When comparing Emacs Org-mode vs Taskwarrior, the Slant community recommends Taskwarrior for most people. In the question“What are the best cross-platform task apps?” Taskwarrior is ranked 6th while Emacs Org-mode is ranked 9th. The most important reason people chose Taskwarrior is:
Taskwarrior has many front-ends, services, extensions, hook scripts, and capsules available. Taskwarrior keeps a list of contributed tools on their [site](http://taskwarrior.org/tools/).
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Pro Files are usable anywhere at anytime
Users are not tied to one service provider, program, platform, or database engine.
Pro Ultimate flexibility
This app's flexibility is based on its minimalist approach, giving the user near-infinite freedom.
Pro Agenda views
Pro There are a lot of extensions, for exporting to html, bootstrap, js-reveal and much more.
Pro Absolutely free
Emacs with Org-mode is free as in beer and free as in speech – that is, it costs nothing and it’s totally open source.
Pro Incredibly extensible
There are many plug-ins for Org-mode, including Org-habits and Org-notify. If Org-mode lacks some piece of functionality, it is very easy to add it.
Pro Supports plaintext spreadsheets
Pro Excellent unofficial Android app (orgzly)
Pro Quickly add rich text
Pro Efficient features for deadline organization
Taskwarrior has many front-ends, services, extensions, hook scripts, and capsules available. Taskwarrior keeps a list of contributed tools on their site.
Pro Command line interface
The command line interface puts powerful filtering expressions, context, annotations, tags, due dates, reocurrence, and user-defined-attributes totally in your hands. It’s fast and low friction.
Pro Lightweight and fast
Taskwarrior is written in the speedy C++ language.
Pro Tasks stored in plain text files locally
Future-proof and easily integrated with version control system. You never lose access to your data.
Pro Sync across devices
When used in conjunction with the Taskserver, it can sync tasks (conflict-free) across your Taskwarrior devices. This includes integration with Mirakel.
Pro Supported internationally
It has UTF8 support and is translated into many languages.
Taskworrior allows you to define custom attributes and reports to your needs.
Pro Self-hosted Taskserver
You can be in full control of your data.
Con Android app isn't very good
There are several user-created apps for Android, but none seem to offer the same level of functionality as other to-do apps.
Con Unintuitive user interface
The key combinations are unintuitive and difficult to remember. This is probably because there are a lot of hidden "modes" depending on where the cursor is. Actions aren't paired with reversing actions like in other todo apps. For example, hitting shift-tab does NOT reverse the effect of hitting tab.
Con By default, a hard-to-read display
The default way of writing an outline or checklist creates a very messy wall of text that's difficult to read with no vertical spacing. You can manually add vertical spacing, but the Org operations don't preserve it. There are pretty-display modes, but you need to remember how to enable them, etc. etc.
Con Command line interface
A command line interface is a arguably overly verbose, consequently tedious, way to interact with a To Do list.