Tasks in Loco serve as ad-hoc functionalities to handle specific aspects of your application. Whether you need to fix data, send emails, delete a user, or update a customer order, creating a dedicated task for each scenario provides a flexible and efficient solution. While tasks require manual execution, the investment is worthwhile for several reasons:

  • Automation of Manual Work: Tasks automate manual processes, streamlining repetitive actions.
  • Utilization of Familiar Components: Leverage your app's models, libraries, and existing logic within tasks.
  • Elimination of UI Development: Tasks don't require building user interfaces, focusing solely on backend operations.
  • Potential for UI Automation: If necessary, tasks can be automated with a UI by integrating with job-running tools like Jenkins.

Each task is designed to parse command-line arguments into flags, utilizing the yargs-parsed output of your CLI.

Creating a Task with the CLI Generator

Loco provides a convenient code generator to simplify the creation of a starter task connected to your project. Use the following command to generate a task:

Generate the task:

$ cargo loco generate task [OPTIONS] <TASK_NAME>

Running a Task

Execute the task you created in the previous step using the following command:

$ cargo loco task <TASK_NAME>

Listing All Tasks

To view a list of all tasks that have been executed, use the following command:

$ cargo loco task

Creating a Task manually

If you prefer a manual approach to creating tasks in Loco, you can follow these steps:

1. Create a Task File

Start by creating a new file under the path src/tasks. For example, let's create a file named example.rs:

// src/tasks/example.rs

pub struct ExampleTask;
impl Task for ExampleTask {
    fn task(&self) -> TaskInfo {
        TaskInfo {
            name: "example".to_string(),
            detail: "Example task executed successfully".to_string(),
    async fn run(&self, app_context: &AppContext, vars: &BTreeMap<String, String>) -> Result<()> {
        println!("Example task executed successfully");

2. Load the File in mod.rs

Next, ensure that you load the newly created task file in the mod.rs file within the src/tasks folder.

3. Register the Task in App Hooks

In your App hook implementation (e.g., App struct), register the task in the register_tasks function:

// src/app.rs

pub struct App;
impl Hooks for App {

    fn register_tasks(tasks: &mut Tasks) {


These steps ensure that your manually created task, such as ExampleTask, is integrated into Loco's task management system.