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a lightweight, dependable, cross-platform accounting program

hledger is a computer program for easily tracking money, time, or other commodities, on unix, mac and windows. With simple yet powerful functionality accessed from command line or web browser, it is a reliable, lightweight alternative to Quicken or GnuCash. I use it for:

Free software

hledger is available under the GNU GPLv3+, which helps ensure that it will remain free and available for as long as you need it. It has been developed as a community project by Simon Michael and contributors since 2007. license

inspired by Ledger

hledger was inspired by and maintains substantial compatibility with Ledger, and is part of the enthusiastic and supportive "*ledger" community.

a command-line tool, that respects your data

hledger is first a command-line tool. It follows Ledger's philosophy: your data lives in a simple, safe, plain text file which you can edit any way you wish; hledger reads that file and produces reports of various kinds, without changing your data. (It can help you add new transactions, but does not change existing ones.)

...with a web UI

hledger comes with a built-in web server providing an alternate browser-based interface (demo), for assisted data entry and point and click reporting. The web and command-line clients can be used simultaneously.

a Haskell application and library

hledger is written in Haskell, a modern and highly-regarded programming language which contributes to hledger's robustness, performance and long-term maintainability. Most functionality is exposed as reusable Haskell libraries, making it easy to write your own hledger-compatible scripts, add-ons and applications.   build status (travis)


Complete, accurate documentation is always a top priority.

comfortable for techies, usable by all

hledger aims to be useful to both computer experts and regular folks. Currently it is a bit more suited to power users, who appreciate the power of text files, revision control, scriptability and double entry accounting. The web interface helps make it accessible to GUI-only folk as well.

focussed on serving the user

hledger strives to be usable, practical and to provide real-world value. I've been depending on it and improving it since 2007. I needed a tool like this badly, and I want to keep it growing and helping others who can also benefit. You can help!

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