To customize some of Fava's behaviour, you can add custom entries like the following to your Beancount file.
Below is a list of all possible options for Fava.
Default: Not set
If this setting is not specified, Fava will try to guess the language from your browser settings. Fava currently ships translations into the following languages:
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Default: Not set or
en if the Beancount
render_commas option is set.
This sets the locale that is used to render out numbers. For example, with the
en_IN the number
1111111.33 will be rendered
1,111,111.33 with locale
1.111.111,33 with locale
Use this option to specify a default file for the editor to open. This option takes no value, the file the custom entry is in will be used as the default. If this option is not specified, Fava opens the main file by default.
Use this option to specify the page to be redirected to when visiting Fava. If
this option is not specified, you are taken to the income statement. You may
also use this option to set filters. For example, a
balance_sheet/?time=year-2+-+year would result in you being redirected to a
balance sheet reporting the current year and the two previous years.
Note that the supplied path is relative. It is probably easiest to navigate to the URL in your browser and copy the portion of the URL after the 'title' of your beancount file into this option.
The last day of the fiscal (financial or tax) period for accounting purposes in
%m-%d format. Allows for the use of
fiscal_quarter in the time filter, and
FY2018 as the start date, end date,
or both dates in a date range in the time filter.
09-30- US federal government
06-30- Australia / NZ
See Fiscal Year on WikiPedia for more examples.
The number spaces for indentation.
Default: Not set.
This option can be used to specify where entries are inserted. The argument to
this option should be a regular expression matching account names. This option
can be given multiple times. When adding an entry, the account of the entry (for
a transaction, the account of the last posting is used) is matched against all
insert-entry options and the entry will be inserted before the datewise latest
of the matching options before the entry date. If the entry is a Transaction and
insert-entry option matches the account of the last posting the account of
the second to last posting and so on will be tried. If no
matches or none is given, the entry will be inserted at the end of the main
Set this to
true to make Fava automatically reload the page whenever a file
changes is detected. By default only a notification is shown which you can click
to reload the page. If the file change is due to user interaction, e.g.,
uploading a document or adding a transaction, Fava will always reload the page
The subaccount of the Equity account to post unrealized gains to if the account trees are shown at market value.
This option can be used to configure how posting lines are aligned when saved to file or when using 'Align Amounts' in the editor. Fava tries to align so that the currencies all occur in the given column. Also, Fava will show a vertical line before this column in the editor.
The maximum number of queries to link to in the sidebar. Set this value to
to hide the links altogether.
Show a notification bubble in the sidebar displaying the number of events less
upcoming-events days away. Set this value to
0 to disable this feature.
These three options specify which accounts (not) to show in the account trees, like on the income statement. Accounts with a non-zero balance will always be shown.
Default: Not set
This option is used to specify accounts that will be collapsed in the displayed account trees. The argument to this option is a regular expression matching account names. This option can be specified multiple times.
Collapsing all accounts below a specific depth in the account tree can be
accomplished by a regex such as:
.*:.*:.* (this example collapses all accounts
that are three levels deep).
true, instead of using the internal editor, the
beancount:// URL scheme
is used. See the
Beancount urlscheme project for
This determines if the journal in the account report includes entries of sub-accounts.
If there has been no activity in given number of days since the last balance entry, then the grey uptodate-indicator is shown.
Default: Not set
Path to a Beancount import configuration file. See the Import help page for details.
Default: Not set
Set the directories to be scanned by the Beancount import mechanism.
In Beancount the Income, Liabilities and Equity accounts tend to have a negative balance (see Types of Accounts).
This Fava option flips the sign of these three accounts in the income statement and the balance sheet. This way, the net profit chart will show positive numbers if the income is greater than the expenses for a given timespan.
Note: To keep consistency with the internal accounting of beancount, the journal and the individual account pages are not affected by this configuration option.