Choose a method:

A. I want to download a packaged version

Packaged versions are the quickest to install, but they sometimes lag behind the latest release, or provide only some of the hledger tools. (Please help out by making these packages better.)

Windows: see B below
Mac: brew install hledger
Arch Linux: pacaur -S hledger
Debian, Ubuntu: sudo apt install hledger hledger-ui hledger-web (note #541)
Fedora, RHEL: sudo dnf install hledger
Gentoo: sudo layman -a haskell && sudo emerge hledger hledger-ui hledger-web
Void Linux: xbps-install -S hledger hledger-ui hledger-web hledger-api
NixOS: nix-env -iA nixpkgs.haskellPackages.hledger \
  nixpkgs.haskellPackages.hledger-ui \
Sandstorm: hledger-web Sandstorm app -> demo
(get your own private or public hledger-web instance in 3 clicks)

B. I want to build the latest release

The latest release (see release notes) is a good choice. You have to build it, but this is relatively easy:

  1. Install stack

    On Windows, the 64-bit version is recommended.
    On Arch, you may need to also install GHC manually.
    Avoid really old packaged stack versions (< 1.0) which give "Invalid package ID" errors; consider downloading the latest stack binary instead.

    As part of stack installation you should also add ~/.local/bin (or Windows equivalent) to $PATH. Eg if you're a bash user:
    echo "export PATH=$PATH:~/.local/bin" >> ~/.bashrc && source ~/.bashrc

  2. stack install hledger-lib-1.2 hledger-1.2 [hledger-ui-1.2] [hledger-web-1.2] [hledger-api-1.2] 

    This command installs the latest hledger packages (and the haskell libraries and tools they depend on) from an appropriate stackage snapshot and/or hackage, and will take a while.
    You can add --dry-run to see what it plans to do, and kill/restart it without losing progress.
    Don't type the square brackets; they indicate optional packages which you can skip to save time.
    hledger-ui is not yet available on Windows.

    If it says you need to run stack setup, do that then run the install command again.
    If it gives "Invalid package ID" errors, get a more up-to-date version of stack (see step 1).
    If it gives errors due to missing C libraries (like curses or terminfo), install those manually, eg like so:

    Debian, Ubuntu: sudo apt install libncurses5-dev
    Fedora, RHEL: sudo dnf install ncurses-devel

(cabal experts, feel free to use that instead of stack.)

Now you should be able to run hledger --version (and hledger-ui --version, hledger-web --version if you installed those), and see versions similar to those above.

C. I want to build the development version

The dev version includes not-yet-released features and is stable enough for daily use.

  1. Install stack and git (see notes in B above)
  2. git clone hledger
  3. cd hledger
  4. stack install

Cabal users can use the or cabal.project files instead.

D. I want to install more commands

Additional add-on commands can be installed. Eg:
stack install hledger-iadd-1.2.1 or stack install --resolver nightly hledger-iadd.

More, experimental add-ons are included in the hledger source repo; to install these:

  1. Download the hledger source code (as in C above)
  2. In the hledger directory, run bin/ (installs dependencies & compiles for speed)
  3. Add the hledger/bin/ directory to your $PATH (as in B above)

Now you should be able to run hledger iadd --version, hledger check --help etc.