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.


  • Maybe 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 (3.0 is recommended).

Please, feel free to share your ideas for improving the application. It’s going to be updated regularly, so subscribe to this page comments. The current version is 4.1.6135.41852.

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:

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1,029 thoughts on “Portable Kanban

  1. Hi Dimitry

    Maybe I am missing something obvious but with every new version number I am trying to figure it out, what has changed or was added.
    Is there any change log available?


  2. Hi Dmitry, in the Notification mails the entry “Link:” doe not work when path contains spaces. Would it be possible to put the link path as text like “\\path\to the\document.msg” when you copy it into the mail?

  3. Hi, Dimitri. Thanks a lot for your great job. I want to share you my suggestions. Is it possible to select multiples files and folders in the link option when you need to start a work?


    I have made some minor refinements to my practices/workarounds for reoccurring daily tasks. Since reoccurring tasks in general comes up every now and then, this might give users some ideas:

    1. REOCCURRING COLUMN. Make a column for reoccurring tasks (Daily Ritual). I use the name of the task and mark the number of times I have complete it. For example: PLAN USING PK (3) means that I have planned using PK three times.

    vampieVampie suggested using “6. Points” located in the task details instead of having the counter in the Description. You can make Points visible using the Setup (spoke wheel icon) > Options > Task Info

    2. COLUMN SEPARATOR. Create a dummy (blank) task. Add description “V===DONE===V” and set the column color to gray. The V’s are just a reminder that the “done” tasks are below. The reoccurring tasks above this line have not been completed for the day.

    This setup makes it very easy to drag-and-drop reoccurring activities.

    EXAMPLE: http://i.imgur.com/uPzoJRB.png

    Thanks again for Portable Kanban!

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