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Free accounting software GnuCash got a new update recently for its 2.6 stable series.

GnuCash 2.6.18 is primarily comprised of bug fixes, including 2 bugs that are six years old. They are:

  • Calendar of upcoming SXes has various display issues.
  • Interdependent report options fail to change state after using apply for a limited number of times.
  • Set Invoice/Bill items date correctly from imported CSV.
  • unifying “Clear the entry.” tooltip on Loan Repayment Calculator.
  • Persian currency symbol is doubled.
  • Added Catalan Accounts for the New Account Assistant
  • Fixed errors from loading
  • Run the python bindings tests in a CMake build.
  • Implement dist, distcheck, and uninstall targets for CMake build.

How to Install GnuCash in Ubuntu:

The GetDeb repository contains the most recent GnuCash packages for Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 17.04, though the 2.6.18 is not available at the moment (Be patient, it will be available in a few days).

1. To add the repository, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc)-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

For Linux Mint 18.x, replace $(lsb_release -sc) in the code with xenial.

2. Then install the key so to trust the updates from the repository via command:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

3. Once the new release is published in that repository, use Software Updater to upgrade it:

upgrade GnuCash

or install GnuCash for the first time via either system package manager or run commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gnucash


To remove GnuCash financial-accounting software, either use system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove gnucash

To remove GetDeb repository, launch “Software & Updates” utility and navigate to Other Software tab.


GnuCash 2.6.17, the seventeenth maintenance release in the 2.6-stable series of the free financial-accounting software, was released 2 weeks ago. Now you can install it via GetDeb repository in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, and Linux Mint 18.x.

GnuCash 2.6.17 fixed following bugs:

  • Relax the account type change restrictions. Prevent changing some Account Options if it has transactions.
  • Improve the styling of the table element used for foreign currencies in the Balance sheet report so they end up aligned with the other currencies.
  • link in github repo README file needs correction/editing
  • Add ‘transaction’ to the schema and document it in gnc-pricedb.h.
  • Fix that Online Banking Wizard Crashes for Windows (gnucash-on-windows)
  • Also separate translatable commodity namespace strings from those used in storage.
  • Transactions produced by Transfer Funds or Process Payment dialogs sort to beginning of day and do not honor NUM field for custom sorting.
  • Fix Stock Split Assistant crashes if you enter a New Price and that already exists in the Price DB
  • Fix gnucash-2.6.16 segfaults on startup
  • Fix typo in ‘import customers or vendors from text file’ dialog

How to Install GnuCash 2.6.17 in Ubuntu:

Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run following commands one by one:

1. Add the GetDeb repository via command:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc)-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

For Linux Mint 18.x, run following command instead to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb xenial-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

2. Upgrade GnuCash via Software Updater utility if you have a previous release installed:

upgrade GnuCash

Or install it via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gnucash


To remove GnuCash, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove gnucash

The GetDeb repository can be removed via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.


While Ubuntu repositories only provide old versions of GnuCash, here’s how to install the latest version of the financial-accounting software, GnuCash 2.6.16, Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18, and Ubuntu 17.04.

GnuCash is free small-business financial-accounting software designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible. It allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses.

The latest so far is GnuCash 2.6.16, features various bug-fixes and translation updates.

GnuCash 2.6.16

How to Install GnuCash 2.6.16 in Ubuntu:

The GetDeb repository offers the binary packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and their derivatives.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching “Terminal” from app launcher, when it opens, run command:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc)-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

Type in your password (no visual feedback) and hit Enter to add the repository.

For Linux Mint, please enable GetDeb App repository via Software Sources -> Additional repositories.

2. For those who have a previous release installed, launch Software Updater (Update Manager) and upgrade GnuCash after checking for updates:

upgrade GnuCash

or simply run commands to update and install the financial-accounting software:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install gnucash


The GetDeb repository can be removed via the Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.

If you want to downgrade GnuCash to the stock version in Ubuntu repositories, install Synaptic Package Manager via Ubuntu Software, launch it and force install old version of gnucash.

GnuCash 2.6 Stable

The latest stable release of GnuCash, a personal and small-business financial-accounting software now is at version 2.6.x, announced on 29th Dec 2013.

What’s New in GnuCash 2.6:

New Features:

Preferences have been migrated from GConf to GSettings. This is a simpler and more robust backend which writes to the OS’s native prefs — defaults on OS X and the Registry on MSWindows — and allows us to remove several troublesome dependencies including GConf, ORBit, and DBus. The change includes a migration script that will run at Gnucash startup.

New date handling which allows GnuCash to use dates after March 2038.

Guile-2 compatibility: GnuCash now requires either Guile-1.8 or Guile-2.0 Documents outside of GnuCash, images of receipts for example, can now be linked to transactions, with the facility of opening them in the default application for the document type.

Cutsom Reports can now be saved without renaming the report, and modifications can overwrite an existing report.

The import assistant now finishes much more quickly after assigning contra-accounts.

GnuCash now requires Gtk+-2.24.0 and GLib-2.26.0. Most of the dependencies on obsolete libraries have been removed; only libgnomecanvas remains. Unfortunately the effort to rewrite the register code to use GtkTreeModel wasn’t completed in time, so GnuCash is not on the cusp of converting to Gtk3.

The Business Module has been substantially revamped, including support for Credit Notes and import of customers and vendors from a CSV file.

The Num field in the register display is now optionally per-split, so for example a check number can be entered for the checking account split and an invoice number for the expense account split.

GnuCash can now open locked books read-only so that more than one user can view a file. GnuCash still does not support multiple simultaneous writers.

By agreement of all authors, GnuCash is now licensed under the GNU General Public License Version 2 or later rather than simply Version 2. This allows derivative works to be licensed under the GPL Version 3 if the author of such a work so desires.

Bug fixes since 2.5.10:

  • Asset account’s “total” value should use most recent transaction prices
  • libofx can supply broken UTF-8 for account id
  • GnuCash should sanitise UTF-8 before serialising files to avoid writing broken unparseable XML.
  • General Ledger – Can’t Enter Transaction Amounts
  • The Tip of the Day preference isn’t getting saved
  • New Book Tabs on Windows

Other Changes:

  • Don’t create a second account hierarchy page when cancelling the Hierarchy Assistant or when using Actions->New Account Hierarchy on an already open book.
  • Reset Warnings dialog: show translated warnings
  • The locale-names for Help and the Tutorial and Concepts Guide have been renamed to language-only so that, for example, someone using the Swiss-German locale will be shown help in German instead of English.

Download & Install GnuCash 2.6:

Source Code and Windows EXE file are available in sf download page.

For Ubuntu users, build GnuCash 2.6 from source or wait for Canonical updating the universe repository.

GnuCash Website