Flatpak

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Flatpaks are bundles which besides the program also contain all required libraries. Use cases:

  • If your Linux distribution is too old to offer all required libraries but has Flatpak support, you can install a recent released version of GnuCash from the FlatHub repository.
  • If a developer asks you to test a patch, you can use a nighly version from our Flatpak repository.

Known Issues

  • To use smart cards, at least Flatpak 1.3.2 needs to be installed on your system. Complain against your distribution if they do not offer it.
  • no direct report printing (printing to file works) and
  • a potential bug that causes guile to attempt to recompile all scm sources. Workaround

Installation

Examples for Ubuntu or Debian (in Buster, Flatpak is already included, for Stretch and Jessie backports exist):

Hint
For other distributions replace apt* <command> by your preferred commandline software managment tool and its command, i.e.
zypper install flatpak
for many rpm based distributions.

Stable version from flathub.org

See also: Flathub

Current flathub version Gnucash 3.8 ships with Aqbanking 6.1.0 which is suitable PSD2 using online banking with the FinTS/HBCI protocol.

sudo apt-get install flatpak
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak run org.gnucash.GnuCash

Test version from gnucash.org

Warning
Save your data before using test versions!

Often you can find test versions on the build-server. They come in two flavours:

Maint
Version 3.9 plus all recent bug fixes, but no new features: code.gnucash.org/builds/flatpak/maint/
Master
Version 3.9 plus new features, but bug fixes can be delayed a few days: code.gnucash.org/builds/flatpak/master/
Tip
The file names in these directories can be used in the example below after trimming the „gnucash-“ prefix and „.flatpakref“ suffix.

The current version contains Aqbanking 6.1.0 (PSD2 capable of online banking via FinTS/HBCI (german) protocol; date of this information: 2020-02-20).

sudo apt install flatpak  #install Flatpak
# register repositories:
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists gnucash https://code.gnucash.org/builds/flatpak/gnucash-nightlies.flatpakrepo
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak --arch=x86_64 remote-ls gnucash  # show all packages
# output should be:
# org.gnucash.GnuCash
# org.gnucash.GnuCash.Debug
# org.gnucash.GnuCash.Locale
sudo flatpak --arch=x86_64 install gnucash org.gnucash.GnuCash//maint-C3.8b-163-g0e6c9e219-D3.8b-15-g0479ece  # <-- change version here!
flatpak run org.gnucash.GnuCash  # start program
Note
flatpak --arch=x86_64 is only required, if you have a 64-bit processor with a 32-bit OS.

Tips

To call aqbanking-cli and other command line tools
flatpak run --command=sh org.gnucash.GnuCash
opens a shell inside the sandbox of GnuCash.
Migration from normal package to flatpak (german)