Four Open Source Invoicing Apps Worth Checking Out
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Four Open Source Invoicing Apps Worth Checking Out
by Lisa Hoover - Apr. 05, 2010Comments (16)
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Invoicing is one of the necessary evils for freelancers and small business owners. It's a pain in the neck to bother with but, on the other hand, it's always nice to get paid. Here are four open source invoicing applications that make the job a little easier. Argentum - This full-featured invoicing app lets you manage multiple clients, along with their contact, bill, shipping, and contract information. It supports multiple currencies and has a built-in currency converter. Argentum has all kinds of different add-on modules for emails, budgeting, and live timers, along with an API so you can create customized modules to suit your specific needs. Argentum is free to download and use on your server, or the company will provide managed hosting for $10 per month. BambooInvoice - Simple and easy to use, this invoicing software sits on your server so you can control all your data securely and privately. It's highly customizable, including the ability to upload your own logos and images. BambooInvoice lets you manage your customer invoices at a granular level -- add invoice and client notes to each file, itemize work performed, include tax information, and more. Simple Invoices - This Web-based invoicing system makes billing your customers a breeze. It's accessible from anywhere and has a batch of features that should satisfy all but the most demanding users. Invoices you created can be emailed right from the app, exported to one of several formats including PDF, plain text, or Excel, and the app supports multiple invoice types as well. You can even use Simple Invoices to create receipts, quotes, estimates, documents, and many other kinds of forms contractors find themselves creating for clients. siwapp - This invoicing system was designed to be intuitive and fast to use. It has support for multiple invoices, clients, and will automatically generate invoices on a periodic basis if you want it to. Siwapp can be accessed online, but you can easily make backups to your own hard drive any time. If you're looking for an invoicing app that's straightforward without a lot of bells and whistles to get in the way, swiapp might be just what you're looking for.
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by Philippe Lewicki on Apr. 05, 2010May I mention an upcoming Open Source project with a great Invoicing application:
Its currently open in beta and we are working on the community and Open Source release.
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by Joel Barker on Apr. 09, 2010God, I have gone through so many of these applications, trying to find something that works with my flow and makes it easy for my customers. Thanks for the reviews.
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by an anonymous user on Apr. 14, 2010Ofuz is totally different from the 4 applications above. Nobody can download Ofuz. So where is the open code to work around?
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by an anonymous user on Apr. 18, 2010the problem with Ofuz is it hasn't anyway to add taxes to invoices...Unfortunatelly, this applications cannot be seriouselly used in countries such Canada with our multiples taxes....
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by Jesse on Apr. 29, 2010One that isn't on the list is MyClientBase, available at This is a free and open source web-based invoice management application that users can download and install on their own servers (or even modify, re-brand and sell). Feel free to come join the community!
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by an anonymous user on Nov. 02, 2010Ofuz does have a downloadable open source version:
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by an anonymous user on Nov. 02, 2010Hmm, the link did not show up:
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by sathai on Nov. 27, 2010I have been using BambooInvoice for over a year. but seem that their is not update for over a year now. I'm thinking to change to siwapp for the constant updates.
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by bevels on Feb. 05, 2011There seem to be a lot of options for "invoice generators" for a company to create an invoice with. Does anyone know of an option where it's targeted at the employee. So an employee fills in an online invoice, hits send, it generates a pdf (or similar) and sends that invoice to the employer. I can't seem to find anything that specifically does this?
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by an anonymous user on Feb. 20, 2011Tried ofuz. Looks promising. But the installation process is too difficult. I am used to installing apps like Joomla and wordpress. The install process for my client base looks pretty straightforward. If anybody has a better resource or explanation on installing ofuz, i'd be interested!
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by an anonymous user on Feb. 22, 2011I tried installing myclientbase, siwapp, ofuz and none of them would install. I also have experience installing web apps, but this is crazy.
Their forums are littered with installation error posts and little answers. Siwapp had the easiest instructions to follow but wouldnt get past the installation error screen.
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by Anush on Feb. 28, 2011Siwapp is really tough to trying myclientbase let see what happen :-)
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by Hedge on Mar. 12, 2011MyClientBase is a total stuff-up.
It causes your database to crash
It causes shuffling your invoices around, distributing bits and pieces among clients
It gives you PHP error results all over your screen ... and
It gives you arrogant replies like "that must have been an unpleasant experience to you and you client, huh?" -
form its "looser" creator "Jesse" ( a self-proclaimed Zweistein ... double as smart as Einstein)
You want to make sure to stuff up your business, too? Then use his bug-driven software!
It's free!
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by creativeboulder on Apr. 09, 2011So, I took a swing at all 4 of these plus a couple others. BambooInvoice and Simple Invoice install just fine. Very limited on what they can and cannot do. I didn't really feel that for my medium-sized client base that they would be efficient enough for more. MyClientBase would not not install, nor would Ofuz. Very frustrating. Luckily, I understand the CodeIgnitor framework and should be able to get it to install soon, either of them. Did get Siwapp to install. It's still up in the air. I want an open source Invoicing System that works with either or paypal, so it seems that Ofuz will have to be my choice unless I want to work with the code of the others and the Paypal API.
I will mention if and how I get MyClientBase installed.
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by Invoice templates on Jun. 20, 2011Happy to see Argentum on top, as i have been using this in my business for almost 1 the best of all, anyways thanks for the list!@bose
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by andrew Ryan on Jul. 28, 2011I'm a fan of argentinum. I tried Myclientbase but it was too sloppy for my company. I ended up using To each his own, i guess.
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