Install GnuCash financial-accounting software in Ubuntu

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GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, *BSD, Solaris and Mac OSX.

Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.

Install Gnucash In ubuntu

You need to make sure you have universe source list under /etc/apt/sources.list file.if you have already then follow these commands to install

sudo apt-get install gnucash

This will install all the required packages for gnucash

You need to edit the following file to access your gnucash application under Application ---> Office

Now we will create a menu entry

sudo vi /usr/share/applications/GnuCash.desktop

and you need to enter the following lines

[Desktop Entry]
Name=GnuCash
Comment=GnuCash Personal Finance
Exec=gnucash
Icon=/usr/share/pixmaps/gnucash/gnucash-icon.png
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=Application;Office;

Save and exit the file.

Now you need to refresh the Gnome Panel without logout using the following command

killall gnome-panel

One more option is you can logout from current gnome desktop and login back.

Now you can access Gnucash from Applications--->Office--->Gnucash you can see this in the following screen

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Once you click on Gnucash it will start loading you can view this in the following screen

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Gnucash in Action

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10 thoughts on “Install GnuCash financial-accounting software in Ubuntu

  1. This may be a dumb question, but will get the latest gnucash 2.02.

    I did this on my desktop almost a month ago based on information from another source and ended up with 1.8, but maybe I got the dependencies for the next version. I’m not sure.

    I have the Debian install package, but is kind of irritating that these things do not automatically find the libraries or at least list them so I can get them installed.

    I consider myself an intermediate beginner Linux user, so I am still picking up on some of these things.

  2. I’m trying to install GnuCash Menu entry on Ubuntu, but I have problem to save desktop file in vi. Is there any other way to do this?

  3. I don’t understand part of the instructions! You wrote: “You need to edit the following file to access your gnucash application under Application —> Office
    Now we will create a menu entry”

    What following file? You didn’t specify the name of the file to edit!
    I have to say, I’m new to Linux in general and the whole thing just doesn’t make any sense. Why is it so hard for people to give simple instructions? Why do you always assume that whomever is reading your instruction actually have any knowledge of Linux?
    I mean it can’t be that difficult……..

  4. I am not sure did you read the complete article i have clearly menctioned about the file name,how to edit and what to enter in that file

  5. I couldn’t do it until I changed vi to gedit

    Now we will create a menu entry

    sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/GnuCash.desktop

    and you need to enter the following lines

    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=GnuCash
    Comment=GnuCash Personal Finance
    Exec=gnucash
    Icon=/usr/share/pixmaps/gnucash/gnucash-icon.png
    Terminal=false
    Type=Application
    Categories=Application;Office;

    Save and exit the file.

    Now you need to refresh the Gnome Panel without logout using the following command

    killall gnome-panel

    This worked for me, Ubuntu 6.0.6 LTS. GnuCash is not in Application / Office / GnuCash

    Thanks all

  6. I am not able to edit the sources.list file. It looks like it is owned by root and I do not appear to have the root password. I have only recently installed Ubuntu. I do not recall being asked for a root password but I have obviously setup my own password. Thanks in advance,

  7. ## Please Ignore my last post – I have moved on. I am now getting the following error – Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    sudo apt-get install gnucash
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package gnucash is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    E: Package gnucash has no installation candidate

  8. I had installed GnuCash financial in my PC but I met one disturbing thing with auto save I really boring with this auto save. Every time I entry data it alway save data to me and this data is not in original doc it save in other folder so many doc its save itself.

    Could you help me how to dismiss this disturbing?

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