I want to be able to use Emacs for my double-entry accounting so that
I don’t have to start GnuCash. I would like it to be emacs-wiki
compatible so that I can publish it as an emacs-wiki file. I can begin
with having all of my entries in a GeneralLedger wiki page. Each entry
can be of the form

Date {{Finance:GUID}} Transaction name / notes Account Amount

The amount would be expressed as either Amount (credit) or -Amount

I want to be able to quickly cycle or complete accounts, and I
think I’ll be able to do that with hippie-expand or some way to choose
accounts easily.

– I want to be able to see a summary of the balances of accounts.
– I want to be able to view income/expense reports aggregated by month.
– I want to be able to see expense reports per month.
– I want to allow split transactions.


  • Hey Sacha!
    Have you done this?
    I’m coding my own DE accounting system off of an SQL DB right now, but I was wondering if just using an Emacs file that gets parsed and loaded into a DB wouldn’t be easier.
    What are you using?

    PS I don’t like GnuCash, it’s buggy and cumbersome. Tried it hard, gave up.

  • Just use Ledger, another wonderful John Wiegley program. =) Fast, powerful, and totally text-file friendly. =D