Open Source Accounting Software and Tutorials
Find out about a few options for open source accounting software that can be used for business and personal accounting. Learn about tutorials available for these programs.
Open source accounting software is software that comes with the source code so that it can modified by anyone. This allows individuals and companies to tailor the accounting programs to fit their needs. Open source accounting programs are available from many software developers. In some cases, tutorials are offered by the developers to help users learn to use the software and to learn to alter the source code.
GnuCash, found at GnuCash.org, is freely licensed financial accounting software for small businesses and individuals. The easy-to-download software works with BSD, Solaris, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Features include graphing and reporting capabilities, double-entry accounting, stock and mutual fund tracking, expense tracking, invoice generation and other common financial tools. GnuCash has an online help manual and tutorial and concepts guide that covers user questions and software functions. GnuCash is ranked by SmallBusinessComputing.com and by TechRadar.com as a top open source accounting program.
Grisbi is a basic personal accounting application for Windows and GNU/Linux users found on Grisbi.org. The software allows you to manage multiple currencies, accounts and expenditures and comes with a free manual to guide you through the application.
Designed for Linux users, KMyMoney is free personal financial management software using double entry accounting principles. KMyMoney is easy to use; it works a lot like MS Money and Quicken. Special features allow you to categorize expenses, import and export data and work with different accounts. KMyMoney is available on kmymoney2.sourceforge.net. A user manual is available online.
Open Systems accounting software (OSAS) from Open Systems, Inc. is award-winning accounting software for Windows, UNIX, Linux and Mac operating systems. The software was designed for small businesses, but may be customized to work for almost anyone. Primary features include reporting and budgeting tools, general ledger accounting and cost accounting capabilities. Open Systems won several quality awards in 2012 from K2 Enterprises.
Quasar is business accounting software from Linux Canada, Inc. (linuxcanada.com) that works with Linux or Windows. It's very similar to QuickBooks and its useful features, such as easy data entry, import and export capabilities, a graphical user interface and the ability to manage multiple currencies and accounts. Quasar offers video tutorials on its website.