A double-entry accounting system with a command-line reporting interface
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Ledger: Command-Line Accounting

Ledger is a powerful, double-entry accounting system that is accessed from the
UNIX command-line. This may put off some users, since there is no flashy UI,
but for those who want unparalleled reporting access to their data there are
few alternatives.

For the Impatient

I know, you just want to build and play. If you have all the dependencies
installed (see below), then simply do this:

git clone git://github.com/jwiegley/ledger.git
cd ledger && ./acprep && make check

Now try your first ledger command:

./ledger -f doc/sample.dat reg

To the Rest

If you’re reading this file, you have in your hands the Bleeding Edge. This
may very well not be what you want, since it’s not guaranteed to be in a
functionally complete state. It’s under active development, and may change in
any way at any time.

What you may prefer is the current stable release, or the current beta branch.
The BETA is what I prefer people use, since I still have a chance to fix
major bugs that you find. Just e-mail me, or post to the mailing list,
they’ll become a part of my work list.

| CURRENT | git checkout master | | BETA | git checkout -b maint origin/maint | | RELEASE | git checkout v2.6.1 |

There are also several topic branches which contain experimental features,
though none of these are guaranteed to compile. Best to chat with me on
IRC or via the
mailing list before going too
much further with those.


If you wish to proceed in this venture, you’ll need a few dependencies:

For building the current master branch

|. Library |_. Min.Ver. |. When needed | | Boost | 1.35 or higher | | | GMP | 4.2.2 | | | MPFR | 2.4.0 | | | gettext | 0.17 | optional | | libedit | 20090111-3.0 | optional | | Python | 2.4 or higher | optional | | cppunit | 1.12.1 | optional, for make check | | doxygen | | optional, for make docs | | graphviz | 2.20.3 | optional, for make docs | | texinfo | 4.13 | optional, for make docs | | lcov | 1.6 | optional, for make report, used with ./acprep gcov| | sloccount | 2.26 | optional, for make sloc |

For building the beta or release branches

|. Library |_. Min.Ver. |. When needed | | GMP | 4.2.2 | | | pcre | 7.7 | | | libofx | 0.8.3 | optional | | expat | 2.0.1 | optional | | libxml2 | 2.7.2 | optional |


If you build stuff using MacPorts, as I do, here is what you would run:

sudo port install boost +python25+st gmp mpfr gettext libedit \
     cppunit texlive doxygen graphviz texinfo lcov            \
     sloccount pcre libofx expat

You can even just install the current Ledger RELEASE directly:

sudo port install ledger


If you’re going to be build on Ubuntu, sudo apt-get install ...
the following packages (current as of Ubuntu Hardy):

sudo apt-get install build-essential libtool autoconf automake   \
     texinfo python-dev zlib1g-dev libbz2-dev stow libgmp3-dev   \
     bjam libboost1.35-dev libboost-regex1.35-dev                \
     libboost-date-time1.35-dev libboost-filesystem1.35-dev

Preparing the Build

The next step is preparing your environment for building. While you can use
autogen.sh, I’ve prepared a script that does a lot more of the footwork for


Please read the contents of config.log if the configure step fails. Also,
see the help command to acprep, which explains some of its many options.
It’s pretty much the only command I run for configuring, building and testing


Once you have the dependencies installed and the source prepared for building,
run make check to get things started and confirm the result.

If you have extra CPU cycles to burn, try ./acprep proof, which provides the
most thorough shakedown of a healthy source tree.


Now that you’re up and running, here are a few resources to keep in mind:

| Home page | http://www.newartisans.com/software/ledger.html | | IRC channel | #ledger on irc.freenode.net | | Mailing List / Forum | http://groups.google.com/group/ledger-cli | | GitHub project page | http://github.com/jwiegley/ledger | | Buildbot status | http://www.newartisans.com:9090 | | Ohloh code analysis | http://www.ohloh.net/projects/ledger |

If you have ideas you’d like to share, the best way is either to e-mail me a
patch (I prefer attachments over pasted text), or to get an account on GitHub.
Once you do, fork the Ledger project, hack
as much as you like, then send me a pull request via GitHub.