Multi Currency Accounting

In ERPNext, you can make accounting entries in multiple currency. For example, if you have a bank account in foreign currency, you can make transactions in that currency and system will show bank balance in that specific currency only.


To get started with multi-currency accounting, you need to assign accounting currency in Account record. You can define Currency from Chart of Accounts while creating Account.

Set Currency from Chart of Accounts

You can also assign / modify the currency by opening specific Account record for existing Accounts.

Modify Account Currency

For Customer / Supplier (Party), you can also define it's billing currency in the Party record. If the Party's accounting currency is different from Company Currency, you should mention Default Receivable / Payable Account in that currency.

Customer Accounting Currency

Once you defined Currency in the Account and selected relevant accounts in the Party record , you are ready to make transactions against them. If Party account currency is different from Company Currency, system will restrict to make transaction for that party with that currency only. If account currency is same as Company Currency, you can make transactions for that Party in any currency. But accounting entries (GL Entries) will always be in Party Account Currency.

You can change accounting currency in Party / Account record, until making any transactions against them. After making accounting entries, system will not allow to change the currency for both Party / Account record.

In case of multi-company setup, accounting currency of Party must be same for all the companies.


Sales Invoice

In Sales Invoice, transaction currency must be same as accounting currency of Customer if Customer's accounting currency is other than Company Currency. Otherwise, you can select any currency in Invoice. On selection of Customer, system will fetch Receivable account from Customer / Company. The currency of receivable account must be same as Customer's accounting currency.

Now, in POS, Paid Amount will be entered in transaction currency, instead of earlier Company Currency. Write Off Amount will also be entered in transaction currency.

Outstanding Amount and Advance Amount will always be calculated and shown in Customer's Account Currency.

Sales Invoice Outstanding

Purchase Invoice

Similarly, in Purchase Invoice, accounting entries will be made based on Supplier's accounting currency. Outstanding Amount and Advance Amount will also be shown in the supplier's accounting currency. Write Off Amount will now be entered in transaction currency.

Journal Entry

In Journal Entry, you can make transactions in different currencies. There is a checkbox "Multi Currency", to enable multi-currency entries. If "Multi Currency" option selected, you will be able to select accounts with different currencies.

Journal Entry Exchange Rate

In Accounts table, on selection of foreign currency account, system will show Currency section and fetch Account Currency and Exchange Rate automatically. You can change / modify the Exchange Rate later manually. Debit / Credit amount should be entered in Account Currency, system will calculate and show the Debit / Credit amount in Company Currency automatically.

Journal Entry in multi currency

Example 1: Payment Entry Against Customer With Alternate Currency

Suppose, default currency of the company is INR and customer's accounting currency is USD. Customer made full payment against an outstanding invoice of USD 100. Exchange Rate (USD -> INR) in Sales Invoice was 60.

Exchange Rate in the payment entry should always be same as invoice (60), even if exchange rate on the payment date is 62. The bank account will be credited by the amount considering exchange rate as 62. Hence, Exchnage Gain / Loss will be booked based on exchange rate difference.

Payment Entry

Example 2: Inter-bank Transfer (USD -> INR)

Suppose the default currency of the company is INR. You have a Paypal account for which Currency is USD. You receive payments in the paypal account and lets say, paypal transfers amount once in a week to your other bank account which is managed in INR.

Paypal account gets debited on different date with different exchange rate, but on transfer date the exchange rate can be different. Hence, there is generally Exchange Loss / Gain on the transfer entry. In the bank transfer entry, system sets exchange rate of the credit account (Paypal) based on the average incoming exchange rate. This is to maintain Paypal balance properly in company currency. In case you modify the average exchange rate, you need to adjust the exchange rate manually in the future entries, so that balance in account currency and company currency are in sync. Then you should calculate and enter Exchange Loss / Gain based on the Paypal exchange rate and the exchange rate on the transfer date.

Lets say, Paypal account debited by following amounts over the week, which has not been transferred to your other bank account.

Date Account Debit (USD) Exchange Rate
2015-09-02 Paypal 100 60
2015-09-02 Paypal 100 61
2015-09-02 Paypal 100 64

Suppose, Exchange Rate on the payment date is 62 and Bank Transfer Entry will be look like below:

Inter Bank Transfer


General Ledger

In General Ledger, system shows debit / credit amount in both currency if filtered by an Account and Account Currency is different from Company Currency.

General Ledger Report

Accounts Receivable / Payable

In Accounts Receivable / Payable report, system shows all the amounts in Party / Account Currency.

Accounts Receivable Report

Next: Advance Payment Entry