# Costflow Syntax
Costflow is a productivity tool for plain text accounting. By connecting messaging apps with cloud storage services, it can be much easier to create new directives/entries, especially on mobile devices. You can get more details in this post.
Costflow Syntax is the rule for parsing plain text to the accounting tools formats, such as Beancount, Ledger and hledger, etc.
For example, send the message below to Costflow bots:
Dinner #trip 200 bofa > trip
Costflow will parse it to the content below (in Beancount format):
2019-06-25 * "Dinner" #trip #costflow Assets:US:BofA -200.00 USD Expenses:Trip +200.00 USD