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GnuCash review

We put GnuCash through our intensive lab tests and rated how easy it is to get started, generate reports, access support and use its mobile app. Find out how it stacks up.

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What is GnuCash?  How does GnuCash work?  GnuCash review: at a glance  How do I get started?  How easy is GnuCash to use?  What help and support is on offer? 
What's GnuCash's mobile app like? How safe is GnuCash to use? Open banking and GnuCash Which? verdict on GnuCash GnuCash: FAQs  Get top money-saving tips from Which?

What is GnuCash? 

GnuCash is a piece of free accounting software that can help you track your bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses.

Given the software is free, it could seem like an attractive option for keeping on top of your finances, but is it any good?

We put GnuCash through rigorous testing under lab conditions, analysing the features we know are important to you and providing star ratings to help you compare packages. 

Our review includes the full results of our lab tests with ratings on data input, the dashboard, transactions, goal-tracking, report-generation, mobile app, security and an overall verdict from our personal finance software experts.

GnuCash product review Specifications
Version tested

3.6

 Price

Free

Free trial?

n/a

Compatibility

Windows, Mac, Linux, Android

Investment tracking

Yes

How does GnuCash work? 

GnuCash is a free programme that uses accountancy principles to balance your books and offer reports on your financial position.

Every transaction you enter must debit one account and credit another. The software also offers reminders and reconciliation features to help you keep on top of your incomings and outgoings.

It's bread-and-butter budgeting, so if you're looking for something that can offer more analysis of your financial position or future plans, you might want to consider other programmes like You Need A Budget or Buxfer.

This is the first time we've tested the software - read on to find out how we rate it.

GnuCash review: at a glance 

Find out how GnuCash fared in our lab review on performance (including data input, set up, dashboard, reports, transactions and tracking), support and its mobile app.

Members can log in to see the results of our analysis. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up to a one-month trial for Which? Money for just £1 to access this review and enjoy the benefits of a Which? membership.

GnuCash review Score

 

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How do I get started? 

We reveal how easy it is to set up and start using GnuCash. 

We asked our lab testers to manually input two sets of fictitious financial data, as well as import CSV and QIF files from various sources, in order to calculate star ratings for both ease and speed of data input.

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How easy is GnuCash to use? 

Our lab testers tried out dozens of GnuCash's features and issued star ratings for a range of performance indicators, including dashboard navigation, transaction-grouping, report-generating, goal-setting and reminder-scheduling functions.  

You can select the score table you want to see using the drop-down menu.

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What help and support is on offer? 

When using personal finance software, you may need some help to get the most out of the package.

We tested every element of GnuCash's customer support and gave it an overall star rating based on the range and quality of the services on offer.

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What's GnuCash's mobile app like?

The GnuCash mobile app is available for Android devices and acts as a companion app to the desktop application. Here's how the GnuCash mobile app was rated in our lab tests.

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How safe is GnuCash to use?

When entering your financial information, you want to be sure it's kept safe. Find out how GnuCash scored for security in our lab review across its desktop programme and mobile app.

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Open banking and GnuCash

GnuCash cannot link to UK bank accounts to import data. It's also not set up for  Open Banking, which allows you to share current account data via a secure application programming interface (API) without handing over your login details.

Instead, GnuCash allows you to import information from downloaded files and manually input information

Find out more: Open banking: sharing your financial data explained  

Which? verdict on GnuCash

We reveal how useful GnuCash is for beginners who struggle with computers or finances, as well as how suitable it is for advanced users with more experience.

Members can log in to see the results of our analysis. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up to a one-month trial for Which? Money for just £1 to access this review and enjoy the benefits of a Which? membership.

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Find out more: Best personal finance software - see how GnuCash compares.

GnuCash: FAQs 

 

Is GnuCash compatible with Microsoft Money and Quicken?

 

Yes, GnuCash is compatible with Microsoft Money or Quicken.

 

Can you import information automatically by linking your bank account?

 

GnuCash's automatic download doesn't work for UK banks, so you will need to download your transaction data in a standard format and then import it into the programme.

 

Does GnuCash work on Apple Watch?

 

GnuCash is not compatible with the Apple Watch.

 

Is it possible to have multiple accounts?

 

GnuCash allows you to set up an unlimited amount of multiple accounts, but you can only view one collection at a time.

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