Portable Kanban

What is Kanban? Is it possible to use it for personal task management? If you already know answers than you have an idea how kanban board looks typically:

While there is nothing wrong with physical boards it’s very convenient to have an electronic version. I spent days trying to find some suitable software and finally … developed it (seriously, it just took less time!). And if you’re looking for some simple application that could replace physical board then search is over. Now your board can look like that:


Much better! What are pros & cons of electronic board:

  • It’s dead simple.
  • It always can be with you in your laptop: just copy files to some folder.
  • It works in offline mode, no internet connections ever required.
  • It looks nice.
  • It’s even cheaper than whiteboard and sticky papers because it’s completely free.
  • It’s both personal and shared board in the single package.


  • Not for large distributed groups, but it’s Ok for small-to-medium ones. Look also for online alternatives.
  • No more cons found.

How to start:

  • Download application (link is below). It has no installer, just unzip it to some folder, e.g. “…My Documents\My Kanban”.
  • Start it. It requires NET 4.0 installed, if you don’t have it yet you can download it here. The application creates data file automatically.
  • Click everywhere, try to drag & drop cards. See About/Shortcuts first, then click Setup to configure your own board the way you want. Edit columns, topics, persons etc. Please, read notes on every setup page.
  • Use the built-in timer (aka ‘pomodoro timer’) to track your time. Easter egg: point mouse to the timer to see statistics.
  • One more thing: drag & drop any file to app window to create a new task with attached file.
  • Need more than one board? Copy app to different folders to use 2 or more boards, e.g. “Office”, “Home” etc.
  • Application is fully portable: keep it on flash drive or shared/cloud storage (OneDrive, Dropbox etc).
  • You can also create a common board and share information with your colleagues in office or worldwide. This option requires free Redis database server.

Share your ideas for improving the application. It’s going to be updated regularly, so subscribe to this page comments. Current version is 3.8.5528.40910.
If you’re interested in developing your own plugin use this project as a starting sample.

Thank you for reading/scrolling down. Now you can download it.

See also a very basic introduction to Portable Kanban:

More about personal kanban:

and/or like it @ AlternativeTo

619 thoughts on “Portable Kanban

  1. Awesome! portable, light weight, easily configurable. Running v 3.8.5528.40910 on windows 8.1. Exactly what I’ve been looking for.

  2. Hi Dmitry!

    Your tool looks very promisisng, but it doesn’t run with current version of .NET (which is 4.5) with message that it requires 4.0.30319. And it’s impossible to downgrage current .NET installation.
    OS: Win7 32 bit.

    May be you ought to know, sorry if this is my local problem only.

  3. Hi, thanks for this tools. I was looking for such simple project management tool for a while.

    Right now, I’m using your tool to manage 1 project (4 persons) with redis. Everything work perfect except we miss one small thing – comment to the task.
    Now, we discuss tasks via the description which is not the best choice. It would be more useful to add one additional field, regular text like comment.
    I think such filed would be very useful for short discussions/explenations or to leave comment what has been done and how in the task. e.g. I implemented some feature and I can write there new functions/methods description.

    Thanks in advance for support.

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