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hledger Reviews

Simple, precise, future-proof accounting for techies.

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We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about hledger and what they use it for.
  • hledger 1.29 released
    For help getting started, or more info, see And join our chat via Matrix or IRC: Newcomers, experts, contributors, sponsors, feedback are welcome! - Source: Reddit / 12 days ago
  • is there a open-source-alternative to GnuCash!?
    Hledger ( is another good PTA option. I've been using it for our family finances for a few years now. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • I would HATE to see mine 😅
    You can keep a personal ledger. I use Hledger. It has functionality like the thing described in the OP I think, but it's stored in a plaintext file anyways so even if it's not, you can use another program to parse it however you like. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Puffin: A TUI for personal finance management using Bubbletea and hledger
    I made a simple TUI to view and manage my personal finances using Go and Bubbletea. It uses hledger under the hood. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • looking for a self hosted business finance manager, preferably one that will allow me to track income and expenses for each client and produce invoices/statements
    There is hledger. It is plain text accounting. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Are there any TUI apps you recommend outside of ncdu / nnn / htop / vim / bat / fd / tig / duf?
    For the CLI rather than TUI, I'll give a shoutout to ledger (which is what I use, but hledger and beancount are also good choices) for my /r/plaintextaccounting needs, and I use remind for my calendaring. I've seen some TUIs built atop them (I've tinkered with wyrd for remind and have seen some ledgerlike TUIs, but not tried them), but find that I prefer just a CLI and text-editor. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Accounting Query Language.
    The hledger project could be a helpful resource (source code). - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • What have you automated using Python?
    I am using hledger for keeping track of my finances. It was tedious to manually add all transactions, so I build a python script that converts csv file generated from my bank account to hledger syntax. Additionally it automatically assigns categories based on title of transaction. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • How do you logistically manage your budget?
    I use hledger and track all of my spending by hand, like so:. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • Can i use org-mode tables for accounting trading transactions?
    This isn't technically Emacs specific, but you could look into Plain Text Accounting. I use ledger combined with ledger-mode on Emacs, however there is a more up-to-date one called hledger, with hledger-mode. You can have these setup in an org file and export into a plain text file if you would like, but personally I recommend just using one of those modes and editing a ledger file directly. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • Accounting for Developers
    I have tried several (like ) but would prefer some REA/ValueFlows accounting software. - Source: Hacker News / 7 months ago
  • Lesser known tools
    I'll give a couple: remind, ledger (and its cousins hledger and beancount ), and ed(1). - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • Foreign currency
    The ledger software I use can deal with multiple currencies and supports converting to single currency for reporting. I think that is the best, as you don’t lose any information. - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • Linux Accounting Software Suggestions
    Hledger is software that will never modify your data besides some very specific points and you can automate most of the boring task: - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • Best personal finance apps or spreadsheets? Budgeting/net worth tracking etc
    I use hledger ( Its a tool for double-entry bookkeeping. In order to budget with hledger I use sub accounts to emulate envelope-budgeting like people might be used to with YouNeedABudget ( - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • Open source projects for beginners
    +1 to that. If you're into accounting: Https://, - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Learn Accounting for Free
    Not sure if this is exactly what you mean, and haven't fully dove into it, but if anyone is looking for a "programming based" accounting solution this one if very cool - Simple input format that reminds me of a markdown for finances, and then you can slice and dice the raw data in a bunch of ways for reports. - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • I have created a command-line accounting system and need your opinions on the project.
    AFAIK, ledger, hledger, beancount, etc were all made with personal accounting in mind. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • YNAB like budgeting tool?
    After that, I switched to hledger, which I'll admit is very much not YNAB-like, but it is super flexible and I ended up hacking my own YNAB-inspired budgeting setup onto it. It's probably not a great alternative for 99.9% of YNAB users, but if you're handy with scripting and open to trying something different, I think it's pretty sweet. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Where did you learn enough accounting/bookkeeping for personal budgeting?
    Honestly, mostly through the website and just using hledger to keep track of my finances. As I encountered things that I didn't know how to do like track investments, or use different currencies (crypto), I did a little research, mostly starting with what's on the site and branching out if I need to. Having a conceptual understanding of accounting concepts helped me get started. It's quite... - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Commandline App correction capabiltiy
    I am building an cli app in fish to catch certain personal data in an organised form. But if I commit error while typing, I need to cancel the entry and start from first. I use Plain Text Account Apps also, and in hledger cli app allows to enter the character < to go back if something was fed incorrectly. Can I acheive it in fish? - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago

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