Manage Business Expenses and Invoices with the Self Hosted Crater App

Manage Business Expenses and Invoices with the Self Hosted Crater App

Crater is an open-source web & mobile app that helps you track expenses, payments & create professional invoices & estimates. 💸

Keeping up with business expenses can be tedious. Now you can do this on your own server including professional invoices, estimates and even tracking payments with Crater.

What is Crater?

Crater is an open-source web & mobile app that helps you track expenses, payments & create professional invoices & estimates.

Accept payments with 100+ different payment methods via providers like Stripe, Paypal and RazorPay. Get these payments automatically added to your expanses and paid invoices.Accept payments with 100+ different payment methods via providers like Stripe, Paypal and RazorPay. Get these payments automatically added to your expanses and paid invoices.

Create Invoices either on the web or on your mobile device and send them instantly. Track and manage invoices on the go with our iOS and Android app.

Let your customers login to your customer portal with your own branding to manage and pay invoices easily.

GitHub - crater-invoice/crater: Open Source Invoicing Solution for Individuals & Businesses
Open Source Invoicing Solution for Individuals & Businesses - GitHub - crater-invoice/crater: Open Source Invoicing Solution for Individuals & Businesses

Install Crater using Docker Compose

Step 1 : Install Docker

Install Docker on your host: https://docs.docker.com/install/

Step 2 : Install Docker Compose

Install docker-compose by using this guide: https://docs.docker.com/compose/install/

Step 3 : Clone repository

Clone the repository by running this command: git clone https://github.com/crater-invoice/crater

Step 4 : Run below commands

Change your current working directory and run your app using below commands:

$ cd crater
$ cp .env.example .env
$ docker-compose up -d
$ ./docker-compose/setup.sh

Step 5 : Complete installation wizard

Open your web browser and go to your given domain (default: http://localhost and follow the installation wizard.)

On Installation wizard - Database setup, use below credentials:

  • Database Host: db
  • Database Name: crater
  • Database Username: crater
  • Database Password: crater

And that's it! You can try before you fly too. Check out the Crater demo.

Final Notes and Thoughts

Hosting Crater yourself is a great solution for businesses to have more control over their expense data. Crater has both Android and iOS apps that allow you to connect to your Crater server. You can create invoices, take payments and give estimates on the go anywhere on the job.

If you find Crater useful, be sure to star it in the Crater Github repo.

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