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GnuCash is the leading GPL'ed Desktop Financial Manager Application. Appropriate for personal and small business use, it is meant to be easy to use and full of features.

There is no registration required to read this wiki or download and install GnuCash, only to edit this wiki.


GnuCash has versions that run on Windows, MacOS, and many different flavors of Linux and BSD.

Installation instructions for the different operating systems under which GnuCash operates are included at Installation.

Getting Help

If you have trouble using GnuCash, and the various documentation sources haven't helped you--or if you want to give some feedback, you can get help in several ways. See Getting Help for these options.

Available Documentation

User Documentation

Official GnuCash Documentation

GnuCash offers two major pieces of documentation:

The Documentation page on the website also contains this documents in

  • other languages: de, it, ja, pt;
  • other formats: PDF, ePub or mobi; as well as
  • other releases: nightly (unstable), previous and earlier stable releases.

The Glossary

Above GnuCash Tutorial and Concepts Guide includes a comprehensive Glossary: Released or Maintainer version.

Additionally, the Wiki Glossary includes more terms useful for developers, documentation writers, and translators.

The GnuCash FAQ

The GnuCash FAQ contains the collection of frequently asked questions about GnuCash, including administration, accounting, and glossary questions.

Using GnuCash

Using GnuCash collects real life experiences using GnuCash. You may find (user) solutions here that are not covered by the documentation.

Developer Documentation

The Application programming interface (API) for people who want to use the gnucash engine in their own project:

  • maint, the stable branch and
  • master, the new feature branch, which are daily generated from the sources using Doxygen.

Using the API shows how to use it.

Getting involved in the GnuCash project

The GnuCash Project is a volunteer-driven organization. We need your help to ensure that GnuCash survives and grows, and we need your help to help others.

There are many ways to contribute your knowledge and experience. Before you dig in, you may want to check out the GnuCash website for the latest news.

Note: This part of the wiki is intended to become the main repository of GnuCash developer documentation. Some formerly static pages have been moved here from the GnuCash website, but the move is not yet complete. Some remaining static pages may be out of date. Wherever a wiki article disagrees with a static web page on the Website, the wiki article here is more likely to be correct.

Here are a number of ways to get involved.

Mailing Lists

Subscribing to the mailing lists, and asking and answering questions there, is an excellent way to begin contributing the the success of GnuCash. See Mailing Lists for more.

Filing Bugs and Enhancement Requests

Occasionally, GnuCash will not work the way it was designed to work--or you have an idea for making GnuCash better. Improvements and fixes can be submitted using the Bugzilla bug tracker; more general suggestions can be made via the Uservoice pages.

Developing the Documentation


Developing the Application Code



Other Development Notes

Future developments

Historical Information