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

Give it a try


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


There is now grocy-desktop if you want to run grocy without a webserver just like a normal (windows) desktop application.

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

Just unpack the latest release on your PHP (SQLite (3.8.3 or higher) extension required, currently only tested with PHP 7.2) enabled webserver (webservers root should point to the public directory), copy config-dist.php to data/config.php, edit it to your needs, ensure that the data directory is writable and you're ready to go, (to make writable chown -R www-data:www-data data/). Default login is user admin with password admin, please change the password immediately (see user menu).

Alternatively clone this repository and install Composer and Yarn dependencies manually.

If you use nginx as your webserver, please include try_files $uri /index.php; in your location block.

If, however, your webserver does not support URL rewriting, set DISABLE_URL_REWRITING in data/config.php (Setting('DISABLE_URL_REWRITING', true);).

How to run using Docker

See grocy/grocy-docker 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 (the default from values 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 (remember to make the script executable, chmod +x 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).


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, if your language is incomplete or not available yet. (Language can be changed in data/config.php, e. g. Setting('CULTURE', 'it');)

Maintaining your own localization

As the German translation will always be the most complete one, for maintaining your localization it would be easiest when you compare your localization with the German one with a diff tool of your choice.

Things worth to know

REST API & data model documentation

See the integrated Swagger UI instance on /api.

Barcode readers

Some fields 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.

Input shorthands for date fields

For (productivity) reasons all date (and time) input 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 never expire)
  • Down/up arrow keys will increase/decrease the date by one day
  • Right/left arrow keys will increase/decrease the date by 1 week

Keyboard shorthands for buttons

Wherever a button contains a bold highlighted letter, this is a shortcut key. Example: Button "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).

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 file data/demo.txt exists, 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).




Purchase - with barcode scan

Purchase - with barcode scan

Consume - with manual search

Consume - with manual search


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