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Aakash Business Tool

Aakash Business Tool is a portable accounting platform on Android intended for Accountants and Students. Aakash is a low cost computing device/tablet for students, the project is initiated and funded by MHRD, Govt. of India. Aakash already runs Android 4.2 with many educational apps developed at IIT Bombay. Please refer to androportal for some of the apps. Aakash Accounting provides an easy to use interface specially for students/newbies who have just started accounting. We have tried to make the user's experience simple and elegant. This initial version 1.0 covers basic account management, creating vouchers and reports.

It was initially derived from GNUkhata, a web based free accounting software which is mostly based on Python framework.

  1. Managing Organizations

  2. User authentication

  3. Main menu

  4. Maintaining books of accounts

  5. Recording, cloning and editing transactions and Recording of transactions under particular project

  6. Generating reports such as Ledger Accounts, Trial Balance(Net, Gross, Extended), Profit and Loss Account, Project Statement, Cash Flow and Balance Sheet, Bank Reconciliation.

  7. Rollover

  8. Export reports in PDF/CSV format

  9. Import/Export of organization data to other device

  10. ABT running using remote server


ABTcore - a backend to Aakash Business Tool

The entire backend has Python code base. ABTcore provides a backend to Aakash Business Tool. On Aakash tablet, it runs in a chroot environment(your device need to be rooted for this!). More information can be found here

How to install


  • Needs a rooted device to install ABT.
  • Working Internet Connection.
  • 400MB of free space on internal/external SD-card.

Simple and recommended install procedure

  • If you work behind a proxy server, please ensure to bypass localhost in proxy settings.
  • You can find the option under Settings ­> Wifi ­> Advanced options.
  • Add an entry to bypass localhost.
  • You can skip this step for direct Internet connection.
  • Open the browser on your tablet and visit this link: .
  • Search for Aakash Business Tool and tap on download button.
  • Once downloaded, install the APK.
  • Now, open ABT from application menu.
  • It will prompt that file system does not exist! Do you want to download and install?, say Yes.
  • This will download abt.tar.gz file to your internal memory.
  • After downloading the file, it will automatically extract abt.tar.gz.
  • After extraction, it will again prompt that the File system is not mounted, device requires a reboot.
  • Reboot the tablet and it is ready to use.

Manual installation

  • Open web browser on your device and download APK from this link .
  • Download abt.tar.gz file from this link: .
  • If you are unable to download the file on the tablet, please download it on your Desktop.
  • Copy the file to /mnt/sdcard/ of the tablet.
  • Install the APK and open the ABT application. It will start the extraction of abt.tar.gz file.
  • After extraction, it will prompt that the File system is not mounted, device requires a reboot. Now reboot the tablet.
  • Aakash Business Tool is ready to use.
  • Note: In case there is no enough space in internal memory, extract abt.tar.gz file on your Desktop and copy abt.img file to external SD card.


This branch contains an Android(4.2, API-17) code for the User Interface of Aakash Business Tool.

User's can clone this repo by typing

git clone -b holo_theme

if you want to clone code for Android(4.0.3, API-15), type

git clone -b ics

if you want to checkout other branches then type,

git checkout -b holo_theme remotes/origin/holo_theme
git checkout -b docs remotes/origin/docs
git checkout -b froyo remotes/origin/froyo
git checkout -b ics remotes/origin/ics

Importing ABT as an eclipse project

  • For setting up Android SDK and AVD in eclipse, please visit this link

  • With a single download, the ADT Bundle includes everything you need to begin developing apps:

    1. Eclipse + ADT plugin
    2. Android SDK Tools
    3. Android Platform-tools
    4. The latest Android platform
    5. The latest Android system image for the emulator

After cloning the required branch, start eclipse

  • go-to File menu -> Import.
  • from the Import dialog box, select Android.
  • from Android section, select Existing Android Code Into Workspace and click Next button.
  • you will be taken to Import Projects dialog box, click Browse button and select the cloned repository.


For User and developer's guide, please visit

Documentation in raw sphinx format can be cloned from

git clone -b docs

please refer README.rst on how to generate html docs

Help, bugs, feedback

  1. Users can mail their queries, feedback and suggestions at
  2. Developers/Contributor can raise issues at issues
  3. Pull requests are most welcome


GNU GPL Version 3, 29 June 2007.

Please refer this link for detailed description.

All rights belong to the National Mission on Education through ICT, MHRD, Government of India.