Can I use IBANs with LedgerSMB?

Yes. IBANs are very long, bank account numbers. LedgerSMB has no problems storing, retrieving and using these without any issue.

Is LedgerSMB SEPA proof?

Yes. SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) requires support for very long bank account numbers (IBANs or International Bank Account Numbers). LedgerSMB can store and use these numbers without problems.

How do I restore my data?

Assuming you have created a backup file using setup.pl, you can restore your database using the command:

 $ pg_restore [options] your_backup.bak

It should be pointed out that it's not possible to restore a backup to a database with a different name than the one you made the backup from!

Which versions of Perl does LedgerSMB support?

The table below lists the compatibility of LedgerSMB versions with Perl versions. Products for which support has ceased due to End-of-Life date being reached are not listed and should not be used.

How do I create a backup?

In the 'setup.pl' administrative interface, there are 2 buttons:

  • Backup database
  • Backup roles

One creates a backup of the content of your database. The other creates a backup of the roles.

Roles are elements which are required to exist before creation of a database, and assign fine-grained access control.

When restoring, you need both files and you need to restore the roles before the database.

Can I use LedgerSMB on MS Windows?

The answer to this question depends on what using means to you.

As a user of the web application, yes, there should be absolutely no problem using a recent (as in: no more than 2 or 3 years old) web browser in order to take advantage of all the features available.

I'm using non-ASCII (Unicode) characters. Why can't I generate PDF output?

The short answer is that TeX doesn't know how to deal with UTF-8 (or rather non-ASCII) characters. XeTeX has been designed to work around these limitations. The easiest way to generate PDFs is to install Xe(La)TeX and use the 'xedemo' templates - these templates have been 'ported' from LaTeX to XeLaTeX.

Distribution specific install instructions listed below.

Debian / Ubuntu 

Install texlive-xetex that includes xelatex

Which versions do you support?

Active support

Versions 1.4 and higher are under active development and are supported by the community.

End of life

If you're looking for help on how to use EOL-ed versions, please try mailing the users mailing list. If you're looking someone to create bugfixes, please check with one of the parties providing commercial support.

Version 1.3 has been declared end-of-life on 2015-12-23. The last release in the series is 1.3.47. No further releases will be made by the community.

LedgerSMB versions 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 won't be maintained any further due to the fact that there are some known security issues which can't be fixed.

IRC Support

For real-time help try IRC - you will usually find most of the core team hanging out at irc.freenode.net / #ledgersmb

The IRC channel is also bridged to the Matrix Network as #ledgersmb

There are people there who range from users to developers who are willing to help. We have agreed to adopt the Ubuntu code of conduct for our community. Please read it if you plan on joining us.

Please keep in mind that the community (especially the people you may need help from) are scattered around the world and will likely be in a different timezone to you.
This means that it can sometimes take quite a few hours before someone responds.
For email lists this is not a big problem, but if you are using IRC (directly or via a matrix guest session) you will need to stay connected until someone answers otherwise we have no way to contact you :-)

If you ask for help as a signed up Matrix user, please log back in and check for a response occasionally, we will always respond as soon as someone is available.

Pasting multiple lines

We also ask that you always use a paste site when pasting more than 2-3 lines.

Paste sites include:

  • http://paste.lisp.org/
  • http://scsys.co.uk:8002/ - direct past url to #ledgersmb via irc boot
  • If you are using Matrix, pasting images and files will use a pastebin site (provided by matrix) automatically, but large blocks of text still need to be manually placed in a pastebin
Matrix vs IRC
  • Guest Access using the vector.im web client (with limited matrix features)
  • Easy account signup via vector.im
  • Room (Channel) history, even from when you are not online.
  • Still a few features not implemented in the Matrix => IRC bridge
    but they shouldn't affect most users
  • Inconvenient to change your NICK on the IRC side of the bridge
    You need to do this from a private chat with @appservice-irc:matrix.org
  • It is currently almost impossible to authenticate on the IRC network (you shouldn't need to)
  • At this time you shouldn't use matrix to send any commands to the IRC network that contain sensitive information as they will be visible to all users in the matrix room

We suggest you create an account as that will allow you to log back in later to see our response to your question.

All in All, matix (using the IRC bridge) is possibly a better fit for many users.

Connecting to IRC
  • You can use a browser-based irc client to join the channel.
  • You can use a browser-based matrix client to join the channel.
    It defaults to guest access with reduced features, but it is trivial to sign up and get additional benefits like channel history and other things.
Dedicated IRC client


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