Things 3

Developer: Cultured Code GmbH & Co. KG

Current Version: 3.3

Last Updated: 1 month ago

Download Size: 15.3 MB - Download


Meet the all-new Things! A complete rethinking of the original, award-winning task manager – with a perfect balance between simplicity and power, incredible new features, delightful interactions, and a timeless new design.



If you’re new to Things, this is the basic workflow:

1. Collect Your Thoughts
Get things off your mind quickly: no matter what app you’re in, a keyboard shortcut instantly reveals Quick Entry. Type your thoughts and save them to the Inbox. Or just talk to Siri on any device (“Remind me to...”) and import from Reminders.

2. Get Organized
Create a project for each of your goals, then add the steps to reach them. For clarity, add structure with headings. Then group your projects by areas of responsibility, such as “Family”, “Work”, or “Health”. Review these regularly to stay on top of things.

3. Plan Your Time
See your calendar events alongside your to-dos and plan your time effectively. Create repeating to-dos for things you do every few days, weeks, or months – Things will remind you on the right day.

4. Make the Most of Your Day
Every morning, grab a coffee and prepare your list for “Today”: review previously planned to-dos and make quick decisions on what to tackle. Pick some more steps from your projects and then get going. The Today list is the only place you’ll need to look for the rest of the day.

5. Customize Your Workflow
Use tags to categorize your to-dos or add context. For example, tag places like “Office” or “Home”, or tag all your “Errands”, or everything you’re working on with “Kate”. You can easily find everything you’ve tagged via filtering or search.


1. It stays out of your way.
As you start using Things, you’ll quickly notice how seamlessly all the features fit together to give you an uncluttered, focused experience. There are no unnecessary frills. No pointless gimmicks or useless controls. In fact, you’ll hardly notice the app – it’s just you and your to-dos.

2. Everything revolves around your to-dos.
In Things, each of your to-dos are special. In a list, they simply show a checkbox and the title of your to-do. But when you open them, they extend into a beautiful white piece of paper that’s ready to hold your thoughts. Additional details (checklists, tags, reminders, deadline) are nicely tucked away in the corner until you need them.

3. It’s got a touch of magic.
Things removes friction in magical ways. As an example, take Type Travel, a remarkable new way to navigate your lists. You just start typing where you want to go – the name of any project, area, or to-do – and instantly you’re transported there. Or look at the Natural Date Input – just type “Tom(orrow)”, “Sat(urday)”, “in fou(r days)”, “Au(gust 1)”., and it will jump to all the right conclusions.

4. It’s got all the power of macOS.
Things is fully integrated with all the latest macOS technologies: Touch Bar, Today Widget, Calendars, Siri & Reminders, Share Extension, Handoff, and AppleScript.

5. And much more...
Everyone’s got their favorite feature, it’s impossible to list them all. See what our users love about Things – visit our website at:


This is a truly incredible update, with dozens of powerful new features. See the “What’s New” section below for a full list.


Get Things for iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch and stay productive on the go (sold separately). The apps all stay updated via Things Cloud – the push sync service that we custom-built for Things.


If you have any questions, or run into any trouble – please contact us. We provide world-class, professional support for Things, and we’ll be glad to help you.


Release Notes:

Things 3.3 introduces a new feature: Mail to Things! A powerful new way to create to-dos from other apps, services, and platforms.

• Convert emails into to-dos from the Mail app on your iPhone.
• Send to-dos to Things from Windows or Android.
• Have a colleague delegate to-dos to you.
• Set up powerful workflows on IFTTT, Zapier, or Workflow.
• And more…

Just go to Things > Settings > Things Cloud to get started.

For more information about Mail to Things, visit our blog:


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 3.2
Review by phatmann

A crowning achievement - I worked with David Allen at Actioneer writing To Do apps. I have developed my own To Do apps. I have used dozens of different To Do apps. I understand what makes a To Do app great. It is easy to write a run-of-the mill, database-driven To Do app. To make a great To Do app is so much harder. You have to think about every use case and decide what matters most to your customers. You need to streamline your interface until every move feels natural. You need to support all the different axes a todo can lie on while not overwhelming your customers with choices. With the release of Things 3, the developers have created a To Do app that not only serves its customers needs esquitely well, but inspires them to get all their todos into the system and get things done. It looks beautiful and has a carefully crafted feature set that covers almost any scenario you will encounter. Todos don’t live in a static list per-se, but rather inside of a dynamic system that serves to surface todos at the right moment and the right place. It might take a tad getting used to, but once you dive in you will be rewarded with a more organized life.

Found helpful by 47 out of 49 people
Version 3.1.5
Review by PJ6354

Still missing a couple of important features - I really like the look of this app on the screen, but it’s still missing some important features to make it a replacement for the OmniFocus app that I have been using for several years: - It doesn’t seem possible to complete recurring tasks ahead of their scheduled due date. I have a number of tasks that repeat every Monday but if I complete them on Sunday evening there does not seem to be a way to mark them complete at that time. - I can’t find a way to sort tasks within a project alphabetically or by due date. - If I accidentally mark a task as complete, there isn’t an easy way to “undo” my mistake - opening up the task inside the project to correct the due date is cumbersome and not intiuitve. Overall, the app looks nice and I like the workflow. But it operates very slow and if I am checking off several tasks at one time it’s slow to refresh the screen and it’s aggravating to have to wait on the app to catch up. I’m hopeful and looking forward to updates in the future that might make this a viable OmniFocus replacement. It sure looks nice on the screen. Update: Version 3.1.5 - I’m beginning to be baffled as to how an app that is so broken could receive such accolades from users and Apple. Perhaps it’s designed for a user of a single computer or iOS device, but as a business productivity app it is still woefully frustrating and broken. This new version takes FOREVER to load - a full minute or more on each of my computers while it syncs to their server or sometimes fails to load at all requiring a Force Quit. None of my previous disappointments have been addressed, so I am forced to stop using the app and return to my Omnifocus application that is flawless in function albeit somewhat dated in appearance. It’s a shame because this app looks very pretty on the screen but just isn’t ready for prime time.

Found helpful by 5 out of 8 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.3
Review by uinazi

It’s growing on me - I was a loyal and satisfied user of Things 2 until I got tired of waiting for updates. When I first tried Things 3, after too many years of waiting (and happily moving off the platform), it seemed like mostly eye candy. Areas still are not well thought out, and the update to the visual presentation now makes common views more confusing than ever. It was a real disappointment. It is very sharp-looking, and has good UX design integrity, but I struggled with suitability for the purpose. But as I’ve stuck my foot in the Things 3 water to try to get real work done, I’ve begun to appreciate how cleanly it works and how efficiently I can use it. I was using 2Do for several months, and it does most of what I want. But it’s quirky, an odd patchwork of too much stuff that has weak design integrity. So I’m always trying to remember how to do THAT because it’s different than how you do THAT. With Things 3 it all hangs together. Checklists are nice. Headings are nice but incompletely implemented. Siri integration is great. There are limitations to the way the Areas/Projects model is displayed… I find it confusing at times and have had to work around it. But it’s my go to app for now… for personal use and for a very complex work environment. So far so good. I hope I won’t have to wait another 3-5 years for needed improvements and bug fixes. And yes it is still way overpriced.

Found helpful by 15 out of 17 people
Version 3.3
Review by Stafford Vaughan

Buggy app, and support really took a dive with Things 3 - Update: The bug that causes the order of tasks be inconsistent between the Today view and the Project-level view is still in the product. Obviously the support team don’t take these requests seriously. Support requests take more than a week to hear back, even when you indicate that the request is urgent. On top of that, the latest version has a bug that orders the items arbitrarily on the “Today” view - if you’re serious about project management, this could be a hurdle to getting your work done in the correct order, and I’d advise steering clear of that app until that issue is resolved.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 3.3
Review by Davy Be

A great, useful piece of software - Hi! Things 3 responds to what I've always wanted. I admittedly tested a few but not that many task managers and knew it had to be a certain way to ‘click’ with me. Things does, as it lets you work with different viewpoints on your tasks: time, project, tags (which are customizable and can even nest) etc. The main hirarchy is deep with Areas, Projects, Tasks, Steps, however this is optional and you can just throw Tasks in tere. The notion of Inbox is very useful to see and qualify all Tasks you quickly jotted; the notion of ’Someday’ is useful too. Both are ways to manage imperfection of our task entry or organization but let you deal with it gracefully. Integration with Siri, Reminders, Calendar etc. works well (read only). For Reminders you can see only 1 Reminders List at one time and if you choose to import it, it’s removed from Reminders to avoid duplication. I did move everything to Things other than what I have in Reminders that is shared via iCloud. I bought all 3 licenses (iPhone which includes Watch, iPad, Mac) and admittedly expensive, this piece of software is BEAUTIFUL and a TRUE JOY to use. Try in full screen on a Mac, what a GREAT way to overview and control your world! The sync comes for free with the licemse and works extremely fast and reliably. My final word is that I do spend a little (enjoyable) time to organize things in Things, and that the outcome is a good clarity on what I do / push / start etc. each day. Great job. Hey, you could even make Things 3 a little sexier and deeper on the Watch ;-)

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 3.3
Review by tedsvo

Linkback to email is very impressive - Lots of task managers have an email to inbox functionality, where you get assigned an email address and anything that address receives is added to your inbox. Things just added that, but it includes a feature that I’ve never seen before and solves a huge problem: if you forward an email from your mail inbox into Things, it will include a message URL that links your task back to the original email message. This makes forwarding an email from mail on my iPhone functionally equivalent to dragging an email from mail on my iPad. I’m very impressed with this implementation and frankly didn’t know it was possible. Thanks to the devs!

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 3.3
Review by Doctor Mantis Toboggan

Close to perfect - I was a longtime user of the original Things and Things 2. When development on version 2 seemed to stagnate, I drifted to competing apps like OmniFocus. I founds apps like that which were built around strict adherence to the Getting Things Done methodology a bit too stressful. I think many people find the GTD method appealing right up until they realize how much time you have to spend maintaining your system (through things like periodic reviews, organization, etc). What I love about Things is that it removes a lot of that friction. Of course, it isn’t really a proper GTD app, but it gets right up to the threshold by keeping the stuff most people would need. I love the quality throughout the app. The attention to detail is impressive, and I’ve found all versions (this Mac version, as well as the two iOS versions) to be completely stable. The syncing is super fast, and I never get duplicates the way I do on other apps. There is some room for improvement, though. I think there is still a bit too much friction on the input and organization of your tasks. I like to quickly create tasks with the quick entry window, then organize my inbox every day or so. However, there are some interface inefficiencies that make that process a bit frustrating. Say you have simple task in your inbox and you want to add additional details like the “When” date, a tag or two, a due date, etc. You can double click, then hit tab to move to the notes, tab again to get to “when”, start typing a date, hit enter, then tab again to get to the tags. If you start typing a tag, select it, then hit tab again, you are brought BACK to the “when” section. This seems like a minor point, but if you’re organizing a ton of tasks daily, this become a chore to deal with. The interface, while beautiful during the day, also can be a bit too blindingly white at night. I’d love the option for a dark mode. The recent introduction of a “Mail To Things” address is great, and allows for some basic automation. I have a Gmail rule that auto forwards certain types of things straight to my inbox, and starred messages from Slack can get straight into your inbox as tasks via automation services like Zapier/IFTTT. Overall, I’m loving Things 3. While I love the quality of apps that Cultured Code puts out, it can be frustrating to wait for them as they can tend to move at a glacial pace on updates and are not very transparent about their development roadmap.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people