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Roadmap / Wishlist

Ideas about where the hledger project should be going next, as of 2019q4. Discussion welcome.


Dated targets we are aiming for:

  • hledger 1.16 - 2019-12-01
    • ghc 8.8 support
    • updated home page, faq, manuals
    • basic bar charts
    • reduce install hassles with terminfo C lib


Current priorities for the project, grouped under four overarching themes:


Improving the docs.

  • home & faq
  • manuals (more discoverability on web)
  • contrib guide (include readmes, update)
  • cookbook docs (survey, plan, update)


Improving approachability, just-works quality, practicality, real-world usefulness.

  • ghc 8.8, stackage nightly
  • install issues (C libs..)
  • more powerful CSV conversion
  • fill out holes in feature matrix


Adding charts and more visual appeal.

  • console charts, basic bar charts
  • clarify architecture/UI for charts
  • graphical charts using Chart and/or Vega
  • review/design/add more attractive default output (see taskwarrior)


Improving suitability for investment tracking. #1015

  • easy price fetching
  • lots
  • capital gains
  • ?


A few high-level maintainer wishes, by topic. Discussing/moving any of these forward is a big help.


  • build the contributor/dev guide from plus the READMEs; clean up
  • move general PTA docs to
  • simplify manuals' TOC/structure on the website


  • migrate to tasty, unblock ghc 8.8 support
  • survey/document current testing setup (process, coverage, redundancy..); identify weaknesses; design a policy for tests; make a plan for achieving that
  • start adding property tests/other new kinds of testing if appropriate
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