The country-wise chart-of-accounts has been bootstrapped from a popular open source erp odoo (formerly openerp). In odoo, the charts were in xml or csv file format. But the major problem was, the charts were not visible in tree structure. We have converted them into json format, for better readability and to view them in tree structure.
After getting the tree, the major hurdle was to assign different properties (like root_type, account_type, group_or_ledger etc) for those accounts. The file contents are in the local language of that country. We have tried our best to read those using translate.google.com and assign multiple properties. We have finalized charts for some countries, but still there are many pending charts to finalize.
Hence, we decided to hand-over the task to the communities. Actually we realized that it is the perfect way of working for such cases. You have better knowledge for your country-specific charts and proficiency in your native language.
Guidelines for contribution:
Please go to the above link and find the file for your country’s chart of accounts. You can help us to assign different kind of properties for the accounts.
If you are a developer, you can directly make the changes in json and send pull request.
root_type: Asset, Liability, Expense, Income, Equity
It is applicable only for root account groups and is mandatory for all roots.
account_type:: Receivable, Payable, Cost of Goods Sold, Stock, Bank, Cash
It is used to identify the type of a account. For example, the group under which warehouse account will be created, should be assigned as “Stock”
group_or_ledger: Group, Ledger
Used to identify account is a group or ledger (leaf node). Assign Group if there are no child for a account but it’s a group. For example, “Bank Accounts” in the above chart.
The compatibility of my companies want to keep their account chart as much as possible.
So I was wondering if instead of using the default country chart, would it be possible to replace it with an another json file before the installation. An if so is their some specification we need to keep in other for it to work?
Yes, you can include your own chart in json format. While making don’t forget to mention country_code, is_active property. And in tree, you have to mention atleast root_type for each root. Other property can be mentioned later as well, from inside the application.
For which country you want to replace the chart? Is the existing chart is not good enough for your country? You can also directly make changes in the existing chart and send a pull request to us?
It’s for Canada in french. My company already have a very detail chart, so to ease up the transition we would like to keep it.
As for your other question, the existing chart look alright, but I’m not working in accounting so I can’t say for sure.
We’re still in the exploring phase with ERPNext but it look like a VERY promising ERP. And I soon as we begin to personalize it more (especially for Service type company), we will be happy to contribute by sending the change back to you!