Simple, precise, plain text accounting.

hledger is an accounting program, for tracking money, time, or other commodities, on unix, mac and windows. With simple yet powerful functionality accessed from command line, terminal or web browser, it is a robust, cross-platform alternative to Quicken, GnuCash, spreadsheets etc.

plain text ? How does that work ?

Step 1: Record your transactions in a plain text file. (Use hledger's interactive assistant.. the web interface.. any text editor.. a shell alias.. CSV/OFX import..)

Step 2: Ask hledger about your accounts.. transactions.. balances.. currencies.. monthly averages.. budgets.. market values.. You can start very simply, and get more sophisticated as you learn more about double-entry accounting.

There is an enthusiastic and growing community practising this way of accounting. which can be quite educational and enjoyable. If you'd like more background, we have collected many useful resources at plaintextaccounting.org.

And.. welcome back. Read on - or if you're eager to make a start, download and start the tutorial now!

hledger is Free software

hledger is Free software, created by Simon Michael and released under GNU GPLv3+.

I have been actively developing and using hledger since 2007, together with 30+ other committers, and an unknown number of usually happy-sounding users.

inspired by Ledger

hledger is a Haskell reimplementation of the excellent Ledger. It remains substantially compatible with Ledger, and if you wish you can keep your data compatible with both. Read more about the differences in the FAQ.

a command-line tool, that respects your data

hledger is first a command-line tool. Your data lives in a plain text journal 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.)

a console UI

hledger also provides a curses-style console interface that lets you review account balances and transactions quickly and without fuss. (screencast)

a web UI

And, a zero-setup web interface (demo; press s to open the sidebar), for assisted data entry and a more point-and-click experience. You can set up your own private or shared web instance with a few clicks at Sandstorm.

a Haskell application and library

hledger is written in Haskell, a modern, 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)

focussed on serving users

hledger strives to be usable, practical and to provide real-world value. Intuitive features, bug-free operation and complete, accurate documentation are top goals. Currently it is particularly suited to techies, ie users who appreciate the power of text files, revision control, scriptability and double entry accounting.

I've been using hledger daily and improving it since 2007. I needed a tool like this badly, and I hope it will keep growing and helping folks to transform their financial lives. If you feel the same way, join us!

fully documented

Time to check out those docs, or maybe look deeper.

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