Moneydance installation on Ubuntu 18.04

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Al Curtis

12 Mar, 2020 01:05 AM

I recently gave up Windows for good and moved back to Linux (Ubuntu 18.04). I installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu and then attempted to download and install the installer from the Moneydance site. The installer would appear to run but nothing would be installed. I then installed from the Ubuntu Software repository but Moneydance gave the error "Error: Could not find or load main class Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException:"

Long story short.... Ubuntu does not come with a default installation of Java. After installing the openjdk with "sudo apt install default-jdk" Moneydance would launch. Not sure what you might want to do about notifying new users about that.

Been using Moneydance since 2012, Linux on an off since 1994. Thanks for the excellent product.


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ethan on 12 Mar, 2020 02:13 AM

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    Hi Al,

    Thanks for reporting. You shouldn't have run into that problem though. We've distributed our own version of Java with the program itself for a few years now, so even if one didn't have Java installed on one's system generally, a version of it should have been installed for Moneydance. To clarify, did you download the program from If so, did you install the DEB file, or some other option?

    Infinite Kind Support

  2. 2 Posted by derekkent23 on 12 Mar, 2020 09:40 AM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.
    Hi Al

    On one of my computers I replaced Windows 7 with a dual boot of Linux Ubuntu 19.10 and Linux Mint 19.3

    On both versions of Linux I downloaded “moneydance_linux_amd64.deb” from
    by clicking on Download Deb

    Once downloaded double clicking on “moneydance_linux_amd64.deb” opens the “Package Installer” window to install. No issues, nothing else to install, Moneydance just worked when you click on its icon. I copied my data set folder to the Documents folder in “.moneydance” folder. I also copied my setup files config.dict and if you have set up a Theme the file from/to the “.moneydance” folder.

    As Ethan stated no need to install Java.

    Hope this helps.

  3. 3 Posted by Al Curtis on 12 Mar, 2020 11:46 AM

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    Just wanted to give an update.

    Not sure what happened with the initial installation from your site. I reinstalled a new copy of Ubuntu in Virtual Box this morning (18.04.3), After installation (and the installation of guest essentials). I downloaded and installed Moneydance from your site. Installed fine and ran without issue.

    The problem I ran into with Ubuntu was related to installing from the Ubuntu software repository. This attempts to install from the Snap beta channel. Other people have had this issue as well and currently Moneydance only has a 2 out of 5 stars rating because of it. To get the beta channel installation to run I had to install the openjdk.

    Sorry for the confusion.

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