The Balance: Top Free or Open Source Accounting Programs

If you own a small business and need an accounting program but don't have a big budget, you may find that one of the accounting software programs listed below will meet your needs. It is a list of accounting software programs that are free, open source programs. These applications are alternatives to the traditional propriety accounting software programs such as QuickBooks and Peachtree with which most small business owners are familiar.

By Glenn Tyndall

xTuple PostBooks®

PostBooks is an accounting software and business management system. PostBooks has the standard accounting modules, which includes general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, bank reconciliation and financial reporting. However, PostBooks has additional features that include customer resource management (CRM), purchasing and light manufacturing. PostBooks also has OpenRPT, which is an open source report writer so that you can customize its reports to meet your business’ specific needs.

Operating System Compatibility: Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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