GnuCash runs under Windows, MacOS, and many flavors of Linux/Unix. Installation is generally quite easy; instructions specific to different supported operating systems are given below.
If you need to use a version of GnuCash more up to date than the version available from your operating system or distribution's repositories and software sources, you can build GnuCash from source code. Links to instructions for building from the sources are provided on the appropriate OS/distribution installation pages. If specific instructions are not yet available for your system, you may consider adapting available instructions from a similar OS/distribution.
Linux users usually use their distribution's software management to install GnuCash and its dependencies.
You can check distributions for available versions of GnuCash by
- Depending on their update policy there can be a separate repository Backports or similar with a more recent version.
- Specific distribution families
- Ubuntu (and derivatives)
- RedHat based: Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, …
- Distribution agnostic
- recent (both stable and test) versions of GnuCash can now be installed, too:
Download the binary package from sourceforge.net or Github. Once you have downloaded the disk image, double click to open it, and then drag the app icon into your Applications folder (or anywhere else on your system that you choose). If you plan to use online features, drag the "Install Online Quotes" icon as well. Once you have copied them to your system, you can close the disk image. To run Gnucash, double click the icon on your system.
Other Operating Systems
When upgrading from GnuCash ver. 3 to ver. 4 you don't have to uninstall the previous (ver. 3) version. Your Linux software manager (or the Windows installer) will manage it for you. Nevertheless, it's recommended to backup your data and settings in case something went wrong.