The acronym ZUGFeRD stands for Zentraler User Guide des Forums elektronische Rechnung Deutschland (Central User Guide of the Forum for Electronic Invoicing Germany). ZUGFeRD represents the specification of an electronic invoice format. The ZUGFeRD format is promoted by the Forum elektronische Rechnung Deutschland (FeRD; Forum for Electronic Invoicing Germany) in cooperation with companies, associations and government ministries.
The first release of the format, ZUGFeRD-1.0, appeared on June 25, 2014. ZUGFeRD-2.0 was released at the beginning of July, 2018. This format is compatible with the profile EN 16931 for the requirements of XRechnung.