Programming language: Scala
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
Tags: Money    
Latest version: v3.34

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Family Accounting Tool

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Familiy Accounting Tool keeps track of every transaction your family makes. Its goal is to:

  • Extract usefull statistics from the data E.g.: How much is spent on food each month?
  • Calculate internal debt E.g.: Alice buys toilet paper for the whole family with her own money. This tool then registers that the family ows Alice the cost of the toilet paper.
  • Provide a way to check if no money is disappearing in unexpected expenses E.g.: You will notice when there are hidden banking costs


[screenshot](screenshot.png "Screenshot")

Installation from release

  • Download the latest release
  • Unpack the archive
  • Open conf/application.conf in the unpacked folder:
    • Configure a database. The easiest way is to set up a MariaDB server locally, create an empty database called facto and configure it as follows:
db.default.slick.profile = "slick.jdbc.MySQLProfile$"
  • Choose secret values for play.http.secret.key and app.setup.defaultPassword

    • Open a terminal in the unpacked folder
    • Run following commands to get the app running:
    # Create database tables
    bin/server -DdropAndCreateNewDb
    # Create admin user
    bin/server -DcreateAdminUser
    # Run application

Installation with Docker (discouraged)

Warning: The following works fine for launching a demo server to have a look. But if you want to run this as a service with real data and custom configuration, it is recommended to follow the "Installation from release" section instead (see this issue for the reasons why).

The following commands will launch a new server alongside a database in Docker containers:

# Get the docker-compose.yml file
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nymanjens/facto/master/docker-compose.yml

# Choose a unique random string here of sufficient length
export APPLICATION_SECRET="$(cat /dev/urandom | tr -dc 'a-zA-Z0-9' | fold -w 32 | head -n 1)"

# Create an empty database with a single admin user
docker-compose run web sleep 5 # Wait for the database to be ready
docker-compose run web bin/server -DdropAndCreateNewDb
docker-compose run web bin/server -DcreateAdminUser

# Bring up the server
docker-compose up

When done, browse to http://localhost:9000/ (username: "admin", password: "changeme")


  • conf/application.conf: Setup and configure a database here.
  • Add users: A default user is created with the -DcreateAdminUser flag (username: admin, password: changeme). This account can create new users.
  • conf/accounting-config.yml: Edit this file to reflect your situation and preferences. Note that userLoginName has to refer to a user that already exists in the database (see previous point)


To effectively use this tool, you must learn to input the transactions correctly. Therefore, it's important to understand the meaning of categories and accounts.


These are used to split up your expenses into categories. Every account has some special special categories:

  • Accounting category: Used for non-real income/expenses. This category will be ignored when analysing the montly surplus/deficit in terms of expenses. Use this category e.g. when the expense will be payed back by your employer
  • Endowment category: Used for money transfer to the common account (see example in the next section)


An account can refer to a regular person or the common account.


A family has two members: Alice and Bob. There will be three accounts:

  • Alice
  • Bob
  • The common account

Alice and Bob will regularly transfer money to the common account which can be used to make common expenses. This transfer to the common account is called an 'endowment'.

Inputting transactions

Special fields:

  • Beneficiary: In case of an expense: The one that will benefit from the expense In case of an income: The one that was paid
  • Payed with/to: In case of an expense: Payed with In case of an income: Payed to
  • Flow: In case of an expense: Negative number representing the price In case of an income: Positive number

Using the Cash Flow overview effectively

The cash flow overview is a powerfull tool to check for unaccounted expenses.

You should:

  • Set the current amount of money you have for every payment method (cash, card, ...). You can do this by using the "set" button.
  • Whenever you perform a transaction, the balance will be updated automatically.
  • You can re-count your cash and see if it matches the calculated value. If it does, you can use the checkbox button to mark this. If it doesn't, you have made an error or lost money.

Special thanks

To the sponsor of this project: @indeedeng