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. Some warning messages may appear: just ignore them.
  • 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.

Please share your ideas for improving the application. It’s going to be updated regularly, so subscribe to this page comments. Current version is 3.9.5611.40086.

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

Portable Kanban supports plugins to extend its functionality. If you’re interested in developing your own plugin use this project as a starting point.

See also a very basic introduction to Portable Kanban:


More about personal kanban:

and/or like it @ AlternativeTo and StackExchange

726 thoughts on “Portable Kanban

  1. Fantastic!
    I was going to design and develop my own kanban (i’d done a mockup in excel but was going to use .net vb or c#). Now I’ve found this, I don’t need to.

    What are ‘Points’ for? (option 6 on a task).

    How about a file selection feature, to switch between different database files?

  2. Дмитрий, прошу прощения за “флуд”.

    Рассматриваете ли вы возможность открыт исходный код программы? Или добавить документацию для написания плагинов?

    1. Следующая версия планируется в октябре. Код открывать не собираюсь, но для плагинов код давно открыт – можно скачать проект (ссылка выше). В следующей версии будут небольшие изменения, затрагивающие плагины, но радикально ничего не изменится.

  3. Привет, Дмитрий!

    Скажи, пожалуйста, когда планируется следующая версия?

    Приложение супер, но есть мелочи, которые жутко хотелось бы добавить :)

  4. Hi,
    is there a specific algorithm that the program is using to alias topics/persons/users etc? or is it essentially a random 40(44 with “-“) character string to give it that exclusive “primary key” value?

  5. Hi Dmitry, this is a great tool.

    Please can you add the option to define a view that only a single user can see?

    For example on a team board where there are cards assigned to many different users I’d like to define a view for each user that shows only their cards.


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