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 4.2.6273.2450.

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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1,169 thoughts on “Portable Kanban

  1. Thank you so much! I have been looking for a downloadable desktop kanban board for a while now and I’m thrilled to find this. It looks great, intuitive and easy to open and go. Well done!

  2. Hi Dmitry,
    First thing is thank you very much for your wonderful app.
    Here is my situ: I have 10 persons to assign Tasks to. sometimes I assign the task only to one, sometimes to two persons or three.
    when I want to assign the task to more than one Person I miss this possibility. of course there is the Group solution but it would be nonsence to create a Group for every two or persons persons (no. of Groups would exceed 100 !).
    could you kindly advise how to work around this situ ?
    Thanks in advance,

  3. Dmitry,
    Has anyone produced a importer for either FreeMind or from GanttProject? If not, I take that I would create a desktop VS project in C#.NET and drop the .dll into the plugin folder?

  4. Спасибо! Реально полезный инструмент. Было бы полезно сделать еще сплошную нумерацию задач.

  5. It would be utterly interesting to get and use a fully-feature editor when documenting the tasks (1. Task). At least font colours, styles, cases, … the colours are very important when applying kanban methods. Many thanks and good job. A very interesting tool.

  6. I use your kanban for my personal tasks home & business. I like it because it’s very easy and quick. I keep on onedrive site to access it from home and office. I see that app is made in .NET (or C#. Now I’m thinking, did you try somehow to compile it in linux? I’m thinking about putting a display and an SBC (like Raspberry Pi) on my fridge with my tasks :).

    On RPi also exist and Windows IoT, but I don’t know anything about it.

    Thank you again, it helped me to make order in my life :).

  7. I’m trying the tool out for management activities planning. It would be very handy to have a quick filter on every view to only show tasks assigned to the filtered person.

  8. Hi Dmitry. Excellent software. Is it possible to stop the timer one task and switch it to another task but without stopping the Pomodore timers. CTRL + F1 reset pm on the new 25-minute. I want to change the task without stopping the timer, and the time remaining to be added to the new task. I’m sorry, my English is bad.

      1. The problem is that each click on Ctrl + F1 resets Pomodore timer on the new 25-minute. Why? Regardless of a change task, you need to let the timer counts down to 25 minutes and only then to start the new 25 minutes.

          1. The problem I solved by changing the keyboard and now it works fine. With the preceding keyboard each click on Ctrl + F1 resets the timer on Pomodore is 25 minutes. Now it’s ok. I Thank Dmitry. An excellent software.

            1. I think it would be a useful option counter pomodoro spent for one day … or some kind of chart that shows Pomodore statistics for a given number of days.

  9. Hello, is there any way for the report columns to be modified, i would like to generate reports but there is a lot of information that i do not need.

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