Ledger is a powerful, double-entry accounting system that is accessed from the UNIX command-line. Ledger, begun in 2003, is written by John Wiegley and released under the BSD license.
There are several ports of ledger to various languages. ledger is the original. hledger is a port to haskell, which is also popular.
The online documentation contains a tutorial to help new users get started.
--file /path/to/finances.ledgerevery time you invoke ledger, consider setting
LEDGER_FILEas one of your Environment variables or add
--file /path/to/finances.ledgerto your
Emacs users may be interested in using ledger-mode. ledger-mode is available on MELPA and comes with info, accessible via
C-h i m Ledger mode RET.
Tips and tricks
Assign commodity during ledger convert
By default, ledger does not assign a commodity when it converts from csv files to ledger format. To have it assign a currency when one is missing, you can make a currency the default commodity of a ledger file by adding something like this to the file:
commodity $ note US Dollar default nomarket format $1,000.00