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Welcome to ledger

Ledger is a powerful, double-entry accounting system that is accessed from the UNIX command-line. Ledger, begun in 2003, is written by John Wiegley and released under the BSD license. It has also inspired several ports to other languages.

To get started with Ledger, add transactions to a text file in Ledger’s own textual format. Here’s what a single transaction might look like:

2006/10/15 Exxon
    Expenses:Auto:Gas         $10.00
    Liabilities:MasterCard   $-10.00

You use the ledger command line program to see the balance of your accounts:

$ ledger -f your-file.dat balance
              $10.00  Expenses:Auto:Gas
             $-10.00  Liabilities:MasterCard
--------------------
                   0

or the history of a particular account:

$ ledger -f your-file.dat register Expenses
06-Oct-15 Exxon               Expenses:Auto:Gas          $10.00      $10.00

Read more about Ledger’s features.