I’ve been looking for some time for a solution to run the GnuCash free accounting software local on the Chromebook, now we have it.
This is not the android version of GnuCash via Google Play, this is a full install of GnuCash Linux running in a Linux Container on the Chromebook.
Here is how to install it.
Turn on the Linux (Beta) container for your Chromebook under the settings (you might need a more current Chromebook, I’m running Google Chrome OS version 73 on a Samsung Chromebook 3 XE501C13-K02US as of this writing).
Once the Linux (Beta) is installed and run (this will take some time), you will get a command prompt, this is containerized Linux. From here you can use the apt-get command to install GnuCash from the default Debian repository. Simply type:
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get install gnucash
Once the gnucash install is finished (this will take some time too), you can run the GnuCash program by just typing the command “gnucash” (as indicated in the above image).
This will launch the GnuCash user interface and one can start creating a new GnuCash file or use an existing one.
A couple of notes:
- The current version in the Debian repository is GnuCash version 2.6.15, the latest in the version 2.6.x series is 2.6.21, not sure if this will be updated anytime soon.
- The current latest version of GnuCash is 3.5, so for simple accounting the 2.6.15 version may be suitable
- The gnucash files are installed in their respective directories to run the program and any .gnucash data files can be saved in the linux container which is also available as a folder on the Chromebook after installing the Linux (Beta).
- I’m looking into more if the current GnuCash 3.5 code can be manually installed in the linux container (it should), but will take time to understand it more and get it running.
- A GnuCash Icon will be added as part of Linux App group on the Chromebook (see the image below).
So for the cost of a Chromebook one can now get into free double entry accounting software.