"Firefly III" is a (self-hosted) manager for your personal finances. It can help you keep track of your expenses and income, so you can spend less and save more. Firefly III supports the use of budgets, categories and tags. It can import data from external sources and it has many neat financial reports available. Here are some screenshots:
Personal financial management is pretty difficult, and everybody has their own approach to it. Some people make budgets, other people limit their cashflow by throwing away their credit cards, others try to increase their current cashflow. There are tons of ways to save and earn money. Firefly III works on the principle that if you know where your money is going, you can stop it from going there.
By keeping track of your expenses and your income you can budget accordingly and save money. Stop living from paycheck to paycheck but give yourself the financial wiggle room you need.
You can read more about this in the official documentation.
Firefly III is pretty feature packed. Some important stuff first:
The most exciting features are:
Then the things that make you go "yeah OK, makes sense".
And the things you would hope for but not expect:
And to organise everything:
This application is for people who want to track their finances, keep an eye on their money without having to upload their financial records to the cloud. You're a bit tech-savvy, you like open source software and you don't mind tinkering with (self-hosted) servers.
There are many ways to run Firefly III
Your help is always welcome! Feel free to open issues, ask questions, talk about it and discuss this tool. I've created several social media accounts and I invite you to follow them, tweet at them and post to them. There's reddit and Twitter. It's not very active but it's a start!
For all other contributions, see below.
Firefly III should give you insight into and control over your finances. Money should be useful, not scary. You should be able to see where it is going, to feel your expenses and to... wow, I'm going overboard with this aren't I?
But you get the idea: this is your money. These are your expenses. Stop them from controlling you. I built this tool because I started to dislike money. Having it, not having, paying bills with it, etc. But no more. I want to feel "safe", whatever my balance is. And I hope this tool can help. I know it helps me.
Over time, many people have contributed to Firefly III.
Several users have built pretty awesome stuff around the Firefly III API. Check out these tools:
Want to be in this list? Let me know!
If you like Firefly III and if it helps you save lots of money, why not send me a dime for every dollar saved!
Thank you for considering donating to Firefly III!
If you are looking for alternatives, check out Kickball's Awesome-Selfhosted list which features not only Firefly III but also many other noteworthy alternatives.
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