hledger ROADMAP

Current ideas about where the hledger project should be going next.

Next Targets

  • hledger 1.19, 2020-09-01
    account transactions register, stricter/more correct handling of unbalanced multicommodity transactions (#1177), Track & show deposited lots (#1022), Report unrealized capital gains/losses (#1029)

Past Targets

  • hledger 1.18, 2020-06-01
    more effective CI setup, updated home page, quickstart, tutorials etc., negative matching in CSV rules,

  • hledger 1.17, 2020-03-01

    field matching in CSV rules, reduce install hassles with terminfo C lib (?), more import/export options, simple console charts, refreshed home page, faq, tutorials, manuals,

  • hledger 1.16, 2019-12-01

    ghc 8.8 support, more powerful CSV conversion, updated home page, faq, manuals, reduce install hassles with terminfo C lib

2020 Priorities


Improve the docs.

  • home & faq

  • manuals (more discoverable structure of web manuals)

  • cookbook docs (survey, plan, update)

  • contrib guide (update, build from readmes)


Improve getting-started experience, just-works quality, practicality, real-world usefulness.

  • ghc 8.8, get back in stackage nightly

  • install issues (C libs..)

  • more powerful CSV conversion

  • fill out holes in feature matrix


Improve suitability for investment tracking (#1015)

  • market price inference from transactions

  • easy market price fetching

  • lot tracking

  • capital gains reporting


Add charts and more visual appeal.

  • console charts, basic bar charts
  • clarify architecture/UI for charts
  • graphical charts using Chart/matplotlib/hvega
  • review/design/add more attractive/colourful output (see eg taskwarrior)


More support for enforcing correctness & accounting rules.

  • account names
  • commodity symbols
  • payees
  • notes/descriptions ?
  • account lifetimes ?
  • account balance conditions ?
  • transaction templates ?


Some project achievements to unlock. This is for fun. ("being a software maintainer means unending toil in mostly-obscurity, so you've got to seek out the fun where you can!" --me)

1.0 release

packaged in major distros, binaries available

pretty good reference docs

  • 100 committers

  • 1k github stars

  • among top 50 starred haskell projects on github

  • discussed on Hacker News

  • match ledger IRC channel size

mentioned in "what good Haskell software exists" discussions

  • among top 40 starred haskell projects on github

  • multiple people providing support

  • pretty good tutorial docs

  • pretty good cookbook docs

  • 100 IRC chatters

  • 2k github stars

  • in top 30 github starred haskell projects

  • match ledger speed

  • match ledger committers

  • 200 committers

  • best in class for investment tracking

  • 2.0 release

  • in top 20 github starred haskell projects

  • match ledger stars

  • match beancount mail list

  • match ledger mail list

  • in top 10 github starred haskell projects