actual VS plaintextaccounting

Compare actual vs plaintextaccounting and see what are their differences.

plaintextaccounting

The plaintextaccounting.org website, a portal to Ledger, hledger, beancount and co. Also the PTA wiki. (by plaintextaccounting)
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60 62
12,267 524
4.5% 0.8%
9.8 9.6
3 days ago 23 days ago
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MIT License GNU General Public License v3.0 only
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actual

Posts with mentions or reviews of actual. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-03-20.

plaintextaccounting

Posts with mentions or reviews of plaintextaccounting. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-04-10.
  • Ask HN: Best option for lightweight data persistence for simple local program?
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 19 May 2024
    Text files are fine.

    Check out plain text accounting:

    https://plaintextaccounting.org/

  • Double-Entry Bookkeeping as a Directed Graph
    5 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 10 Apr 2024
    I use ledger: https://ledger-cli.org/

    I believe this same plain text format is used by other tools, which you can find info about here: https://plaintextaccounting.org/ (In particular a lot of people seem to use hledger and beancount)

    The ledger is written using a text editor. The purpose of the software is to add everything up, calculate the balances and make sure everything balances. I keep all of my 12 years of accounting in one file and haven't noticed any slowdown. But a real business would surely have many more accounts and may want to split files by financial year or something.

    I use helper scripts to convert the data from my bank CSV downloads into ledger format. It uses machine learning to associate payees to accounts (e.g. "Tesco" gets filed to the account "Expenses:Groceries"). I haven't maintained the ML part although it works for me most of the time. In case it's useful, the code is here: https://github.com/georgek/accounts/

  • Pandoc
    17 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 28 Jan 2024
  • Ask HN: How Do You Budget?
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 27 Dec 2023
    I invite you to hang out in the https://plaintextaccounting.org/#news-discussion -> chats, we like to discuss tactics.
  • Trakk: expense trakking app
    2 projects | /r/personalfinanceindia | 6 Nov 2023
    My attempt at solving the same problem https://paisa.fyi. It builds on top of https://plaintextaccounting.org/ principles and is available as a CLI/Desktop App.
  • Mint is shutting down, and it's pushing users toward Credit Karma
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 2 Nov 2023
    ledger, hledger, beancount: https://plaintextaccounting.org/

    Gnucash

    Firefly III

    The plain text accounting options are by far the best if you're willing to give up automatic pretty navigation and graphing.

  • Why plain text accounting over tools like excel or other accounting software, apart from version control?
    1 project | /r/plaintextaccounting | 27 Oct 2023
  • Accounting for Computer Scientists – Martin Kleppmann's Blog
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 20 Oct 2023
    Same: see also https://plaintextaccounting.org/

    ...the gist is "ledger.exe" (crufty-old-C-program) is the "perl" of plain-text-accounting. The implementation _is_ the specification.

    "HLedger" (haskell) is the mostly-compatible ("now you have 15 standards!") which cleans up a bit of the crufty accidents and is considered more "pure" and "correct".

    Mess with it for funsies, and consider using `hledger-ui` for browsing. It's really really powerful!

    Specifically this part is super cool: https://ledger-cli.org/doc/ledger3.html#Commodities-and-Curr...

    ...and: https://ledger-cli.org/doc/ledger3.html#Currency-and-Commodi...

    Implied exchange rates, arbitrary commodities/inventory. It gets into really heady territory pretty quick.

  • Ask HN: Plaintext-oriented and SQLite based family office accounting solutions?
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 17 Jul 2023
    Does anyone know of in the spirit of something like plain text accounting (https://plaintextaccounting.org/) but adapted to integrate the complexities of a wealthy family? I intend to implement something myself, but was interesting if there was anything else out there.

    The point would be to design something that substitutes for Addepar but with a sensibly organized sqlite db and csvs as "first class" sources of truth (and scripts to handle a variety of common functionality).

    So it is really an exercise in understanding the correct architecture of various hierarchies, relationships, and categories in the context of a wealthy family.

    All the major software out there just does not seem very good, have a principled handle on the fundamental and primitive relationships and operations that describe a family's financial affairs (everything done on an ad hoc basis). And because of this, entail complete data/platform lock-in.

  • Ask HN: How do you manage your personal finances?
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 10 Jul 2023
    I use Beancount; learned at https://plaintextaccounting.org/.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing actual and plaintextaccounting you can also consider the following projects:

Firefly III - Firefly III: a personal finances manager

hledger-mode - An Emacs major mode for Hledger

ghostfolio - Open Source Wealth Management Software. Angular + NestJS + Prisma + Nx + TypeScript 🤍

emanote - Emanate a structured view of your plain-text notes

actual-server - Actual's server

hledger - Robust, fast, intuitive plain text accounting tool with CLI, TUI and web interfaces.

docker-budge

reckon - Flexibly import bank account CSV files into Ledger for command-line accounting

budge

ynab-to-ledger - A tool to convert a YNAB-exported CSV file to a plaintext accounting ledger dat file

data-importer - The Firefly III Data Importer can import data into Firefly III

application - Buckets Desktop Application

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