hledger – plain text accounting

Last Updated on July 14, 2023

hledger is an elegant, versatile accounting program, for tracking money, time, or other commodities using plain text records.

It’s a fast, dependable, secure alternative to Quicken, Xero, GnuCash etc., accessible from command line, terminal or web browser. Compared to other plain text accounting tools, it’s billed as being more robust and intuitive. Good docs and real world usefulness are a top priority.

hledger is a Haskell reimplementation of the excellent ledger. It remains substantially compatible with ledger.

Features include:

  • 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.
  • There’s also a curses-style consoleĀ interface that lets you review account balances and transactions quickly.
  • Zero-setup web app for a more point-and-click experience.
  • Record your transactions in a plain text file.
  • Query hledger about your accounts, transactions, balances, currencies, monthly averages, budgets, and market values.

Website: hledger.org
Support: Documentation, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Simon Michael, with 100+ contributors
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

hledger curses interface

hledger-web

hledger is written in Haskell. Learn Haskell with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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