GnuCash Dashboard

a personal finance dashboard which turns data from a local GnuCash file into a neat overview of your financial situation.

October 2021

GnuCash is a free and open source accounting software which has been around for decades. It is highly stable, actively maintained and supports double-entry accounting.

Please Note: The current state of work is tested on elementary OS 6 (based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS). If you'd like to run the dashboard on another platform and run into issues, feel free to let me know in the issues section of the GitHub repository.

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Metrics

A lot of inspiration for the KPI's is drawn from Michael Walker's approach on personal finance.

Net Worth Absolute

If I paid off all my liabilities right now, how much of my assets would remain?

net_worth = assets + liabilities
  • 🟢 Good: Greater than 0.

  • 🟠 Medium: Equals to 0.

  • 🔴 Bad: Less than 0.

Net Worth Trend

What is the net worth growth trend for the last n months?

net_worth_trend = linear_regression (assets_last_n_months + liabilities_last_n_months)

# Default: n months = 6
  • 🟢 Good: Ascending slope (the steeper the better).

  • 🟠 Medium: Straight slope.

  • 🔴 Bad: Descending slope (the steeper the worse).

Net Worth Prediction

If my net worth keeps growing at the current rate, when will I achieve a certain goal?

net_worth_predicted_at_date = extrapolate(net_worth_trend, until=goal)

# Default: goal = 100_000
  • 🟢 Good: Less than 10 years.

  • 🟠 Medium: 10 to 20 years.

  • 🔴 Bad: More than 20 years.

Income vs. Expenses

This should be pretty self explanatory. Defaults to the last 6 months.

Runway

If my income stopped right now, how long would I be able to survive?

runway = assets / average_daily_expense_last_n_days

# Default: n days = 180
  • 🟢 Good: More than 90 days.

  • 🟠 Medium: 60 to 90 days.

  • 🔴 Bad: Less than 60 days.

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