Create a task

Create a task

To create a task, you will need to provide the POST /tasks API with the action for the task, as well as an item to represent the file to add the task to.

cURL
curl -i -X POST "https://api.box.com/2.0/tasks" \
     -H "authorization: Bearer <ACCESS_TOKEN>" \
     -H "content-type: application/json" \
     -d '{
       "item": {
         "id": "11446498",
         "type": "file"
       },
       "action": "review"
     }'
TypeScript Gen
await client.tasks.createTask({
  item: {
    type: 'file' as CreateTaskRequestBodyItemTypeField,
    id: file.id,
  } satisfies CreateTaskRequestBodyItemField,
  message: 'test message',
  dueAt: date,
  action: 'review' as CreateTaskRequestBodyActionField,
  completionRule: 'all_assignees' as CreateTaskRequestBodyCompletionRuleField,
} satisfies CreateTaskRequestBody);
Python Gen
client.tasks.create_task(
    CreateTaskItem(type=CreateTaskItemTypeField.FILE.value, id=file.id),
    action=CreateTaskAction.REVIEW.value,
    message="test message",
    due_at=date,
    completion_rule=CreateTaskCompletionRule.ALL_ASSIGNEES.value,
)
.NET Gen (Beta)
await client.Tasks.CreateTaskAsync(requestBody: new CreateTaskRequestBody(item: new CreateTaskRequestBodyItemField() { Type = CreateTaskRequestBodyItemTypeField.File, Id = file.Id }) { Message = "test message", DueAt = date, Action = CreateTaskRequestBodyActionField.Review, CompletionRule = CreateTaskRequestBodyCompletionRuleField.AllAssignees });
Python
message = 'Please review this'
due_at = "2014-04-03T11:09:43-07:00"
task = client.file(file_id='11111').create_task(message, due_at)
print(f'Task message is {task.message} and it is due at {task.due_at}')
.NET
var taskParams = new BoxTaskCreateRequest()
{
    Item = new BoxRequestEntity()
    {
        Type = BoxType.file,
        Id = "11111"
    },
    Message = "Please review!"
};
BoxTask task = await client.TasksManager.CreateTaskAsync(taskParams);
Java
BoxFile file = new BoxFile(api, "id");
Date dueAt = new Date();
file.addTask(BoxTask.Action.REVIEW, "Please review this file.", dueAt);
Node
var options = {
	message: 'Please review for publication!',
	due_at: '2014-04-03T11:09:43-07:00'
};
client.tasks.create('22222', options)
	.then(task => {
		/* task -> {
			type: 'task',
			id: '11111',
			item: 
			{ type: 'file',
				id: '22222',
				sequence_id: '0',
				etag: '0',
				sha1: '0bbd79a105c504f99573e3799756debba4c760cd',
				name: 'box-logo.png' },
			due_at: '2014-04-03T11:09:43-07:00',
			action: 'review',
			message: 'Please review for publication!',
			task_assignment_collection: { total_count: 0, entries: [] },
			is_completed: false,
			created_by: 
			{ type: 'user',
				id: '33333',
				name: 'Example User',
				login: 'user@example.com' },
			created_at: '2013-04-03T11:12:54-07:00' }
		*/
	});

Task actions

Box currently supports two types of tasks defined by the action value: review tasks and complete tasks.

The type of task determines the possible resolution states a task can be in and the interface shown to a user in the web and mobile apps.

Task actionPossible resolution states
reviewincomplete, approved, rejected
completeincomplete, complete

A review task starts out in an incomplete state and can be marked as incomplete, approved, or rejected. In the user interface a user is provided with a text box and an pair of buttons to approve or reject the task.

A complete task starts out in an incomplete state and can be marked incomplete or completed. Once a this task is marked completed, no further changes can be made to the task's state. In the user interface a user is provided with a text box and an button to mark the task as completed.

Completion rules

A task on a file can be assigned to more than one collaborator on the file, and a task has a completion_rule that can be used to define if all users who've been assigned the task (all_assignees) or only one assignee (any_assignee) need to complete the task.