and priority controls stay out of your way but are there instantly, in-line, with a simple tap. Type in subtasks, right there on the card.

Good News for Existing Customers

The Hit List 2.5 is a Universal app, running on iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch, so existing customers of Version 2 get full iPad support for free. Still using Version 1 and looking to upgrade? Learn how to import your data using our sync service. It's quick, easy, and of course, free.

App Store

The Hit List for Mac

Maintenance releases to The Hit List for Mac published by Karelia Software are now available. Note that our sync service is now included, so it’s easy and fast to synchronize between The Hit List for Mac and The Hit List for iPhone.

Latest Version

Release Notes

The Hit List for iPhone & iPad

Version: 2.7, July 4, 2018

Smarter Today Screen

  • Tasks are sorted by priority within each section, making important tasks more prominent, and low priority tasks less so
  • When viewing completed tasks, only those from today are shown
  • The "Still Working On" section has been renamed to "Ongoing"

Upcoming Screen

  • Improved layout splits up tasks for the week ahead so you can see what is happening each day


  • Push Sync means your task list is immediately up-to-date when editing on another device
  • Improved syncing of recurring tasks
  • Improved handling of time zone changes when traveling
  • Fixed bug where adding a subtask to a completed task via sync might not mark it as incomplete
  • Improved reliability of pull-to-sync

Group Details

  • Viewing a Smart Folder's details is more informative, with an overview of its rule(s)
  • Re-instated the icon for the folder which a group belongs to
  • Improved handling of titles to avoid accidentally creating groups with leading or trailing whitespace

Task Lists

  • New editing commands:
    • Mark tasks as complete/incomplete
    • Clear start date
    • Increment start date
  • Additional option to sort tasks by creation date
  • iPad: Extra action to easily archive a partially complete list, cancelling any remaining tasks
  • Better truncation of long list names when included while viewing a list (e.g. Today)
  • Fixed crash which could occur when swiping to delete tasks
  • Corrected indentation of checkboxes when searching

Task Details

  • Fixed bug where the disclosure button could point the wrong way initially

Version: 2.6.6, November 14, 2017

  • Improved link detection within notes
  • Task Details remembers if repetition and priority controls should be visible

Version: 2.6.5, November 5, 2017

Bug Fixes

  • Fixes issue where opening a task from the Today widget could jam the app

Version: 2.6.4, October 25, 2017

Bug Fixes

  • Crash fixes

Version: 2.6.3, October 14, 2017

  • More informative sheet when creating a new list/folder/tag
  • iPad: While viewing a task, background controls are dimmed
  • Fixed bug where editing a folder would also expand or collapse it

Version: 2.6.2, October 8, 2017

  • Improved performance navigating into lists/tags/etc.
  • Fixed crash when searching from the Tags screen

Version: 2.6.1, September 28, 2017

  • Addresses a crash during launch due to faulty tags
  • Better handling of keychain errors during sync setup

Version: 2.6, September 18, 2017

  • Tweaked home screen layout for easier access to creating lists and searching
  • Spotlight search for tasks
  • iOS 11 compatibility improvements
  • Folders can be deleted without having to first delete all their contents
  • Fixed issue where trying to create a new tag on iPad would create a list instead

The Hit List for Mac

Version: 1.1.32, September 26, 2018

  • macOS X 10.14 Mojave compatibility fixes
  • Improved handling of sync push notifications

Version: 1.1.31, October 23, 2017

  • Switch to Apple Push Notification service to receive automatic sync notifications
  • Speed up full sync by sending more objects at once
  • Save and sync more frequently when changes are made
  • Fix there being two "Enter Full Screen" menu items

Version: 1.1.30, September 21, 2017

  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra compatibility fixes
  • Fix card view start/due/estimate fields not being editable due to bug introduced in version 1.1.29
  • Fix task outline view content sometimes getting blanked out when opening and closing the Hints and Filter bar
  • Do not ask for access to system calendars or reminders during launch
  • PayPal option removed from built-in store
  • Improved license key validation

Version: 1.1.29, August 24, 2017

  • Improved backup file format
  • Improved sync reliability
  • Fixes a crasher in card view that can happen when undoing

Version: 1.1.28, December 9, 2016

  • Disable disk caching of sync callback network activity
  • Make "New Task in The Hit List" Service work properly in macOS Sierra

Version: 1.1.27, November 17, 2016

  • Fix crash that happens on new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar machines
  • Don't reset timer when pressing the B keyboard shortcut on an already timing task
  • Other minor bug fixes

Version: 1.1.26, August 19, 2016

  • Improve printing
  • Improvements to library fix operation
  • Reveal Task Library and Fix Task Library menu items added to Help menu. Hold down the option key on the keyboard to access them

Version: 1.1.25, July 7, 2016

  • Make Reminders Sync more reliable
  • Fix crashes

Version: 1.1.24, June 14, 2016

  • Fixes a crash that affects users with a multiple monitor set up

Version: 1.1.23, May 24, 2016

  • Improved crash reporting
  • Fixed Quick Entry with Context feature not working in Safari. OS X 10.11.5 update has made getting the selection in Safari not possible by default. As a result, the selection in Safari no longer gets turned into a task's notes. If you'd like that feature back, you must enable the 'Allow JavaScript from Apple Events' option in Safari's Develop menu.

Version: 1.1.22, April 20, 2016

  • Fixed reloading problem that can happen on the Today and Upcoming lists after a date change

Version: 1.1.21, April 16, 2016

  • Fixed a crash on launch caused by some smart folder set ups
  • Fixed a crash that can happen after establishing push sync connection
  • Fixed a crash that can happen during sync
  • Fixed a crash that happens when duplicating a folder that contains smart folders
  • Fixed a crash that can happen after a date change
  • Other crash fixes

Version: 1.1.20, April 12, 2016

  • Bug fixes related to smart folders
  • Fix recurrence bug that happens when a task is set to repeat in 2 years or more and after completion

Version: 1.1.19, February 15, 2016

  • Make updates happen securely and completely over https
  • Update Sparkle to latest version available
  • Fix bug that prevented typing of speial characters into the "Go To" or "File To" fields
  • Fix bug where inner folders were not duplicated when duplicating a folder
  • When duplicating, a list, folder, etc., append "copy" to the end of the duplicated item's name
  • Improve updating completed state of parent task when "Complete parent task when all sub-tasks are completed" pref is turned off

Version: 1.1.18, January 29, 2016

  • Fixed a sync bug that could cause problems when you sync from a device that has not been synced in over 2 months
  • Fixed a minor bug related to repeating tasks that are set to repeat after completion

Version: 1.1.17, October 16, 2015

  • Fixed a problem where access to sync service could be disabled

Version: 1.1.16, October 1, 2015

  • Compatibility fixes for OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Push sync reliability improvements

Version: 1.1.15, May 18, 2015

New Features

  • The "Start Today" section is now shown above the "Still Working On" section in the Today list. It should make new tasks to the Today list less likely to escape your attention.

Version: 1.1.14, April 23, 2015

  • Fix a bug related to repeating tasks that resulted in the user getting the "task is a required value" error
  • Don't be as eager to switch to secondary sync service host when connecting to primary sync host fails
  • Use a different way to line break tags when displaying tasks
  • When launching for the first time, add a task to check out THL for iPhone in Inbox

Version: 1.1.13, March 19, 2015

  • Fix some recurrence rule changes not getting synced over
  • Fix next start date is not getting filled in automatically sometimes when toggling repeat after completion off while editing task recurrence
  • Fix Expand All menu item in main menu displaying the wrong keyboard shortcut
  • Improvements to crash reporting mechanism

Version: 1.1.12, March 5, 2015

  • In Quick Entry window, you can now use command-shift-f to open the list pulldown menu
  • If the Quick Entry window is open and has a typed task in it, save it when the Quick Entry shortcut is pressed again
  • Show URLs in notes synced over from iOS as links
  • Fixed a sync bug related to repeating tasks
  • Fixed notes in task list moving down temporarily when checkbox is clicked
  • Fix a crashing bug in OS X 10.8 related to Reminders sync

Version: 1.1.11, February 20, 2015

New Features

  • Sync now works in China
  • Reliability improvements to automatic sync after Mac awakes from sleep
  • Help documentation updated to explain custom thehitlist:// URL scheme
  • Other minor bug fixes and improvements

Version: 1.1.10, December 15, 2014

  • The Hit List Sync Service is now included with purchase
  • Added an announcement for The Hit List 2 for iPhone
  • Minor improvements

Version: 1.1.9, November 28, 2014

  • Fixes problem of tasks view's scroll point jumping after a task inside is modified in OS X Yosemite

Version: 1.1.8, November 7, 2014

New Features

  • When using OS X 10.9 and above, weekends are colored correctly in the date picker for places whose weekends do not fall on Saturday and Sunday

Bug Fixes

  • Reminders sync bug fixes
  • Fixes problem of all folders getting expanded after filing a task to a list in OS X Yosemite

Version: 1.1.7, October 21, 2014

  • Fixed tasks view scrolling down by a bit when adding tasks near the top of the list under OS X Yosemite
  • Other minor changes for Yosemite compatibility

Version: 1.1.6, October 16, 2014

  • Yosemite compatibility fixes
  • Improved calendar control
  • In repeating task input, recognize "annually"
  • Fixed bug in the URL parsing engine that didn't recognize some empty unicode characters properly
  • Other bug fixes and minor improvements
  • OS X 10.6 is no longer supported

Version: 1.1.5, August 20, 2014

  • Improved data consistency check when restoring from library backup
  • Wording changes in "Learn The Hit List" tutorial list
  • Fixed a bug where the app can freeze during launch due to an invalid repeating task
  • Fixed tabs becoming black when the window is moved between a retina and a non-retina screen
  • Fixed a OS X 10.8 compatibility issue in the task timer

Version: 1.1.4, May 28, 2014

  • Fixes and improvements to Reminders syncing
  • List names are no longer included in the title of the reminder that gets created if Reminder Sync is turned on
  • Fixed not being able to add tasks to Upcoming list (Added tasks get tomorrow as the Start date.)
  • Fixed issue where a double click in an empty area of the Today list would sometimes not create a new task
  • Fixed a sync problem with repeating tasks where completed tasks would be recreated if a device that had not synced for a long time was then synced again
  • Fixed bug where if a repeating task with subtasks were all completed in the Today list, the next recurring copy got created with some subtasks missing
  • Fixed crash that could happen when a timer in remaining time mode reached 0
  • Fixed a crash that could happen under rare circumstances while writing to the system log
  • Fixed showing “Press return to add task here” in an empty archived list
  • Fixed multiple identical tasks being created from a selection in Mail.app when creating context based tasks (This happened when two identical emails were sent to a user’s multiple email addresses. Mail.app showed the emails as a single selected email.)
  • Numerous other bug fixes and performance improvements
  • Updated branding to Karelia Software

Version: 1.1.3, December 5, 2013

  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks compatibility changes.
  • Other bug fixes

Version: 1.1.2, July 2, 2012

  • Retina display support
  • Minor bug fixes

Version: 1.1.1, May 4, 2012

  • Fixed repeating task bugs
  • When in fullscreen mode, don't move the window when dragging on empty areas in the task list
  • If the Keychain is not accessible, don't log out from sync account
  • Fixed Quit button not working on the "Can't open library" error message window
  • When using AppleScript, you can access the Archive group
  • When using AppleScript, lists now have an "archived" property
  • Improved error checking when moving lists and tasks using AppleScript

Version: 1.1, April 23, 2012

New Features

  • Quick Entry with Context. You need to set a keyboard shortcut in the preferences window first
  • New menu item for "Due Today". Keyboard shortcut is shift-T.
  • New keyboard shortcuts for raising and lowering task priority (; and ')
  • Added a menu item to open links in notes. Keyboard shortcut is "V". Shift-V to open in background.
  • Added "Copy with Notes" menu item. You must hold down the option key to see it
  • Improved "Create Task" system service to use the context of the active application
  • You can show and hide the sidebar now
  • Fullscreen support in Lion


  • No longer Mac OS X 10.5 compatible. Requires Snow Leopard or Lion and an Intel based CPU.
  • The app is now signed with Apple's Developer ID in preparation for the launch of Mountain Lion
  • On systems with a discrete GPU, use the built-in GPU if possible to perform animations
  • Improved recurrence rule parser to recognize partial words such as "tues" and "decem"
  • Show the entire notes field when adding a task through the Quick Entry window
  • Use a bullet unicode character instead of a dash as prefix when copying tasks
  • When copying completed and canceled tasks, use the "?" and "x" prefixes
  • When copying just one task into the pasteboard, copy just the task text, omitting any prefix
  • Renamed system service
  • Don't bring The Hit List to the foreground after adding a task through the services menu
  • Improved automatic library cleanup process
  • Save any pending data first before syncing when forcing a sync manually
  • Ask for a different library at launch if only the option key is held down
  • Other small improvements

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed notes getting assigned to the wrong task sometimes when editing while filtering a list
  • Fixed parent task getting collapsed sometimes when it shouldn't be.
  • Fixed exception that can happen when pasting a titled link into task notes
  • Fixed tabs animating briefly when the right-most tab is closed
  • Fixed not relaunching correctly after modifying Core Data indexing preference
  • Fixed outline view columns not getting the correct size sometimes after the window is resized
  • Fixed toolbar button not getting drawn correctly when pressed
  • Fixed lines getting drawn incorrectly in the tasks view after checking for update
  • Fixed various crashes and other minor bugs