9 Best Free and Open Source Accountancy Software

Accountancy is the measurement, processing, and communication of financial and non financial information about economic entities such as businesses and corporations.

Accounting software is a computer program that assists bookkeepers and accountants in recording and reporting a firm’s financial transactions. The functionality of accounting software differs from product to product.

There’s a fair degree of overlap between personal finance software and accounting software. Both often provide double-entry bookkeeping functionality. The ratings featured here consider only the accountancy aspects of software. For example, you’ll notice GnuCash that scores much higher as a personal finance tool.

Here is our opinion on the finest accountancy software available for Linux. We only include free and open source software.

Ratings chart for best accountancy software

Let’s explore the 9 accountancy tools. For each program we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.

Accountancy Software
LedgerPowerful, command-line double-entry accounting system
hledgerElegant, versatile accounting program
SQL-LedgerDouble entry accounting system
beancountDouble-entry accounting from text files
AkauntingOnline accounting software for small businesses and freelancers
LedgerSMBDouble entry accounting system based on SQL-Ledger
GNUKhataBusiness software for small/medium size companies
GnuCashPersonal and small-business financial accounting software
Ledger (Go)Command line application for plain text accounting
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