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Buddi is a personal finance and budgeting program, aimed at those who have little or no financial background. In making this software, I have attempted to make things as simple as possible, while still retaining enough functions to satisfy most home users.

Screenshot of Buddi's transaction screen

Buddi is released as Open Source Software. You can download it for free, with no disabled features and no time limit. If you find that you like it, and that it has helped you to organize your finances, I would greatly appreciate a small donation via the link at the bottom of the page. I have spent thousands of hours of my own time perfecting Buddi - while I am not doing this for the money, I do need to support myself and my family, and every little bit helps.

Buddi will run on almost any computer which has a Java virtual machine installed (Java 1.6 or higher is required for current versions of Buddi; see the Download page for details). This can include Windows, Macintosh OS X, Linux, and many other operating systems.

Screenshot of one of Buddi's reporting features

Buddi is currently available in multiple languages. If you are interested in translating to another language, feel free to do so! I would greatly appreciate it if you also sent me the translated file once you are finished. For more details, please see the translations page.

Buddi is released under the GNU General Public License. Since Buddi is released as Open Source Software, everyone has free access to the source code (available for download from the SourceForge project page). This gives you the ability to modify the program if you want it to work a little differently, or if you want to add some new features. For more information on Open Source Software in general, and the GNU General Public License in particular, you can refer to Wikipedia.


Buddi Released (January 5 2015)

I deployed a new version today; included is a fix to support OS X Java VMs from Oracle on newer operating systems, and a Norsk language update.

Buddi Review on BadCredit.org

BadCredit.org has posted a review of Buddi. Read it on their site for details.

Buddi Live Public Beta (April 20 2013)

I am happy to announce the public beta version of Buddi Live is now available. In this case, Beta software means that it is not yet feature complete, and there are likely bugs, but the data itself should be stable enough for real-life use (and in fact my own budget has been exclusively on Buddi Live for the past week or so). For those of you who are Buddi Desktop users and have existing data there, the most recent version of Buddi Desktop ( has been released last week, and includes an export option to generate the Buddi Live data (.json) format. You can upload this file to Buddi Live using System -> Restore.

As this is still beta software, I would strongly recommend that you backup your data after each session; I don't anticipate problems which could lose data, but it is always a possibility. You can backup by clicking System -> Backup, and keeping the resulting Backup.json file in a safe place.

In the coming days / weeks, I plan on expanding Buddi Live's functionality. Here is a rough list of the planned functionality, as well as the order in which it will hopefully occur:

  1. Enable SSL (HTTPS) on the web site
  2. Add the default reports from Buddi Desktop (currently I have "Expenses by Category" and "Income by Category" pie charts)
  3. Start work on the mobile version of Buddi Live. This will be usable on cell phones, and will have a subset of features that the full version has; I anticipate being able to enter transactions and view how well you are meeting your budget (i.e. if you have budgeted $500 for groceries, and have spent $400, you have $100 left). If you have other ideas which would fit well with a mobile budgeting application feel free to send them to me.

Buddi Live Announcement (February 26 2013)

After a long wait time, I have begun development on Buddi Live: a web based application which allows you to track your finances at home and on the go, using your computer, tablet, or smart phone. There will be options both for those who want a hosted 'cloud' provider, as well as those who prefer to run their own server. Development is ongoing, and I hope to have a beta release completed by the end of March. The software will remain open source and accessible to everyone, and there will be import capabilities from the current Buddi desktop-based program.

If you are interested in this exciting new development, and want to be informed of further information and releases, please email me with the subject "Buddi Live info".

Winner of About.com Personal Finance Software (Mac) Award

About.com 2011 Reader's Choice Awards Winner Buddi has won this year's Readers Choice award for best Mac finance software! Thanks to all those who have voted!

About.com Personal Finance Finalist (February 16 2011)

About.com 2011 Reader's Choice Awards Buddi has been nominated for the About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2011. Thanks to all who have voted.

Plugins updated (July 11 2010)

The plugins have been updated to support changes made in Buddi version Please download them for updates.

Buddi 3.4 branch released (June 10 2010)

I am pleased to announce the Buddi 3.4 branch, the culmination of a year and a half of work. Included are the ability to use split transactions, improved interface for budgeting, and many bug fixes.

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