EekBoek quick start guide

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Using EekBoek for the first time can be confusing, not only because it was originally conceived in Dutch, but also because the configurations and options may be hard to find. The following assumes that you have a working operating system with the latest version of EekBoek installed and a terminal window logged in as a user with the ability to run sudo commands (root privileges).

Setting up an administration

Type the following to enter the EekBoek environment in english:

LANG=en_US.UTF-8 ebshell

The ebshell is the environment in which all EekBoek commands can be entered. If this is the first time you log into the EekBoek environment, you will now be presented with an interactive menu consisting of 6 questions. These questions help to set up an administration for you. After completion, there is a directory under $HOME/.eekboek/admdir with the name of the administration that contains the set of configuration files. So, if the administration is called eekboek_test_2015, then the configuration files will be stored under $HOME/.eekboek/admdir/eekboek_test_2015.

Type help to get a list of commands. Type the following command to find help on that command:


For instance help memoriaal.

Using EekBoek

The attached file contains working examples of bookings which are further explained below.


Use the following commands to import this file:

import --file=mutaties-en.txt

Or in the shell directly:

ebshell --import --file=mutaties-en.txt


The following syntax is used in the booking examples below:

  • ? = optional
  • * = zero or more
  • + = one or more
  • | = alternatives

Booking formats

Inkoopfactuur: inkoop(:nr)? date description crediteur (--totaal=amount)? regel+
Verkoopfactuur: verkoop(:nr)? date description debiteur (--totaal=amount)? regel+
Bankafschrift: bank(:nr)? date description (crd_regel | deb_regel | std_regel)+
Kas: kas(:nr)? date description (crd_regel | deb_regel | std_regel)+
Memoriaal: memoriaal(:nr)? date description (crd_regel | deb_regel | std_regel)+
crd_regel: crd date? crediteur amount
deb_regel: deb date? debiteur amount
std_regel: std date? regel
regel: description amount account

Sample bookings

Example of a booking as sales, with booking number 12:

verkoop:12 20xx-10-20 "Consulting hours" ACME Activities 369,82 8900

For backdated bookings, add the year to which the booking should be attributed:

[kas|bank|inkoop|verkoop]:[year]:[accountnumber] [date] [description] [relation] [regel]


verkoop:2006:12 20xx-10-20 "Consulting hours" ACME Activities 369,82 8900

Removing bookings

To remove bookings, use the following command:


which will remove the last entered booking. Use the following to remove the booking with the specified booking number.:

verwijder verkoop:12

Leaving EekBoek

Type quit to leave the EekBoek environment.

EekBoek support

Even though the language may bar you from using EekBoek more often, there is a wealth of assistance available. A short-list: