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Task is a task runner / build tool that aims to be simpler and easier to use than, for example, GNU Make.

Since it's written in Go, Task is just a single binary and has no other dependencies, which means you don't need to mess with any complicated install setups just to use a build tool.

Once installed, you just need to describe your build tasks using a simple YAML schema in a file called Taskfile.yml:

version: '3'

- echo 'Hello World from Task!'
silent: true

And call it by running task hello from your terminal.

The above example is just the start, you can take a look at the usage guide to check the full schema documentation and Task features.


  • Easy installation: just download a single binary, add to $PATH and you're done! Or you can also install using Homebrew, Snapcraft, or Scoop if you want.
  • Available on CIs: by adding this simple command to install on your CI script and you're ready to use Task as part of your CI pipeline;
  • Truly cross-platform: while most build tools only work well on Linux or macOS, Task also supports Windows thanks to this shell interpreter for Go.
  • Great for code generation: you can easily prevent a task from running if a given set of files haven't changed since last run (based either on its timestamp or content).