Trello vs ClickUp Comparison – 2019

Trello vs Clickup comparison is something whose results are very clear from the beginning. Because Trello is a very simple project management software, while ClickUp provides a complete range of project management tools.

Looking back, Trello was released in 2011 by Fog Creek Software. But in 2014, Trello formed its own company and has since been sold to Atlassian. Meanwhile, ClickUp is a newcomer that released in 2017 by Mango Technologies.

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Actually, ClickUp obviously has more functionality than Trello. But Trello offers an integration feature named “Power-Ups” to add extra functionality to your boards.


More than just task management, ClickUp offers notes, reminders, goals, calendar, scheduling, and even an inbox. In addition, this platform also fully customizable. So every type of team can use this platform to plan, organize, and collaborate on projects.

There are also 4 different view options to display tasks:

  • Box View – A view designed to help you easily see who is overloaded and who needs more tasks.
  • Me View – Contains your personal tasks.
  • Board View – Kanban-style boards
  • List View – A high-level overview of all tasks across your Workplace.

Another interesting thing about ClickUp is its Chrome Extension. It provides various tools such as time tracking, screen capture tool with an image editor, bookmark, etc.


Meanwhile, “board”, “card”, and “list” are the three main building blocks in Trello. A “Board” represents a project, “Card” represent tasks, and a “List” is like task groups.

You can imagine that Trello as an electronic version of an office noticeboard with post-it notes. Below is a comparison table of feature availability at Trello and ClickUp.

Features Trello ClickUp
Project Planning & Scheduling
Setting priorities and deadlines
Support Agile Methodologies
Gantt Chart Power-Up
Project Templates  
Task Management
Add Assignee
Attach files to the task
Custom status
Custom workflows Power-Up
Task dependencies Power-Up
Sub Task Power-Up
Progress Tracking / Status
Time tracking Power-Up
Proofing Tool  
Status reports Power-Up
Risk reports  
Executive Reports  
Resource Reports  
Other Features
Document Management Power-Up  
Portfolio Management  
Screen Capture Tool  
Mobile App  


One unique feature of Trello is Power-Ups that connects each board to other services. Its Power-Ups including Google Drive, Evernote, GitHub, SalesForce, 3T time tracking software, Planyway Calendar (with Gantt chart), and many more.

ClickUp also provides native integrations that are built by ClickUp itself. If you are a software developer, there is ClickUp’s API that enables you to build your own custom integrations. In addition, there are also integrations with time tracking software, cloud storage, source code repository, etc.

Besides the native integrations from Trello and ClickUp, there is Zapier that gives you access to 1500+ apps with pre-existing and customizable integrations. With Zapier, your team can automate exactly what they need.

Ease of Use

Based on our experience using Trello and ClickUp, Trello is easier than ClickUp. Because Trello has a very simple and clean interface. So in Trello, everyone can easily start managing their projects in just a few seconds, even for first-time users.

Meanwhile, ClickUp is also easy to use. But ClickUp has some criticisms of it as well.

For example, in ClickUp, logged time in the list view doesn’t change automatically when I finish recording time spent on certain tasks using a time tracking tool. Thus, I have to refresh the page to see the changes.

In addition, I think it would be easier if ClickUp adds an additional menu on the task context menu for moving the task to another list.


One of the interesting things about Trello and ClickUp is their free plan. But of course, the free plan has limits on the use of available features.

Trello only allows the use of one Power-Up for each Board in their free plan. While in ClickUp, its limitations on the free plan include the number of using certain features such as Custom Fields, Goals, Portfolios, etc.

Besides the free plan, Trello and ClickUp offer a paid plan for unlimited use of available features.

Trello has three pricing options — Free, Business Class, and Enterprise. Prices range between $0 and $9.99 per month (per user) on annual billing. The main differences between the plans include the size of file attachments allowed, the number of integrations available, and onboarding assistance.

While ClickUp offers all features for $5 per user per month when billed annually, and $8.99 per user per month when billed monthly.

Pros and Cons

  Trello ClickUp
Pros In Trello, everything is already installed and set up. Another good thing about Trello is the user interface that very visual and easy-to-use, and its support for various platforms. Furthermore, Trello can be integrated with various applications, but only limited to 1 integration in the free version. In my opinion, the main advantage of ClickUp is that the software is fully customizable as needed. Also, its features cover almost everything required in project management activities. Especially the ClickUp’s Chrome extension which is very helpful for software development teams and marketers. For me, screen capture tool with an image editor is the most amazing feature. Because besides its functionality, those feature is totally free to use.
Cons Light on features. No real reporting tools. No Gantt charts, and time-tracking features. However, with Power-Ups, you can integrate Trello to other Gantt chart or Time Tracking Software. There are no workflow automation features. Also, see the availability of team members when adding an assignee to the task is difficult.


Trello is suitable for you who are looking for simple project management software which is easy to use even for first-time users. We also recommended Trello for you who are looking for agile project management software and does not really need project reporting features.

Meanwhile, ClickUp is one of the most feature-rich project management software even on its free plan. Also, as mentioned above, this platform is flexible enough to fit your needs. Therefore, ClickUp is suitable for any types of project teams, even for personal use.

Our Score

  Trello ClickUp
Functionality 67 77
Flexibility 93 96
Usability 98 89
Pricing 90 100
Total Score 87 90
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