GnuCash Android v1.6.0 pre-beta

Ngewi Fet ngewif at
Wed Apr 29 05:29:04 EDT 2015

Hi David,

On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 3:16 AM, David Carlson <david.carlson.417 at>

> Thanks for those references.  I also found that by using 'File Manager" I
> found that Gnucash Android has created
> /storage/emulated/0/ and .../exports to keep
> those in resp. so now I can find those.

GnuCash Android does automatically create backups (before irreversible
delete operations or explicitly) in the folders you found.

> I do not see a way to keep multiple data files, which would be nice for
> testing some features as well as general use.

At the moment only one book can be open at a time. You can import a
different book (NavDrawer -> Open...) and GnuCash will backup the current
book and open the new one.
You can always reopen the old one from the backup on SD card (Settings ->
Restore backup...).

> I also noticed in the read me in one place it states that it can import
> gnucash desktop accounts and transactions but I have not found a way to
> import transactions from xml or the qif import that was referenced
> somewhere.  Those features must be coming soon.

If you use GnuCash XML format on the desktop, you can just feed that same
file into GnuCash Android and it will import your accounts and transactions
(including scheduled transactions).
This feature has existed for quite a while. I guess I need to update the
account import blog post guide. QIF and SQLite imports are not supported.

Ngewi F.

> On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 6:18 PM, Dave H <hellvee at> wrote:
>> David,
>> Go to and scroll down about half a page to the Gnucash
>> for Android section - it's just off the bottom of the screen on my
>> monitor.  Click on the "Info and Development" link which will take you to
>> the README for the app at
>>  If
>> you click on one of the blog links or just go to
>> for the blog home page you will be able to
>> read some of the blog postings which will give you more of a feel for the
>> app and how to use it.  There is also an Android Import Guide from 2014 on
>> the blog home page -
>> I seem to recall that the version prior to this latest beta will also
>> read my gnucash xml file directly and I was able to just import that the
>> last time I played around with the app.  I won't be upgrading to this
>> latest beta for a week or so as I have some transactions I need to export
>> from my phone and import into gnucash proper on my desktop.
>> Cheers Dave H.
>> On 29 April 2015 at 08:49, David Carlson <david.carlson.417 at>
>> wrote:
>>> I was able to install it to my LG G Pad 7.0 LTE over release 1.5.5 from
>>> the
>>> play store.  I had to fumble a lot initially to figure out how Gnucash
>>> for
>>> android works in general.  I finally succeeded in importing my account
>>> structure and created a couple of sample transactions, but it seemed very
>>> hard to do since i have not found a quick way enter account names or copy
>>> text from other transactions, if possible.
>>> After that I installed the beta from this email since I have not found
>>> your
>>> development repository.  I finally succeeded in exporting a qif file via
>>> the share file method to email it to myself because I could not figure
>>> out
>>> how to make other methods such as local file creation on a sd card work.
>>> Then gnucash for android developed a black screen and I cannot see
>>> anything
>>> now.  I guess I need to un-install it.
>>> I think it needs a help manual describing how to do the basic things.
>>> I guess it has a lot of promise, but I could not jump in with both feet
>>> and
>>> use it right away.
>>> David C
>>> On Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 7:23 PM, Ngewi Fet <ngewif at> wrote:
>>> > Hello everyone,
>>> > We are kinda feature complete for the 1.6.0 release and would like to
>>> enter
>>> > the testing phase. I am releasing first to the developer mailing list,
>>> then
>>> > to the beta group and then a rolling release to the general public. Of
>>> > course while fixing any issues that arise in-between the different
>>> phases.
>>> >
>>> > Attached to this email is a properly signed apk file which you can
>>> install
>>> > on your device. You can just download the attachment and install or
>>> build
>>> > your own from the sources in the develop branch (very easy to do with
>>> > Android studio).
>>> >
>>> > This is a pre-beta release so please **BACK UP YOUR DATA** before
>>> > installing it.
>>> >
>>> > Notable highlights in this release include:
>>> > - Improved recurrence options for scheduled transactions
>>> > - Basic reports generation (with bar, pie and line charts)
>>> > - Scheduled export to SD Card, DropBox or Google Drive
>>> > - Improved creation of backups and restoring of backups
>>> > - Improved reliability of account imports and db migrations
>>> > - Numerous bug fixes and improvements
>>> >
>>> > I would like to thank Yongxin Wang and Oleksandr Tyshkovets for
>>> > contributing significantly to this release.
>>> >
>>> > This release also adds automatic logging of crashes and errors to
>>> > Crashlytics which helps detect errors and improve the stability of the
>>> app.
>>> > This logging is enabled by default in pre-release builds but will be
>>> turned
>>> > off in production releases (with an option to enable it later).
>>> >
>>> > Also, GnuCash Android now produces GnuCash XML which can be read by
>>> GnuCash
>>> > on the desktop (YAAAY!!) - There is a new XML export UI option and
>>> also as
>>> > backup format .gnca
>>> >
>>> > *NOTE: *please remember that this is NOT a two-way synchronization*.*
>>> > However, the compatibility now enables you to start working on a file
>>> on
>>> > GnuCash desktop, open it in the mobile app, edit and save (to DropBox
>>> etc)
>>> > and then resume editing on the desktop. Each time you save, a new file
>>> is
>>> > created but the workflow is possible. GnuCash Android also registers
>>> itself
>>> > to open .gnucash files.
>>> >
>>> > Accounts, transactions and scheduled transactions are the only features
>>> > supported at the moment. If your desktop file contains more features
>>> > (budgets, customers etc), these will be ignored completely.
>>> >
>>> > All the same, I am excited that we have arrived this point and
>>> continue to
>>> > look forward to new features and further integration with GnuCash
>>> desktop!
>>> >
>>> > So please try out this pre-release and tell me what you think.
>>> > Cheers,
>>> > Ngewi
>>> >
>>> > P.S. Now is the time to send in translation for strings, or create a
>>> new
>>> > one if your language is not yet supported. Email me if you want to
>>> help but
>>> > are unsure how to.
>>> >
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