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 check book 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.Now if you want to open this application go to Application --—> Office--->GnuCash Finance Management

Here you can see the GnuCash application is loading

Once it loaded fully you can see the following screen here you can select the create a new set of accounts option click ok and follow the on screen options

Once it opens completely you should see the following screen

GnuCash Version details

GnuCash Cash in Wallet screenshot

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15 Responses

  1. Let me guess: That’s for Edgy? For Dapper you have to compile it yourself and will get a dependency hell.

  2. admin says:

    yes this one i have installed in ubuntu edgy

  3. So let’s hope for a backport some day. 😉

  4. Patrick says:

    So that’s installing, 2.0.5 is now out, how do I upgrade?



  5. Martin says:


    I am a newbie to Linux and am looking for a personal finance package like GnuCash and some simple installation instructions aimed at someone who’s idea of installation is placing a disk in a CD drive. Thanks in advance.

  6. Martin says:

    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. Martin says:

    ## Please Ignore my last two posts – 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. alf889 says:

    I’m new in ubuntu 6, I try to install the gnucash 6. I am not able to edit the sources.list file. I don’t know what that mean and to get to edit the sources.Can anyone please explain how to do that! Thank you in advance.

  9. admin says:

    first you need to use the following command to edit the file

    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

    or you can install vim editor and you can use this to edit the file

    sudo apt-get install vim

    then you need to edit the file

    sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

  10. Kevin says:

    I installed gnuCash. Used ‘sudo apt-get install gnucash’. Worked a treat, however, the software is NOT simple and easy to use. Way over the top for home finances.

  11. Bary says:

    Please give detail instruction from Edit, what part are we editing?

  12. Sandeep says:

    Have a look at the below link for Edit instructions :

  13. Lane says:

    I’m using Xubuntu Hardy Alpha1, and the only real snag is the fact that gnucash won’t install. It wants a library version 4.x and Hardy has only 5.x. Here’s hoping for a fix soon.

  14. larry kelly says:

    i guess its a good thing i also have a windows machine with quicken… just not that literate.. thanks

  15. Carl Collins says:

    GnuCash is the worst Linux application that I’ve ever tried in my 15 year history of using Linux. Absolutely frustrating piece of dawg crap! Who ever wrote this software needs to shot in the face, burned alive, and taken out and hung!!!! DIE SCUMBAG! YOU SUCK!

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