hledger: A command-line (or curses or web-based) double-entry accounting tool.

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hledger reads a plain text ledger file or timelog describing your transactions and displays precise balance and register reports via command-line, curses or web interface. It is a remix, in haskell, of John Wiegley's excellent c++ ledger. hledger aims to be a practical, accessible tool for end users and a useful library for finance-minded haskell programmers.

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Dependencies base (>=3 && <5), bytestring, containers, csv, directory, filepath, happstack (==0.2.*), happstack-data (==0.2.*), happstack-server (==0.2.*), happstack-state (==0.2.*), haskell98, HTTP (==4000.0.*), HUnit, mtl, parsec, process, regexpr (>=0.5.1), split, testpack, time, utf8-string (==0.3.*), vty (>= && <3.2), xhtml (==3000.2.*) [details]
License LicenseRef-GPL
Author Simon Michael <simon@joyful.com>
Maintainer Simon Michael <simon@joyful.com>
Category Finance
Home page http://hledger.org
Bug tracker http://code.google.com/p/hledger/issues
Uploaded by SimonMichael at 2009-06-13T21:25:40Z
Distributions Arch:1.19, Debian:1.10, Fedora:1.18.1, LTSHaskell:1.12.1, NixOS:1.19, Stackage:1.14.2, openSUSE:1.19
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hledger User's Guide

Welcome to hledger! 

hledger is a partial haskell clone of John Wiegley's "ledger" command-line
accounting tool. hledger generates ledger-compatible register & balance
reports from a plain text ledger file, allows precise batch-mode or
interactive querying, and demonstrates a pure functional implementation of
ledger.  For more information, see http://hledger.org .

Copyright (c) 2007-2009 Simon Michael <simon@joyful.com> and contributors.
Released under GPL version 3 or later.


Platform binaries are not yet being published; you could try asking for
one on the #ledger channel. 

Building hledger requires GHC 6.8 or later (http://haskell.org/ghc).
hledger should work on any platform which GHC supports.
Also, installing hledger's dependencies easily requires cabal-install
version 0.6 or later (http://www.haskell.org/cabal/download.html).
Once these tools are installed on your system, do::

 cabal update
 cabal install hledger [-fvty] [-fhapps]

The vty and happs flags are optional; they enable hledger's "ui" and "web"
commands respectively. vty is not available on the windows platform.


hledger looks for your ledger file at ~/.ledger by default. To use a
different file, specify it with the LEDGER environment variable or -f
option (which may be - for standard input). Basic usage is::


COMMAND is one of balance, print, register, ui, web, test (defaulting to
balance). PATTERNS are zero or more regular expressions used to filter by
account name or transaction description.  Here are some commands to try::

 export LEDGER=sample.ledger
 hledger --help                        # show usage & options
 hledger balance                       # all accounts with aggregated balances
 hledger bal --depth 1                 # only top-level accounts
 hledger register                      # transaction register
 hledger reg income                    # transactions to/from an income account
 hledger reg checking                  # checking transactions
 hledger reg desc:shop                 # transactions with shop in the description
 hledger histogram                     # transactions per day, or other interval
 hledger ui                            # curses ui, if installed with -fvty
 hledger web                           # web ui, if installed with -fhapps
 hledger -f new.ledger add             # record transactions from the command line

Time reporting

hledger will also read timelog files in timeclock.el format.  If you
invoke hledger via a symlink or copy named "hours", it looks for your
timelog file (~/.timelog or $TIMELOG) by default.::


Timelog entries look like this::

 i 2009/03/31 22:21:45 some:project
 o 2009/04/01 02:00:34

The clockin description is treated as an account name. Here are some
queries to try::

 ln -s `which hledger` ~/bin/hours            # set up "hours" in your path
 export TIMELOG=sample.timelog
 hours                                        # show all time balances
 hours -p 'last week'                         # last week
 hours -p thismonth                           # the space is optional
 hours -p 'from 1/15' register project        # project sessions since jan 15
 hours -p 'weekly' reg --depth 1 -E           # weekly time summary


This version of hledger mimics a subset of ledger 3.x, and adds some
features of its own. We currently support regular ledger entries, timelog
entries, multiple commodities, virtual transactions, account and
description filtering, and these commands and options::

   balance  [REGEXP]...   show balance totals for matching accounts
   register [REGEXP]...   show register of matching transactions
   print    [REGEXP]...   print all matching entries

   Basic options:
   -h, --help             show summarized help
   -f, --file FILE        read ledger data from FILE
   Report filtering:
   -b, --begin DATE       report on entries on or after this date
   -e, --end DATE         report on entries prior to this date
   -p, --period EXPR      report on entries during the specified period
                          and/or with the specified reporting interval
   -C, --cleared          report only on cleared entries
   -R, --real             report only on real (non-virtual) transactions
   Output customization:
   -B, --basis, --cost    report cost of commodities
   -d, --display EXPR     display only transactions matching EXPR (limited support)
   -E, --empty            show empty/zero things which are normally elided
   --no-total             balance report: hide the final total
   -W, --weekly           register report: show weekly summary
   -M, --monthly          register report: show monthly summary
   -Y, --yearly           register report: show yearly summary

   -V, --version          show version information
   -v, --verbose          show verbose test output
   --debug                show some debug output 
   --debug-no-ui          run ui commands with no output

We handle (almost) the full period expression syntax, and very limited
display expressions consisting of a simple date predicate. Also the
following new commands are supported::

   histogram              show a barchart of transaction counts per interval
   add                    record transactions from the command line
   convert                convert CSV bank data to ledger journal format
   ui                     a simple curses ui (only on unix platforms)
   web                    a simple web ui
   stats                  report some ledger statistics
   test                   run self-tests

ledger features not supported

ledger features not currently supported include: modifier and periodic
entries, and the following options and commands::

   Basic options:
   -o, --output FILE      write output to FILE
   -i, --init-file FILE   initialize ledger using FILE (default: ~/.ledgerrc)
   -a, --account NAME     use NAME for the default account (useful with QIF)
   Report filtering:
   -c, --current          show only current and past entries (not future)
       --period-sort EXPR sort each report period's entries by EXPR
   -U, --uncleared        consider only uncleared transactions
   -L, --actual           consider only actual (non-automated) transactions
   -r, --related          calculate report using related transactions
       --budget           generate budget entries based on periodic entries
       --add-budget       show all transactions plus the budget
       --unbudgeted       show only unbudgeted transactions
       --forecast EXPR    generate forecast entries while EXPR is true
   -l, --limit EXPR       calculate only transactions matching EXPR
   -t, --amount EXPR      use EXPR to calculate the displayed amount
   -T, --total EXPR       use EXPR to calculate the displayed total
   Output customization:
   -n, --collapse         Only show totals in the top-most accounts.
   -s, --subtotal         other: show subtotals
   -P, --by-payee         show summarized totals by payee
   -x, --comm-as-payee    set commodity name as the payee, for reporting
       --dow              show a days-of-the-week report
   -S, --sort EXPR        sort report according to the value expression EXPR
   -w, --wide             for the default register report, use 132 columns
       --head COUNT       show only the first COUNT entries (negative inverts)
       --tail COUNT       show only the last COUNT entries (negative inverts)
       --pager PAGER      send all output through the given PAGER program
   -A, --average          report average transaction amount
   -D, --deviation        report deviation from the average
   -%, --percentage       report balance totals as a percentile of the parent
       --totals           in the "xml" report, include running total
   -j, --amount-data      print only raw amount data (useful for scripting)
   -J, --total-data       print only raw total data
   -y, --date-format STR  use STR as the date format (default: %Y/%m/%d)
   -F, --format STR       use STR as the format; for each report type, use:
       --balance-format      --register-format       --print-format
       --plot-amount-format  --plot-total-format     --equity-format
       --prices-format       --wide-register-format
   Commodity reporting:
       --price-db FILE    sets the price database to FILE (def: ~/.pricedb)
   -L, --price-exp MINS   download quotes only if newer than MINS (def: 1440)
   -Q, --download         download price information when needed
   -O, --quantity         report commodity totals (this is the default)
   -V, --market           report last known market value
   -g, --performance      report gain/loss for each displayed transaction
   -G, --gain             report net gain/loss
   xml      [REGEXP]...   print matching entries in XML format
   equity   [REGEXP]...   output equity entries for matching accounts
   prices   [REGEXP]...   display price history for matching commodities
   entry DATE PAYEE AMT   output a derived entry, based on the arguments

Other differences

* hledger calls the "note" field "description"
* hledger recognises description and negative patterns by  "desc:" and "not:" prefixes,
  unlike ledger 3's free-form parser
* hledger keeps differently-priced amounts of the same commodity separate
* hledger doesn't require a space before command-line option values, eg: -f-
* hledger's weekly reporting intervals always start on mondays
* hledger shows start and end dates of the intervals requested, not just the span containing data
* hledger period expressions don't support "biweekly", "bimonthly", or "every N days/weeks/..." 
* hledger always shows timelog balances in hours
* hledger splits multi-day timelog sessions at midnight
* hledger register report always sorts transactions by date
* hledger doesn't show description comments as part of the description
* hledger print puts a blank line after the entry, not before it
* hledger doesn't print trailing spaces after amount-elided postings