Postbooks

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Postbooks
Developer(s) xTuple
Stable release 4.5.0 / June 9, 2014; 10 months ago (2014-06-09)
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Accounting/ERP
License CPAL
Website xTuple.com/postbooks

PostBooks is an open source accounting and enterprise resource planning business system geared toward small to medium sized businesses. It is released under a CPAL license and is thus free software. PostBooks is maintained as an open source project on GitHub but is based on the commercially licensed xTuple ERP system created by xTuple, a private software company based in Norfolk, VA.

Name[edit]

The name PostBooks is derived from three aspects of the project. First "Post" alludes to the common concept of posting journals in accounting. Second, the name refers to the project's technological roots as it runs exclusively on the PostgreSQL database.

History[edit]

PostBooks is the foundation of the xTuple ERP software solution developed and marketed by the company of the same name beginning in the year 2000. All of the xTuple ERP Editions are targeted toward small to midsize companies. PostBooks is the Free and Open Source Edition; Commercial offerings are the Standard Edition and the Manufacturing Edition.

The first stable release of PostBooks was version 2.2.0 announced in September 2007 when its code was first made publicly available on SourceForge.[1] Since then source code management has been moved to GitHub.[2]

Functionality[edit]

PostBooks is divided into 7 functional modules: Accounting, Sales, CRM, Manufacture, Purchase, Inventory and Products. It supports multi-currency and multi-language capability and is therefore suited for international deployment. All modules are integrated into a single common code base in the client, and reside in a single database schema on the server. The difference between the two is completely managed in the database schema where the OpenMFG database includes additional tables and functions to support larger enterprises.

The PostBooks project includes three application interface options: a locally installed Graphical User Interface (GUI) client, a mobile enabled web client, and a REST based web services API for integration with third party applications, all of which feed into the same PostgreSQL back end database. The GUI client is uses a client–server methodology written in C++ using the Qt framework. Both the Qt client and PostgreSQL database server may be run on Windows, Macintosh, or Linux operating systems. The GUI client also uses the OpenRPT report writer and renderer as its embedded reporting engine. OpenRPT is an LGPL licensed open source project also administered by xTuple and hosted on GitHub. The web client is written entirely in JavaScript using Enyo to manage the presentation layer and Backbone for the model layer. It communicates with a NodeJS server which provides the REST web services interface. The web client uses Pentaho to provide reporting and business intelligence functions.

Community[edit]

PostBooks has a mature and established community. While the project is technically maintained on GitHub, most community activity is initiated at the xTuple hosted community website where additional forums and technical documents are available.

PostBooks is written using English as the base language but has been or is being translated into several languages by the community at large including Spanish, French, German, Russian, Turkish, Chinese and Portuguese.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ned Lilly (2007-09-06). "xTuple releases OpenMFG and PostBooks 2.2". PostgreSQL.org. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  2. ^ John Rogelstad (2013-07-18) We've Moved! xtuple.org. Retrieved 2013-07-18.

External links[edit]

Postbooks documentation[edit]