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ERP beyond your fridge

grocy is a web-based self-hosted groceries & household management solution for your home

Give it a try

Questions / Help / Bug reporting / Feature requests

There is the r/grocy subreddit to connect with other grocy users and getting help.

If you've found something that does not work or if you have an idea for an improvement or new things which you would find useful, feel free to open a request on the issue tracker here.

Please don't send me private messages regarding grocy help. I check the issue tracker and the subreddit pretty much daily, but don't provide grocy support beyond that.

Community contributions

See the website for a list of community contributed Add-ons / Tools: https://grocy.info/addons

Motivation

A household needs to be managed. I did this so far (almost 10 years) with my first self written software (a C# Windows forms application) and with a bunch of Excel sheets. The software is a pain to use and Excel is Excel. So I searched for and tried different things for a (very) long time, nothing 100 % fitted, so this is my aim for a "complete household management"-thing. ERP your fridge!

How to install

Checkout grocy-desktop, if you want to run grocy without having to manage a webserver just like a normal (Windows) desktop application.

Directly download the latest release - the installation is nothing more than just clicking 2 times "next".

See https://grocy.info/links for some installation guides and troubleshooting help.

grocy is technically a pretty simple PHP application, so the basic notes to get it running are:

  • Unpack the latest release
  • Copy config-dist.php to data/config.php + edit to your needs
  • Ensure that the data directory is writable
  • The webserver root should point to the public directory
  • Include try_files $uri /index.php$is_args$query_string; in your location block if you use nginx
    • Or disable URL rewriting (see the option DISABLE_URL_REWRITING in data/config.php)
  • Based on user reports, the minmimum required/working runtime is PHP 7.2 with SQLite 3.9.0
    • However, I don't really care about supporting old runtime stuff, currently everything is only tested against (means 100 % works with) PHP 7.4 with SQLite 3.27.2
  • → Default login is user admin with password admin, please change the password immediately (user menu at the top right corner)

Alternatively clone this repository (the release branch always references the latest released version, or checkout the latest tagged revision) and install Composer and Yarn dependencies manually.

How to run using Docker

See grocy/grocy-docker or linuxserver/docker-grocy for instructions.

How to update

Just overwrite everything with the latest release while keeping the data directory, check config-dist.php for new configuration options and add them to your data/config.php where appropriate (the default values from config-dist.php will be used for not in data/config.php defined settings). Just to be sure, please empty data/viewcache.

If you run grocy on Linux, there is also update.sh (remember to make the script executable (chmod +x update.sh) and ensure that you have unzip installed) which does exactly this and additionally creates a backup (.tgz archive) of the current installation in data/backups (backups older than 60 days will be deleted during the update).

Localization

grocy is fully localizable - the default language is English (integrated into code), a German localization is always maintained by me. You can easily help translating grocy at https://www.transifex.com/grocy/grocy, if your language is incomplete or not available yet. (The default language can be set in data/config.php, e. g. Setting('DEFAULT_LOCALE', 'it'); and there is also a user setting (see the user settings page) to set a different language per user).

The pre-release demo is available for any translation which is at least 70 % complete and will pull the translations from Transifex 10 minutes past every hour, so you can have a kind of instant preview of your contributed translations. Thank you!

Also any translation which once reached a completion level of 70 % will be included in releases.

RTL languages are unfortunately not yet supported.

Things worth to know

REST API & data model documentation

See the integrated Swagger UI instance on /api.

Barcode readers & camera scanning

Some fields (with a barcode icon above) also allow to select a value by scanning a barcode. It works best when your barcode reader prefixes every barcode with a letter which is normally not part of a item name (I use a $) and sends a TAB after a scan.

Additionally it's also possible to use your device camera to scan a barcode by using the camera button on the right side of the corresponding field (powered by Quagga2, totally offline / client-side camera stream processing, please note due to browser security restrictions, this only works when serving grocy via a secure connection (https://)). Quick video demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5YH6IJFnfc

My personal recommendation: Use a USB barcode laser scanner. They are cheap and work 1000 % better, faster, under any lighting condition and from any angle.

Input shorthands for date fields

For (productivity) reasons all date (and time) input (and display) fields use the ISO-8601 format regardless of localization. The following shorthands are available:

  • MMDD gets expanded to the given day on the current year, if > today, or to the given day next year, if < today, in proper notation
    • Example: 0517 will be converted to 2018-05-17
  • YYYYMMDD gets expanded to the proper ISO-8601 notation
    • Example: 20190417 will be converted to 2019-04-17
  • YYYYMMe or YYYYMM+ gets expanded to the end of the given month in the given year in proper notation
    • Example: 201807e will be converted to 2018-07-31
  • x gets expanded to 2999-12-31 (which I use for products which are never overdue)
  • Down/up arrow keys will increase/decrease the date by 1 day
  • Right/left arrow keys will increase/decrease the date by 1 week
  • Shift + down/up arrow keys will increase/decrease the date by 1 month
  • Shift + right/left arrow keys will increase/decrease the date by 1 year

Keyboard shorthands for buttons

Wherever a button contains a bold highlighted letter, this is a shortcut key. Example: Button "P Add as new product" can be "pressed" by using the P key on your keyboard.

Barcode lookup via external services

Products can be directly added to the database via looking them up against external services by a barcode. This is currently only possible through the REST API. There is no plugin included for any service, see the reference implementation in data/plugins/DemoBarcodeLookupPlugin.php.

Database migrations

Database schema migration is automatically done when visiting the root (/) route (click on the logo in the left upper edge).

Please note: Database migrations are supposed to work between releases, not between every commit. If you want to run the current master branch (which is the development version), however, you need to handle that (and maybe more) yourself.

Disable certain features

If you don't use certain feature sets of grocy (for example if you don't need "Chores"), there are feature flags per major feature set to hide/disable the related UI elements (see config-dist.php)

Adding your own CSS or JS without to have to modify the application itself

  • When the file data/custom_js.html exists, the contents of the file will be added just before </body> (end of body) on every page
  • When the file data/custom_css.html exists, the contents of the file will be added just before </head> (end of head) on every page

Demo mode

When the MODE setting is set to dev, demo or prerelease, the application will work in a demo mode which means authentication is disabled and some demo data will be generated during the database schema migration.

Embedded mode

When the file embedded.txt exists, it must contain a valid and writable path which will be used as the data directory instead of data and authentication will be disabled (used in grocy-desktop).

In embedded mode, settings can be overridden by text files in data/settingoverrides, the file name must be <SettingName>.txt (e. g. BASE_URL.txt) and the content must be the setting value (normally one single line).

Contributing / Say thanks

Any help is more than appreciated. Feel free to pick any open unassigned issue and submit a pull request, but please leave a short comment or assign the issue yourself, to avoid working on the same thing.

See https://grocy.info/#say-thanks for more ideas if you just want to say thanks.

Roadmap

There is none. The progress of a specific bug/enhancement is always tracked in the corresponding issue, at least by commit comment references.

Screenshots

Stock overview

Stock overview

Shopping List

Shopping List

Meal Plan

Meal Plan

Chores overview

Chores overview

License

The MIT License (MIT)