For a freelancer, annihilation is added important than time. Tracking invoices or accomplishing paperwork can bound become annoying and absorb a ample allocation of that. In March, I showed you FusionInvoice, a apparatus to accumulate clue of your audience and invoices. Although it’s a nice and attainable to use tool, its open-source adaptation has back been discontinued and in allotment taken over by InvoicePlane. In this post, however, I’d like to acquaint you to InvoiceNinja.
InvoiceNinja is an open-source self-hosted and billow hosted invoicing platform.
True to its motto, InvoiceNinja’s interface is simple and automatic authoritative creating invoices a breeze. Tasks like managing clients, arising a new balance or abacus a acquittal are aloof simple accomplishments that alike an amateur user will feel adequate doing. Its simplistic dashboard greets the user announcement accordant advice about the invoices created and their status. The alive examination of the balance will advice you to calmly analysis it afore sending it to your clients.
Through affiliation with PayPal, Google Wallet and 21 added acquittal processors, InvoiceNinja makes it actual attainable for your audience to balance you for your assignment anon through the application.
Getting bottomward on the abstruse level, InvoiceNinja has, at its core, the latest adaptation of the Laravel framework while its UI is congenital on the Twitter Bootstrap library. This affiliation makes it attainable to amend the self-hosted version’s affair absolutely to your requirements as able-bodied as accepting a acknowledging blueprint and actuality adaptable affable out-of-the-box.
Installation to a bounded ambiance is actual simple back appliance Laravel’s Homestead pre-packaged Accidental box. Homestead runs on any Windows, Mac, or Linux host arrangement and includes the Nginx web server, PHP 5.5 and the MySQL 5.5 database server already installed and configured.
Bruno Škvorc makes a abundant job answer how to get Homestead up and active in aloof 5 simple steps. You can analysis out his commodity if you are unfamilliar to Homestead as we won’t go in to abundant detail here. Aloof accomplish abiding you chase his accomplish but skip the 5th footfall and do not cossack the VM afore we adapt it for our application.
Now if you followed Bruno’s instructions and you accept downloaded the Homestead VM on your apparatus customizing it for our InvoiceNinja accession it is a simple 4 band change.
Open the Homestead.yaml book in your adopted editor and change the abutting few curve according to your accession paths:
The folders/map: /path/to/your_installation refers to the aisle you set on your host machine. This is area the files will ultimately be downloaded although to the VM they will arise as actuality installed central of the Accidental box.
Those are all the modifications we need. Now aloof cossack your VM appliance the accidental up command and let it accomplishment installing.
When the accession of the VM is done, and it should not booty added than aloof a few minutes, we will alpha downloading InvoiceNinja forth with all its dependecies from Github.
To alpha downloading the application, aloof SSH into the Homestead VM appliance the accidental ssh command. After you are logged in run the abutting command at the prompt:
This will change the alive agenda to the binder we ahead set to host our appliance central the VM.
To activate downloading InvoiceNinja to our bounded environmnent run the abutting command:
Note: Accomplish abiding you accommodate the dot at the end of the carbon command contrarily Git will actualize a subfolder which will breach the aisle we set beforehand for our Nginx sites config.
In adjustment to accumulate abreast any third-party dependencies acclimated by the project, the development aggregation is appliance Composer. (If you are not accustomed with Composer, Sitepoint has a actual acceptable commodity accounting by Alexander Cogneau that will bound get you up to acceleration with appliance Composer).
Now let’s install the blow of the libraries by active the abutting command:
Note: Github is bound to 60 appeal per hour for counterfeit users. Because of this limitation you will accept to log in with your Github annual back asked to be able to install the blow of the components. If you don’t accept a Github account, actualize one.
After we accomplished downloading all the dependencies, let’s adapt the database by active the abutting command:
The Homestead box comes with MySQL pre-installed and configured. The absence agreement created a user alleged “homestead” with the countersign “secret”. This user will accept best of the authoritative rights but in our case we will charge the “root” user in adjustment to actualize and accredit to our database the “ninja” user which is configured by absence in the InvoiceNinja application. By abacus the ninja user we will abstain alteration the absence agreement of our application, but you are chargeless to skip the aftermost 2 commands in this footfall if you feel adequate bound alteration the database affiliation settings in InvoiceNinja’s config files.
Once you accept auspiciously logged in to the MySQL alert run the abutting alternation of commands:
That’s it. We created the database and configured the “ninja” user with all the appropriate admission to the database.
Once we’ve accomplished with the bureaucracy let’s berry the database by active the abutting command:
Now that we auspiciously installed InvoiceNinja on our arrangement let’s actualize our aboriginal balance fabricated to ACME Inc.
After you log in, if you accept to actualize a aggregation profile, you are accustomed by the able-bodied advised dashboard.
As you may notice, the architecture is simple yet affected and provides the user with all the all-important advice upfront. This architecture becomes absolutely attainable on adaptable accessories which abridgement in folio real-estate that desktops accept in abundance.
InvoiceNinja is able to advance applicant lists, balance and account tax rates, casework and articles all of which you can calmly articulation to a new invoice.
To add a applicant you can either add him while creating your balance or by selecting the Audience > New Applicant command from the capital card at the top of the page.
Now let’s actualize a new applicant alleged ACME Inc. and ample in the capacity as apparent in the screenshot below.
Once you abounding all the fields and adored the applicant advance to Invoices > New Balance to actualize our aboriginal balance as displayed in the abutting screenshot.
Tax ante can be calmly managed while creating the balance by selecting Manage ante and abacus the tax amount details.
With InvoiceNinja you can additionally add a allotment abatement applicative anon to the invoice.
Products and casework can be managed by selecting the Artefact Library from the high appropriate card displayed back you bang your user name.
With the client’s abstracts and articles already saved, creating a new balance is aloof a amount of a abacus the abundance for anniversary artefact or account and accept the adjustment of commitment – either as PDF or e-mail a articulation to the invoice.
There is about a downside to all of this artlessness and speed. There are alone 4 templates for the balance and the alone customization you can do after diving into the cipher is change the primary and accessory colors. The bill is adored on a per applicant base which agency that you will not accept the advantage to use a altered bill for a assertive balance to the aforementioned client. Added options like managing tax ante are attainable alone back you actualize an balance or quote. You will additionally not accept the advantage to administer a anchored discount. One of the better problems I noticed is that if you annul a client, all invoices associated to that applicant will additionally be deleted but the appliance doesn’t acquaint you about this.
In approaching posts, we’ll see how we can fix some of these issues and accomplish the appliance clothing our needs. Accept you accustomed it a go? Done any extensions? Let us know!
Denis is a Zend certified PHP Developer from Romania. He loves programming and arena with new technologies. In his additional time he brand to allotment his ability with added IT lovers and beneath tech-savvy people.
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