Do you want to..

A. download a binary/system package ?

Binaries/system packages are quickest to install (but they can be out of date or incomplete).

Windows: Latest available dev builds (appveyor builds are not up to date, no hledger-ui)
Mac: brew install hledger (only hledger CLI is packaged)
Arch Linux: pacman -S hledger (haskell problems are common on Arch at present)
Debian, Ubuntu: sudo apt install hledger hledger-ui hledger-web
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 nixpkgs.haskellPackages.hledger-web (problems building hledger-ui on MacOS)
Sandstorm: hledger-web Sandstorm app -> demo - a hledger-web server in 3 clicks (features needed)

B. build the latest release ?

Good choice! You'll get the latest features mentioned in the release notes. Below are three ways to build the latest release, in order of preference.

Note, building all hledger tools for the first time could take as much as an hour, 1G of free memory, and 1G of disk space. You can kill and restart it without losing progress, and subsequent builds will be much faster. Also, here are some known build issues and workarounds:
freebsd 12: no cabal file found
openbsd 6: exec permission denied
openbsd: how to get stack


Our hledger-install script is recommended as the easiest and most-likely-to-just-work build method, on GNU/linux, mac and freeBSD (and possibly other BSDs if you install cabal-install first, or on unixlike environments on windows):

Here's the quick, non-secure way to run it:

curl | bash

And here's the more responsible way:

curl -O
less # do security review

If you see link errors (like "/bin/ error: cannot find -ltinfo"), you might need to install some extra system packages, such as the below, and try again (please send any updates for this list):

Centos: sudo yum install -y libstdc++-devel ncurses-devel zlib-devel # ?
Debian, Ubuntu: sudo apt install -y libncurses5 # ?
Fedora, RHEL: sudo dnf install -y ncurses-devel # ?

Set up $PATH

You should extend your $PATH with ~/.local/bin (for stack) and/or ~/.cabal/bin (for cabal). Eg, if you use bash:

echo "export PATH=~/.local/bin:~/.cabal/bin:$PATH" >> ~/.bashrc && source ~/.bashrc


Now you should be able to run the hledger tools and see the expected versions. Eg:

$ hledger --version
hledger 1.9
$ hledger-ui --version
hledger-ui 1.9
$ hledger web --version
hledger-web 1.9
$ hledger iadd --version
This is hledger-iadd version 1.3.2

Need help ?

If you are having trouble, please capture a debug log and send it to me via paste & IRC, the issue tracker, or email:

bash -x 2>&1 | tee hledger-install.log


stack is the newer and easier of the Haskell build tools. If you prefer more control or if hledger-install failed, here's how to use stack yourself:

  1. Install or upgrade to the latest stack
    The latest version of stack (1.7) is recommended, for best avoidance of ecosystem breakages. If you can get at least stack 1.3 installed, eg from your system packages, you can usually run stack upgrade to quickly upgrade it to the latest.

    On Windows, the 64-bit version of stack is preferred.

  2. stack install --resolver=lts hledger-lib-1.9 hledger-1.9 [hledger-ui-1.9] [hledger-web-1.9.1] [hledger-api-1.9]
    This installs the specified hledger packages (and dependencies) from Stackage and/or Hackage. The bracketed packages are optional; if you include them, don't type the brackets, and do always include the preceding hledger-lib and hledger packages.
    (windows: hledger-ui is not yet available)

    The command above uses stackage's nightly snapshot. You might be able to reduce build time by specifying an older snapshot that you've used before (eg: --resolver=lts-10.8), or by omitting the --resolver option. To estimate the build time, add --dry-run. You can kill and restart this without losing progress.

    If you see "was generated with a newer version of hpack, please upgrade and try again" errors, you can ignore them. (Upgrade to the latest stack release to stop them.)

  1. If you see link errors..

  2. Set up $PATH

  3. Install addons ?
    Additional add-on commands, such as hledger-diff, hledger-iadd, hledger-interest, and hledger-irr can be installed similarly to the above. Eg:

    stack install --resolver=lts hledger-lib-1.9 hledger-1.9 hledger-iadd-1.3.2

  4. Test


cabal is the other Haskell build tool. If you're a cabal expert, feel free to use this instead.

C. build the development version ?

Also a good choice. Our master branch is stable enough for daily use, and includes the latest improvements.

  1. Install git and stack
  2. git clone
  3. cd hledger
  4. stack install [hledger] # build all (or, just the command line UI)
  5. If you see link errors..
  6. Set up $PATH
  7. Test (Development versions will have a .99 suffix, 1.9.99 means 2.0-dev)

cabal users may find the or cabal.project files useful.