Can't install MoneyDance on Debian

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10 Feb, 2024 03:12 PM


Just installed Debian GNU/Linux 12 (bookworm) Gnome version 43.9on my son's old PC 64bit.

A complete newbie to Linux. I'm a Mac user for as far as I can remember, and I'm in my 60s. My Mac is an MBA 2011 and is getting on a bit. There is nothing wrong with it. Apple and many other software companies including Brave browser have stopped supporting the High Sierra OS. I'm fed up of them extracting money from me every few years through a deliberate policy of built in obsolescence.

I chose this distribution of Linux because it was recommended by someone as coming closest to Mac, well yes, up to a point.

I've downloaded moneydance_linux_amd(64).deb from the website. But I can't seem to install it. I followed MD recommendation but double clicking does not work. There does not seem to be an installer bundled with it. I've so far downloaded another app, HMRC RTI (UK based app) which is also a third party app and there was no problem installing it once the file was extracted (the extract button on download or Files folder).

Can someone with Linux expertise please help.

Many thanks.


  1. 1 Posted by sprimost on 11 Feb, 2024 06:25 PM

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    From: sprimost (not IK support)

    There are two ways of doing this, since it does not seem that the deb
    file is not "associated" with an installer (like g

    go to terminal and type

    |sudo apt install -f <name of moneydance deb file>. You will be prompted
    for your admin password.

    It is probably in Downloads, it would be ~/Downloads/, so the command
    would be

    sudo apt install -f ~/Downloads/moneydance_linux_amd64.deb

    The alternate method is to use a package installer, like

    Run the following command: ||sudo apt install gdebi

    And then, you will find "gdebi" as one of your programs in the start
    menu; just click on that.

    I believe that this will also require admin password.

    Hope this helps


  2. 2 Posted by tariq.khan on 12 Feb, 2024 11:08 AM

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    Thank you very much for this.
    I used the package installer and it worked like a charm. It’s so easy when you know how!
    Actually MD was already installed as I had been playing around trying to instal it using other means suggested on the internet but the icon never appeared in the start menu (show applications with nine dots). But now I’ve got two. Anyway it worked.
    Thank you very much again.

  3. 3 Posted by sth on 13 Feb, 2024 04:06 AM

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    Just a comment, since you old MBA was 13 years old, I assume that "extracting money every few years" is about a decade and a half. I would bet that intel PC you installed linux on is a few years younger than that (or at least had MAJOR surgery/replacements).

    I replaced my 2009 iMac last year but didn't feel that unreasonable!
    (NOT IK Support)

  4. Maddy closed this discussion on 13 Feb, 2024 10:05 AM.

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