Triggers for Todo entities

I love the new todo entities, though at the moment there doesn’t seem to be a way to trigger automations from the add or delete of new items. It would be possible to trigger an automation based on the number of unchecked items in the state, but this contains no data about the event which was added or removed. Ideally what I’d love to be able to do is something like:

  1. New event is added to my todo list (eg. via Todoist)
  2. A HomeAssistant automation fires off
  3. If the new todo list item contains a certain key word, eg. “remember”, in “remember to mow the lawn”, the automation could take an action such as adding a calendar entry for me on the weekend, or sending me a reminder to my phone at a later time, etc.

I’d also love to be able to use this to “sync” my todo lists between Google Tasks and Todoist; I use Todoist for managing all my tasks, but it has no native Google Home integration. I would love to be able to say to the Google Homes around my house “add ‘mow the lawn’ to my todo list” and have it add that to Google Tasks (as it already does), and then a Home Assistant automation is triggered which takes that task and adds it to my todoist Todo list.

Alternatively, if there was a way to query the contents of a todo list, such as via a service with return data (like the calendar.list_events service) then this could potentially achieve the same outcome by have the automation triggered by todo list state changes, and then lookup the latest list items via the service.


Indeed, the equivalent to “Calendar.list_events” for todo-items would be great. The old shopping list included all items as attributes in the entity and I had automations that then listed all items in an email. This unfortunately doesn’t work anymore since neither are the items attributes in the entity, nor is there a service to call the items :frowning:

Really hope a solution will come around!

See Calendars & Todo-List, upvote it. What you have posted here I believe is encompassed by that request