GnuCash Portable 2.2.8 Released

Shawn Faucher's picture
Submitted by Shawn Faucher on December 19, 2008 - 4:06pm

GnuCash logoGnuCash Portable 2.2.8 has been released as a multilingual package. GnuCash Portable is an open source financial management application packaged as a portable app, so you can take your financial data with you. It has all the same great features as most commercial money management programs and more. This release updates GnuCash to the latest version. It's packaged in Format so it can easily integrate with the Suite. And it's open source and completely free.

Read on for more details...


GnuCash Portable Screenshot

  • Double-Entry Accounting
  • Bank/Liability/Expense Accounts
  • Stock/Bond/Mutual Fund Accounts
  • Small-Business Accounting (Customers, Vendors, Jobs, Invoices, Accounts Payable/Receivable)
  • QIF/OFX/HBCI Import, Transaction Matching
  • Reports, Graphs
  • Scheduled Transactions
  • Financial Calculations
Learn more about GnuCash...

New in This Release

This release updates GnuCash to the 2.2.8 release (release notes) and has an improved launcher and installer. Installer / Format

GnuCash Portable is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Suite including the Menu and Backup Utility.


GnuCash Portable is available for immediate download from the GnuCash Portable homepage. Get it today!

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John T. Haller's picture

Thanks for your work on this, Shawn. Smile

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

billiebub's picture

There seems to be an issue when I updated from 2.2.7 to 2.2.8. When I did the update and started the app, it would load in memory but after a while, nothing comes up and from the taskMgr, the loader and the the app terminate. So, I thought I must have done something to my registry (since I play a lot with registry keys and test different tools out there). So I reverted back the OS to an older recovery point when GnuCash was working. Same thing....

So, I thought the only difference here could be some files are not compatible with my profile. So, I deleted the "GnuCashePortable" dir and started from scratch with 2.2.8. I backed up my profile and tried a new installation. Works. Then copied back my profile. Now seems to work fine.

Do you think the loader might have an issue?

It's not what you know, its what you can prove.

John T. Haller's picture

As always, please start a topic on this in the support forums so people can answer and follow.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

A big thank you to Shawn Faucher for this app.

I tried MoneyManagerEx thinking that GnuCash would be too complicated but I actually find GnuCash's double-entry system easier to use than the categories of MoneyManagerEx; it is more configurable behind the scenes, comes with superb help and is being continually improved by many people.

Having been forced to use MS Money by Quicken abandoning UK customers I can now be portable and MS free with my accounts.

Shawn Faucher's picture

Once you get used to double-entry accounting, which I'll admit has a bit of a learning curve, it makes it so much easier to actually track exactly where your money is going! Categories make it too easy to fudge things to make it "look right". Wink

formerly rayven01

Statements like "double-entry accounting is a bit of a learning curve" is what used to put me off trying... however it was much easier than I thought it would be.

I had assumed that it meant you had to enter transactions twice, which would be a pain. For those that don't know, it means that when you enter a credit or debit in one account, instead of specifying a category for it, you specify another account as well. The principle is that money debited from one account must be credited to another. So rather than having accounts AND categories, you just have accounts... so it is simpler!

Shawn Faucher's picture

The non-intuitive part is the fact that all accounts show positive amounts, when in reality your expense accounts are credits (losing money) and your bank accounts are debits (gaining money). Income accounts are also kind of oddball since most people think of income as gaining money but they are technically credit accounts since money comes "out" of your income accounts and goes "into" your bank accounts. Once you get those concepts down it is pretty easy.

When you get into using splits (for instance splitting your paycheck up into gross pay to income accounts, tax withdrawals to expense accounts, direct deposit to bank accounts, insurance deductions to expense accounts, etc) it gets more complicated, but it is easy to start out generic (just count your net pay in your income account and your direct deposit in your bank account and forget about the rest for instance).

formerly rayven01